what to watch after five came back

An effective film can be used as a weapon and during World War II, America utilized every weapon in its arsenal. As Hollywood directors turned propagandists, John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler, George Stevens, and John Huston understood better than most the incredible power of film. But did they wield it responsibly? Netflix’s three-part documentary series Five Came Back attempts to answer that question by digging into the strange, even ugly period of history when Hollywood directly fed the war machine.

Let’s take a look at the series itself…and what you should watch after you’ve finished it, should you want to see more.

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pictures at a revolution

Netflix’s latest documentary is an ambitious affair that combines legendary directors, World War II, and the disembodied voice of Meryl Streep. Five Came Back is a multi-part tale of five directors who temporarily left Hollywood to create propaganda for the U.S. military in the 1940s. It’s based on the 2014 book by film journalist Mark Harris, and it managed to snag modern movie icons like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Guillermo del Toro as talking heads. Streep serves as the narrator.

It’s easy to see why Netflix went all-out on this incredible piece of movie history. But hopefully, it’s not done with Harris just yet. Because he wrote another book about Hollywood history concerning a quintet, and it’s begging to be the next Netflix docuseries.

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best streaming movies handmaiden

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a monthly column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

The forests of streaming movie services are deep and overgrown. It can be dangerous to navigate them – to find the right path and follow it to something worthwhile. Half the time, your destination will take you toward entertainment you probably would’ve been better off skipping to do something more worthwhile, like build a ship in a bottle or stare blankly into space. How are you to manage the plethora of streaming titles available? That’s where this column comes in. Let us guide your way. Here are some of the best films to stream in April, along with where to stream them.

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five came back trailer

Netflix has built a reputation for its library of documentaries and it feels like a perfect match of form and service. After all, many average moviegoers aren’t able to seek out non-fiction movies in theaters but will happily watch them once they’re streaming. This means amazing movies that used to lurk on the fringes are now front-and-center on the most popular movie service on the planet.

Their latest documentary series has pedigree to spare and the first trailer is here. Based on the book by film journalist Mark Harris, Five Came Back chronicles the stories of Hollywood directors who served during World War II, with Meryl Streep and five acclaimed filmmakers lending their voices to the series.

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