US Military Combat Camera History & Stories Museum


Five Came Back

Our story began from these 5 Hollywood directors who all volunteered during WWII to train our military members how to shoot the European and Pacific wars. Five Came Back is an American documentary based on the 2014 book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by journalist Mark Harris. It was released as a stand-alone documentary in New York and Los Angeles, and as a three-part series on Netflix, on March 31, 2017. The documentary focuses on five directors – John FordWilliam WylerJohn HustonFrank Capra, and George Stevens – whose war-related works are analyzed by modern filmmakers, respectively Paul GreengrassSteven SpielbergFrancis Ford CoppolaGuillermo del Toro, and Lawrence KasdanMeryl Streep, who serves as narrator, won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for her performance. Five Came Back explores the experiences of five U.S. film directors – John FordWilliam WylerJohn HustonFrank Capra, and George Stevens – and their frontline work during the Second World War.  It draws on over 100 hours of archival footage and is narrated by Meryl Streep. Each modern director discusses the impact and legacies of one of the five earlier directors: Steven Spielberg (Wyler), Francis Ford Coppola (Huston), Guillermo del Toro (Capra), Paul Greengrass (Ford), and Lawrence Kasdan (Stevens). The film was based on the 2014 book of the same name by Mark Harris. The filmmakers studied more than 100 hours of newsreel and archival footage, and more than 40 documentaries and training films created by the five directors during the war. They also reviewed 50 studio films by the directors and more than 30 hours of raw footage from their war films. Director Laurent Bouzereau, who has extensive experience documenting films and directors, introduced the idea of interviewing five current directors for the project.

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