Devoting a couple of sentences to each, describe the three types of wartime documentaries that emerged in Britain and in the U.S. from 1941-45. You might also consider how they differ. Into which type may we place John Huston's Let There Be Light (1946)?
How did WWII bring together English-speaking documentary and fiction filmmakers in way that hadn't been done before?
Hollywood filmmaker John Ford served in the Navy during the Battle of Midway, which unfolded in the Central Pacific June 4-6, 1942. While there, Ford picked up a 16mm handheld camera and shot The Battle of Midway (1942). After you watch his short film (embedded below), please discuss two things: a) How does The Battle of Midwaytake the viewer into the heart of an actual battle? b) How well does the film do its jobs: to show audiences at home what was happening to the soldiers, and to strengthen the audiences' resolve and belief in the war effort?
How did documentary film, which marked a high point of achievement during WWII, fare after the War was over? What does our textbook mean that "it took different paths"?
Is there a scene from or aspect of Huston's Let There Be Light that will stick with you after our documentary class is finished? Which one and why (or why not)? If you can find an image to support this, please include it next to your answer.
Please check your assignment against "Writing about Film and TV" (improperly formatted work will not receive full credit), save it as a PDF, and then upload it to the Google Drive Folder you created for our class. [INSTRUCTIONS HERE.]