Mrs. Miniver (1942), Memphis Belle (1944), Thunderbolt (1945)
This chapter chronicles Wyler's activities during World War II — his early attempts to join the military (which were rebuffed), his involvement with Frank Capra on “The Why We Fight” series, his work with Lillian Hellman on a documentary depicting the heroism of the Russians, and his eventual commission in the U.S. Air Force to direct documentary films promoting the American war effort. The chapter opens with a history of Wyler's propaganda film, Mrs. Miniver, supporting the British in their struggle against the Nazis, for which he won his first Oscar. The chapter also offers a detailed history of Wyler's two documentaries, the celebrated Memphis Belle and Thunderbolt.
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