John Ford Goes to War

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John Ford Goes to War

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John Ford Goes to War

Release Date: January 01, 2002

Year    :   2002
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Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   FBN Productions
Director    :   Tom Thurman
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Writers    :   Tom Marksbury
RunTime    :   56 mins.

When World War II broke out, John Ford, in his forties, commissioned in the Naval Reserve, was put in charge of the Field Photographic Unit by Bill Donavan, director of the soon-to-be-OSS. During the war, Field Photo made at least 87 documentaries, many with Ford's signature attention to heroism and loss, and many from the point of view of the fighting soldier and sailor. Talking heads discuss Ford's life and personality, the ways that the war gave him fulfillment, and the ways that his war films embodied the same values and conflicts that his Hollywood films did. Among the films profiled are "Battle of Midway," "Torpedo Squadron," "Sexual Hygiene," and "December 7."

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