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by Glenn Dunks

It can sometimes feel like we've seen WWII from so many perspectives that there can't possibly be new ways to convey the weight of its tragedy.ThatFive Came Back,a new three-part mini-docu-series on Netflix,manages to succeed at doing this is just one of its many virtues.Adapted from Mark Harris' book of the same name by Harris himself and directed by Laurent Bouzereau,this is a three-hour documentary about the work of five of Hollywood's biggest directorial names of the 1930s who enlisted to support the American war effort the only way that they knew how: through film,and the personal battles they fought in order to do so.

They were Frank Capra,John Huston,George Stevens,William Wyler and John Ford – the latter of whom gets the biggest laugh labelling documentaries in the 1930s as "silly things that rich kooks made"– each of whom left behind successful careers without the promise of anything when they came back.

If they came back at all.The series charts their early efforts before America's entering the war after Pearl Harbour in 1941 before digging more deeply in the works that they produced from the front lines on the ground and in the skies....


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