I have a post coming for the 75th anniversary of the Iwo Jima landings set to come out next month. I also watched the companion movie to Letters (they were made simultaneously) Clint Eastwood made in 2006 – Flags of Our Fathers. So you had 2 movies of Iwo Jima – from the perspectives of both sides.
It is all too easy to lump a wartime enemy into “they” with monolithic stereotypes and behavior.
I have to admit, I have a bit of a compulsive nature. Ever since I saw the movie Ford v Ferrari and posted about it, I have been interested in learning more about specifically Shelby American and their cars.
And I’m even more amazed at what this small company achieved in international racing.
This Netflix documentary really covers it all. With narration from Shelby, his sons and grandsons, Edsel Ford and his son, Henry Ford III, Peter Brock…the list goes on and on.
A bit on Carroll Shelby
In my car club, we have someone whom I would call a character and a free spirit. There are a number of stories about him, but the one I will mention tonight involves a claim of his of some years ago.
Tony casually told me that he had a dinner with Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, and Carroll Shelby.
You can imagine what I thought about that.
In the 1880s, as the world was getting ready for electricity, there was a tremendous technological battle going on. Should direct current be used as a standard, or alternating current?
Just saw a good movie detailing this battle, called The Current War. With hindsight, it seems obvious who the winner should have been, and it was the eventual winner – alternating current (for reasons brought out in the movie).
But the movie highlights the battle between direct current’s proponent, Thomas Edison, and alternating current, championed by both George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla.
From what I know of the rivalry it was factual so what I didn’t know I will assume to be factual.
Last December, I was writing about a very limited showing of a fascinating movie on World War 1 that director Peter Jackson made. It was fascinating for the digital restoration he made of the old film, now over 100 years old.
Now Director Erik Nelson has breathed a similar new life into a film about World War 2 and the Mighty 8th AAF.
As far as video streaming goes for my home entertainment, I have been late to the party. However, once there, I have realized how much of the video world I have missed.
Some of the bigger streaming companies are taking the place of Hollywood, and making their own movies and series.
So much so that for Netflix, Hollywood is starting to take them seriously and view them as a tough competitor.
When I was stationed in Germany, I took every bit of spare time – and leave – that I could, to see both neighboring sights and other countries. While on the trains, I liked to talk to the Germans, ask them about World War II.
There were 2 such conversations I remember distinctly to this day after 46 years. One was a (then) middle aged woman. We had a pleasant enough conversation until I got to the War.
What did you do?
First off, for those who don’t know me, I am not, nor have ever been, a screenwriter. What I have learned from Robert Avrech, who has won an Emmy (meaning he’s a pretty good screenwriter), is that it is hard work, and opposite to what many may think, nothing like writing a book.
When I see a TV series or movie that is historically dead-on, I really appreciate the efforts of both the screenwriters and those doing the research for the screenwriters. I am rather disdainful towards those movies that are “inspired” by true events. What exactly does that mean? Their bending the truth a little? Or a lot? We’ve all seen them and to tell you the truth I can’t think of any off hand to link because they are….forgettable.
I have an appreciation of history, despite a number of teachers who did their best to quell it. Most teachers want the student to memorize names and dates. History becomes sterile. Those history teachers are legion.
We are where we are because of the past – some very small but consequential events, some cataclysmic.
And, one would think, that the subject of diplomatic history – the study of treaties – would be the most boring of all.
“Anybody can conceivably die on any given day. And we’re all going to die eventually. Soloing just makes it far more immediate. You accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, you’re going to die. And that’s that.”