Tonight SBS aired the last episode of the three-part documentary, The Hollywood War (2015), which looks at how the American cinema industry played a major role in World War II. The series is presented in three parts: ‘From Berlin to Hollywood’; ‘Star Wars’; and ‘The End of Innocence’. Here is the premise of the series:
Answering President Roosevelt’s call, Hollywood’s eight major studios devoted their resources and their talents to the war effort. Drama, documentaries, cartoons: thousands of films were produced, meant either for the general public or for the different branches of the military.
The documentary shows the origins of America’s defiant patriotism, with various Hollywood celebrities helping the war effort, including Casablanca‘s Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Among the films referenced in the third and final episode include The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), with Burgess Meredith as war correspondent Ernie Pyle, Orson Welles’ The Stranger (1946), with Welles playing ex-Nazi Franz Kindler (with Edward G. Robinson hot on his trail), and the docudrama The Beginning or the End (1947), which dramatises the creation of the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project, and the bombing of Hiroshima.
See part 1 and 2 online at SBS.