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George Stevens - A Filmmaker's Journey

Review A tribute to director George Stevens ("Alice Adams," "Swing Time," "Gunga Din," "A Place in the Sun," "Giant," and many more) by his son. Included is footage from the above films and color footage of the Second World War which was found among the great director's memorabilia. Review: The director's son put together this outstanding documentary of his father's life and work. In addition to interviews with actors and contemporaries (Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Frank Capra, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, John Huston, Joel McCrea, Alan Pakula, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, and others), the film features behind the scenes home movies. Stevens was also assigned by Eisenhower to film WWII and the documentary contains highlights from this spectacular footage - the only color footage shot of D-Day, the march through Paris, and the liberation of Dachau. Source: Warner Home Video
George Stevens - D-Day to Berlin

Review George Stevens' D-Day To Berlin (DVD)

Academy Award(R) winning director George Stevens' personal and comprehensive documentary of World War II, from the invasion of Normandy to the fall of Berlin. Photographed in color for the first time. Written, produced and narrated by George Stevens, Jr. Director: George Stevens Starring: George Stevens, Jr.

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On Cukor

Review Some of the most vivid, indelible images of World War II can be found in George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin. Along with an Army-enlisted band of Hollywood veterans known as "The Stevens Irregulars" (including cameramen Joseph Biroc and William Mellor, screenwriter Ivan Moffat, novelist Irwin Shaw, and others), the great director of Gunga Din traveled from the shores of Normandy to the ruins of occupied Berlin, capturing pivotal episodes of history on home-movie magazines of Kodak color film, which his son later crafted into this riveting 46-minute documentary. The narration by Stevens Jr. is rather listless, and other voiceover contributors from the "Irregular" crew are not specifically identified, but their visual account speaks for itself, with unforgettable images of liberated Paris on August 25, 1944 ("the greatest day of my life," said Stevens Sr.); the surrender of 320,000 troops in Germany's Army Company B; the wretched aftermath of the Battle of the Bulge; the discovery of a gigantic underground V-1 bomb factory in Nordhausen, Germany; Hitler's mountain hideaway in Berchtesgaden; and, most horrifically, piles of corpses at the Dachau concentration camp. The color images remain crisp and remarkably lifelike, as if they were shot just yesterday, bringing even greater significance and poignant importance to footage that will surely stand forever as a testament to some of humanity's brightest and darkest hours. --Jeff Shannon
Directed By John Ford

Review A tribute to director George Stevens ("Alice Adams," "Swing Time," "Gunga Din," "A Place in the Sun," "Giant," and many more) by his son. Included is footage from the above films and color footage of the Second World War which was found among the great director's memorabilia. Review: The director's son put together this outstanding documentary of his father's life and work. In addition to interviews with actors and contemporaries (Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Frank Capra, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, John Huston, Joel McCrea, Alan Pakula, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, and others), the film features behind the scenes home movies. Stevens was also assigned by Eisenhower to film WWII and the documentary contains highlights from this spectacular footage - the only color footage shot of D-Day, the march through Paris, and the liberation of Dachau. Source: Warner Home Video
John Ford's America - Special Edition Director's Cut

Review George Stevens' D-Day To Berlin (DVD)

Academy Award(R) winning director George Stevens' personal and comprehensive documentary of World War II, from the invasion of Normandy to the fall of Berlin. Photographed in color for the first time. Written, produced and narrated by George Stevens, Jr. Director: George Stevens Starring: George Stevens, Jr.

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The Sea Wolf [Blu-ray]

Review Some of the most vivid, indelible images of World War II can be found in George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin. Along with an Army-enlisted band of Hollywood veterans known as "The Stevens Irregulars" (including cameramen Joseph Biroc and William Mellor, screenwriter Ivan Moffat, novelist Irwin Shaw, and others), the great director of Gunga Din traveled from the shores of Normandy to the ruins of occupied Berlin, capturing pivotal episodes of history on home-movie magazines of Kodak color film, which his son later crafted into this riveting 46-minute documentary. The narration by Stevens Jr. is rather listless, and other voiceover contributors from the "Irregular" crew are not specifically identified, but their visual account speaks for itself, with unforgettable images of liberated Paris on August 25, 1944 ("the greatest day of my life," said Stevens Sr.); the surrender of 320,000 troops in Germany's Army Company B; the wretched aftermath of the Battle of the Bulge; the discovery of a gigantic underground V-1 bomb factory in Nordhausen, Germany; Hitler's mountain hideaway in Berchtesgaden; and, most horrifically, piles of corpses at the Dachau concentration camp. The color images remain crisp and remarkably lifelike, as if they were shot just yesterday, bringing even greater significance and poignant importance to footage that will surely stand forever as a testament to some of humanity's brightest and darkest hours. --Jeff Shannon

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