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The season finale of Manhattan got me thinking about the end game of their project. I went looking for a film I remember from years ago--a dramatized version of the events of Hiroshima from the POV of both survivors and the Enola Gay crew--but found only a BBC historical documentary on same. I watched it, and it really hit deep, no pun intended. Truly, just horrifying. For some reason, after I got done watching that, I was still on a WWII history kick re: US vs Japan, and started watching Tora, Tora, Tora. Pretty even-handed, so far, for an American film made only twenty-nine years after the events (Japanese nationals may disagree; just my observation).

What's next? Maybe something on Manzanar, or one of those Japanese prisoner-of-war camp films? Eesh. Perhaps those will get me over this weird tangent. War is all fear, blame-shifting, and lashing out; death and tears.



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Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Tora Tora Tora is reasonably even handed. Midway which came out a few years later to take advantage of popularity of Tora Tora Tora is pretty biased, and uses Japanese American actors (James Shigeta, Pat Morita, etc) speaking English instead of Japanese actors speaking Japanese. It also stole a lot of footage from the earlier film.

Incidentally, I stopped to visit Manzanar on the way to the ATPo meet at Lake Tahoe. The photo in my icon is from that trip and is of the mountain that looms above the Manzanar site. One valley to the east is Death Valley. It's very isolated, but quite beautiful.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
I do recall a dramatized movie about Manzanar, or one of the other camps. Maybe it was a television episode of something. I don't suppose the beauty of the area compensated for having your freedom taken away.

Life wasn't particularly comfortable for German-Americans, either. My great uncles (Canadians, but same sitch) had to change their last name during WWI and WWII. But at least they got to walk around.

I noticed on "Manhattan," one of the generals freaking out because the train carrying the uranium had to stop in a town full of "German immigrants." Not sure how realistic that worry was to the actual WWII era. Might have must been one of the anachronisms Manhattan tacks on. Maybe not.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think there was something on PBS, too, on Manzanar. Might be too old to be on-line, though.

One of my high school teachers was from a heavily German small town in Missouri. They had a German language grade school and all. She said they weren't hassled directly, but the FBI was watching the town all through the war.

My Dad's family is also from Germany. My father told me of his grandfather reading about World War I in his German language newspaper, muttering about 'the lousy Krauts.'
Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Not sure how my ancestors perceived it. I don't think there was close identification with Germany, since both sides of my family emigrated in the late 18th/early 19th centuries.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
My family was all in the USA by the Civil War, though my great-grandfather from above was born in Prussia (before Germany became a nation). Some folks on both my father's and mother's side of the family spoke German at home in the Midwest in the 1800s.
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Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
I saw Empire of the Sun years ago. The others, I have not. Thanks.
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