Sometimes, I go to Netflix for a mindless binge: A little treat for my brain to nosh on while I clean the house, do busywork or take a nap (I don’t really remember watching half of season 2 of OITNB...) But other shows require my full attention, shows like The Crown, Master or None and Bojack Horseman. I savor those shows and I make sure (as much as possible) to make those distraction-free viewing.
Add Five Came Back to that list.
Five Came Back tells the story of five Hollywood directors – John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, Frank Capra and William Wyler – and their efforts to propagate and document World War II. Over the course of three episodes, the documentary explores how these directors met the call of creating works that spurned the public to galivanize behind the cause of defeating Nazi Germany (and later Imperial Japan.) It also touches on the complex nature of propaganda – why it’s made, who creates it and how it shapes the way we see world events. Modern directors, like Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, bring their filmmaking expertise and perspective to the story.
Five Came Back is easily bingeable and I watched most of it in one sitting. If you love Hollywood history, or history of any kind, this documentary is a must-see.
Also, I want Guillermo Del Toro to create and narrate a history of film. Just try not to fall in love when he talks about It’s a Wonderful Life in episode three!