In the world of art, there are many, many overused similes and false comparisons. If the most common is “bigger than The Beatles”, then the most egregious must be the comparison of any creative undertaking to war. Touring, standup comedy, performance of live music, and -especially- filmmaking are often described in terms of “going to war”, “fighting for every inch”, and “winning the battle.”
To understand the innaccuracy of any such statement, one need only talk with those who have experienced the reality of war. What film can do, though, is capture their stories, and make sure those stories are heard…make certain they resonate.
Everyman’s War is a film which does just that, using the microcosm of one man’s life and journey in World War II as a means for exploring the ties of honor, loyalty, and family.
It’s also an illustration of the magic of filmmaking, as the outskirts of Germany are represented by such decidedly non-Teutonic locations as Mt. Hood and Scappoose.
On Sunday’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV), we’ll be joined by the Director and Producer of Everyman’s War, Thad Smith. He’ll discuss the film’s background -it was inspired by his father’s World War II experiences- its creation, and the difficulty of filling Scappoose with German tanks.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: The Last Son of Krypton – Superman.
NEXT WEEK: Portland, as seen through the photographic eye; with guest Jayesunn Krump of Vanished Twin Photography.