The Pacific War 1941-5

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by seaweed, Mar 14, 2010.

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  1. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

  2. I still don't think it's really current affairs, do you?
     

  3. Very current and very relevant points I would suggest…


    "…“The war in Europe is a recognisable version of the terror of war, because it’s about armies fighting on a front line,” he explains. “When an enemy soldier threw his hands up in the air, then, largely, the war was over for him. That is not the case with The Pacific. It was fighting that was based on racism, and a war waged through terror. Horrible things were done on both sides to human beings both dead and alive. It was a case of ‘We hate these people’ — not ‘We’re going to liberate this island’. Most of the time on those islands, there was nothing or nobody to liberate. It was like a large industrial version of what all future wars were going to be like — between different-coloured peoples with different theologies they thought were the absolute truth. The best thing you can say is that the wars have gotten smaller. But then, if it’s so small — we live in a society that’s making a bigger deal about where Jay Leno is going to have a TV show than about a war that’s taking lives.” He shakes his head in frustration.…"
     
  4. Andy_S

    Andy_S LE Book Reviewer

    Good interview of Hanks and his comments are right on target. Wonder what made him into such a pro-veteran chap? He used to be a fairly lightweight actor before moving into weightier material such as "Forrest Gump" and "Ryan."
     
  5. Tom Hanks said once that when he was making Pvt Ryan he found it very moving when they were filming in the Military Cemetarys and thought that war films should portray the truth and not the normal hollywood BS