While this is not a silent film, it was an event Edna and Charlie both lived through, as well as many of our readers parents and grandparents, maybe even yourself. While it would have been great to see more stories from different countries, I did find the first night quite good.
Not a doc full of re-created events, but actual film footage, photos and real life stories about WWII. More of the program this week on PBS, so check your listings. (Check for reruns on the weekend too.)
Follow-up: Good program again this evening. Interesting to hear again how fast they built the planes for the war in the US. All the car plants were turned in 'war factories' basically.
During the whole US time in the war (1941-1945) only 139 new cars were built, but one B-25 plane (I believe they said) was turned out at one of the car plants, every 63 minutes. That is one plane with over 1,500,000 parts...
They also continued to follow the Japanese-Americans and how they were sent to prison camps in the US. Very sad chapter, not mentioned in the history books I read in school, which makes it sadder still. (I did learn about it from family members and books not in those schools.)
Oct. 1 - Found Part Five (FUBAR) the best of the series yet, with a variety of gripping stories never fully told before about WWII.
Oct. 2 - Not as gripping of story tonight as Part Five. Fubar has stories rarely told, like the story of the Japanese-Americas fighting for the US. Equally interesting since my mother-in-law had to live in one of those America camps, after being forced to leave her family farm in the central valley of California. Interesting too, the Japanese America family who bought Edna's Lovelock property in the 1940s, didn't have to go to the camps, and ran their Laundry business in Lovelock during the entire war. (Nevada wasn't considered the west coast.)
Oct. 3 - The War is over, but if you don't know anything about WWII, this Ken Burns' series would be an excellent place to learn. This is not the clean version, from the general and leaders point of view, but the real dirty version from the people who actually fought it. My father fought in that war for two and half years, but hardly ever talked about and the schools I attended never talked about it like this series does.
Follow-up: The series is continuing on PBS, as it reruns during the Columbus Day Weekend. Some reviews mention the 'unbalance' telling of the story. Well, there are thousands of stories about this war, some with stories from different sides, which I felt was missing from the first night of this series. But after seeing the whole series (especially part 5), this story was well told, and had stories rarely mentioned, unless you really dig for it. The personal stories made the series and it should go along with other great documentaries on this subject.