Saturday, February 18, 2006

The war according to Pyle

That would be Ernie Pyle and war would be World War II. I caught the about half of "The Story of GI Joe" this morning. Released in July 1945 just a couple of months after Germany's surrender and two before Japan's, the movie is based on journalist Pyle's bestselling accounts of American GIs fighting in North Africa and Italy. It includes a strong performance by an up and coming Robert Mitchum who earned the only Oscar nomination of his long and productive career for his acting job. Burgess Meredith is outstanding playing Pyle. He even had Pyle's hairstyle.

The movie humanizes the American soldier. There is some good combat footage, but the most powerful part of the movie is the interaction between the soldiers. As is usually the case in war, the soldiers ultimately fight for each other. Most of the movie was filmed on a sound stage, which gives it a great theatrical feel. The closing scene is one of the most powerful I've ever seen in a war movie. Here's a good site if you like thorough background from someone connected to the movie.

The American public loved Pyle's accounts of the average foot soldier fighting in North Africa and Italy. Pyle died from a sniper shot on Okianawa just before the movie's release.

Viewing "The Story of GI Joe" reminds me of Michael Yon's blog reports from Iraq. I hope Bruce Willis is successful in bringing Yon's story of the Deuce Four to the big screen. This non-movie goer would pay the cineplex ticket price to see it.

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