Short Subjects

Saturday, February 9, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • With the Marines at Tarawa

    1944. USA. Directed by Captain Louis Hayward. Narrated by Pfc. William Lundigan. As U.S. forces fought for each Japanese island on the way to the mainland, the human toll of war was an inescapable reality. This documentary provides a window into the combat zone. Preserved by AMPAS, in cooperation with National Archives and Records Administration. 19 min.

  • Kokoda Front Line!

    1942. Australia. Produced by Ken G. Hall. Cinematography by Damien Parer. Narrated by Peter Bathurst. The Australian newsreel-based drama found its narrative tension as much in the battle to survive tropical South Pacific jungles as in the struggle against the Japanese invaders. New print made by ScreenSound Australia. 10 min.

  • The Battle of Midway

    1942. USA. Directed by Lt. Commander John Ford. Narrated by Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell. This film embraces the unassuming individual thrust onto a grand stage, not only through its focus on the heroics of the sailors and marines from small-town USA, but also through Ford's own leap into the line of fire as cameraman. Preserved by AMPAS from their nitrate print. 18 min.

  • December 7th

    1943. USA. Directed by Lt. Commander John Ford, Lt. Gregg Toland. Narrated by Dana Andrews, Irving Pichel. Winner of the Documentary Short Subject Academy Award in 1943. This influential film merges stage sets, narrative voice-over, and miniatures with actual newsreel footage from Pearl Harbor. New print made by National Archives and Records Administration. 20 min.

In the Film exhibition Oscar's Docs, 1941–45: Bravery and Bias

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