Flags of Our Fathers (2006, United States)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Czas: 130 minut
Director: Clint Eastwood
The story of US Marines that put up the American flag on top of the Mount Suribachi during Battle of Iwo Jima. As symbol of struggle on the Pacific they return to United States to take part in the war bonds drive.
February 1945, American forces approach next Pacific Island on their way to attack Tokio, but the next one, Iwo Jima, is different from all the previous islands they have invaded. Iwo Jima was not taken by the Japanese at the beginning of the war, Iwo Jima is part of their fatherland, a piece of land they will defend until the end. The island itself is small and almost flat with only one distinguished feature, Mount Suribachi that overlooks rest of the land. US Marines will land on the beaches and attack the mountain as the primary target, after 3 days of heavy shelling from battleships and bombardment from aircraft carriers the infantry should not have problem in securing the beaches. The only thing that worries the Americans is the fact that Japanese seem to be very quite and their defence is much weaker than was expected. Three among the thousands of Marines preparing for the landing, Private Ira Hayes, Private Rene Gagnon and Navy Corpsman John Bradley will play a special part in the operation, although they still don’t know that.
American war drama set during and after the Battle of Iwo Jima, but with emphasis not on the battle, but on the true story of four of the Marines that happened to be at the top of Mount Suribachi when American flag was put up. The photo of that event became a symbol of the US struggle on Pacific, although as usual in US history parts of that story were not truth. The movie itself is historically accurate, but the choice to follow the face of those Marines was a bold choice because their story wasn’t really that interesting to be honest. It’s just like the battle itself was just an addition to the story of that photo and people behind it, which didn’t really worked as a tribute to US Marines that died on the island nor to the whole war effort.
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Flags of Our Fathers
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