George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin
Directed by George Stevens Jr. • 1994 • United States
As head of the Signal Corps Special Motion Picture Unit in Europe during World War II, Hollywood director George Stevens (A PLACE IN THE SUN, SHANE) oversaw the filming of black-and-white footage that would become a key part of the “official” record of the war as we know it. But he also recorded a personal film diary, shot on Kodachrome, of the events he witnessed, amassing reels of long-unseen color footage that his son, George Stevens Jr., later assembled into this invaluable documentary, featuring firsthand accounts from screenwriter Ivan Moffat. Capturing everything from the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Paris to the horrors of Dachau and the bombed-out ravages of Berlin, this remarkable slice of history offers a look in vivid color at some of the most consequential moments of the twentieth century and tells the gripping story of a combat camera unit at war.