‘Five Came Back’ Is Must-See Docu On How WWII Influenced Five Iconic Hollywood Filmmakers

In the right hands, a camera is just as powerful as a rifle.

Netflix’s Five Came Back is an eye-opening docu-series about five iconic Hollywood filmmakers — Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler — and the roles they played during WWII.

When the US declared war on the Axis Powers, these filmmakers answered the call of duty; their weapon of choice, however, wasn’t a rifle, but a camera, which they used to make propaganda and recruitment films (available on Netflix as well) and document combat atrocities.

Combining rare archival footage with film clips and interviews with five contemporary filmmakers (like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Guillermo del Toro), the three-part, Meryl Streep-narrated docu recounts their wartime experiences as well as how the frontline action left them both physically and mentally scarred and, in turn, influenced their post-WWII filmography (interestingly, they all did their best works after the war, like Stevens’ Shane and Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life). A must-see for both film and war history buffs. 

Watch it on: Netflix 

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