“Flags of Our Fathers” – opens today
The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, was what some people believed, a turning point in World War II.
Not strategically, but from a PR standpoint to the people back home. The resulting photograph was published all over the country in almost every publication.
It truly showed the power of a still image. And what that power could do.
Go to IFILM.COM for more clips of the film and interviews with the actors.
Screened this movie the other night and highly recommend it. It is war and it is brutal, no question about it. But there are the personal portraits and performances that you should see. Ryan Phillipe is stand out as a true stoic hero, who’s son is actually telling us the story through his interviews.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, there is a solid script using flashbacks to points before and after the famous photograph was taken.
Its the story of the men who were in that famous photograph and what happened to their lives once the war effort got a hold of them. And what happened to their lives after the war.
The cinematography brings a realistic grit to the war zone, that you sometimes may want to look away from at times.
If you remember “Saving Private Ryan” with the 20 minutes of intense battle scene, this movie has it spread throughout to tell the story.
Why is being touted here? Because it does center around one photograph, and how it affected the lives of America. Truly.
You can refer back to this article for more. The controversy behind it and the photographer who made the image.
The reviews are coming in and the critics are loving it.
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Be sure to stay for the credits though. There are the images of the actual people whose stories were just told. Great touch.