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‘Five Came Back’ Filmmakers Were Keenly Aware of the Complexities of Telling a Story of Wartime Propaganda

Netflix’s new three part documentary Five Came Back, based on the book of the same name by Mark Harris, tells the story of five big-time Hollywood directors who went to the frontlines of World War II to document the war for documentaries, newsreels, propaganda films and more.

Harris tells Indiewire that he and filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau were concerned with several questions as they constructed the series. “Are we nailing down the complexities here?,’ as we were talking about demonstrating the danger of propaganda, how high the stakes are, the complexities that arise when the government decides it wants to control the information stream, and wants to stop people from outside from doing it,” he says. “I don’t think any of us wanted to shape the story in order to draw some overstated parallel with what was going on at the moment, but we did want to make sure that there were useful discussions to be had about how the world isn’t want it was in 1942 and also, how things in 1942 and 1943 do find themselves echoing strangely 75 years later.”

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