The years between 1941 and 1945 probably produced the most movies about a single war. Hollywood, on the West Coast of the United States, finds this period fascinating. It is one of the last times where the sides were clear-cut between good and evil. Things were not as clear as they were in World War II, although the reasons are portrayed as crystal clear.
Because World War II was America’s greatest conflict, Hollywood likes to return to the problem. There are other eras that Hollywood has covered. Hollywood made a few movies about Vietnam in the 80s. The movies helped heal America’s bruised psyche. Rambo won the war in the jungle, even if Walter Kronkite lost it for the country in the real world.
The World War II movies that seem to be best however, with the exception of Saving Private Ryan, tend to be filmed in black and white. John Wayne’s the Longest Day was deliberately filmed in black in white to evoke the appropriate mood. Some films, strangely, are better in black and white. The Longest Day would not be the classic that it turned out to be if it were filmed in color, nor would it be the same if it were done in 3D.The information doesn’t stop now. Keep looking: ‘Red Tails’ Actors Laud Airmen