FROM THE ALEUTIANS
(director/writer: John Huston; cinematographers: Rey
Scott/Jules Buck/Buzz Ellsworth ; editor: John
Huston; music: Dimitri Tiomkin; cast: John
Huston (Narrator); Runtime: 47; MPAA Rating: NR;
"This short feature is a treat."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Huston ("The Dead"/"Under the Volcano"/"Prizzi's
in the army at the time with a rank of captain,
serving in the Signal Corps., when he made this
efficient wartime documentary for the state
film provides in great detail the activities of the
American military, stuck on a barren island named Adak
with severe weather conditions, desolate surroundings
and a bleak atmosphere, but who proudly are protecting
Alaska's Aleutian Islands from Japanese attack.
There's great photography showing US bombers
attacking the Japanese occupied island of Kiska. With Huston's rich voice
narrating with empathy for the grunts, who carry out
this dirty mission with dignity. The lively
award-winning propaganda documentary gives us a look
back at the last war many Americans felt was a just
one and gives us a chance to reflect on so many
civilian soldiers who died to protect our free way of
those who care to see how the battleground really
looked and not how Hollywood staged it for its 1940's
John Wayne pics, this short feature is a treat.
It was shot over a
period of six months.
REVIEWED ON 10/12/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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