Ford one of Five Film Directors caught up in World War II in ‘Five Came Back’


Ford shares the spotlight with fellow directors William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens in this unique book about the impact of World War II on their careers. Author Mark Harris reveals the complex relationship of this historical phenomenon, as World War II transformed Hollywood, and Hollywood transformed World War II.


Ford was among the five major wartime directors given a commission to spend the war producing movies. Ford was assigned to make documentaries for the Navy Department and won Academy Awards for two of the films he produced during his services – for semi-documentary ‘The Battle of Midway’ (1942) and ‘December 7th’ (1943).


While Ford is best known for his westerns, the fact that what he was producing in this period challenged the standard format of the propaganda and training films required of him, and produced some extraordinary films, demands this kind of attention.


Mark Harris worked for Entertainment Weekly for fifteen years and is the author of ‘Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood.’


‘Five Came Back’ is available in Irish bookstores, including Dubray Books and Easons, now.


Deirdre Molumby