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Time Magazine & Tom Hanks get “Pacific”

Posted in History, Print Media with tags , , , on March 9, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Grab Time Magazine this week and read about how one of Americas favorite actors is also becoming out foremost visual historian. From his work in Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and of course his blockbuster HBO mini-series Band of Brothers co produced by Master Spielberg, and his production of the David McCullough mega undertaking “John Adams” Tom Hanks is taking the rich and deep history of our country very seriously and he wants as many people as possible to take notice and simply ….watch.

Hanks is delivering serious art , all the while opening the publics eyes to parts of our history that are often neglected and if nothing else mis-understood.

Tom Hanks is educating us whether we like or not.

This coming Sunday comes perhaps the most ambitious effort yet “THE PACIFIC tells the story of WWII in the pacific and our nations battles with Japan, a very deadly time for our young american soldiers in a theatre of the war  that has rarely been documented in contemporary film.

The Pacific tracks the intertwined odyssey of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific is based on the books “With the Old Breed,” by Eugene Sledge and “Helmet for My Pillow,” by Robert Leckie as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.

Mr. Hanks might end up being the great visual historian of our time!