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Band of Brothers
Band Of Brothers
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Band Of Brothers
Advantages: Completely realistic
After the huge success of 'Saving Private Ryan' in 1998, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks embarked on a new project together. That project was to be a 10 part series recounting the journey of Easy Company of the 506th Infantry Regiment during their Front line experiment in World War II; previously described in Stephen Ambrose's novel of the same name.
In US military tradition regiments usually assign their companies in alphabetical order, Easy company was the 5th of nine companies and thus became E company. They were a parachute regiment destined for the front line in Europe.
Band of Brothers follows the many characters of the company from basic training to the end of WWII. The first episode, Currahee, takes it's title from the mountain under which Easy company endure their basic training under Captian Sobel. This episode introduces us to the primary cast and instantly endears this 'band' of men to us.
The primary focus of the series is on Major Richard Winters played by british actor Damien Lewis who pulls off a very respectable american accent. The other major characters are Winters' friend and alcoholic, Captain Lewis Nixon, and the platoon leaders of Easy. Other characters become the focus of different episodes such as Albert Blithe in 'Carentan' and Eugene 'Doc' Roe in 'Bastogne'.
The quality of the acting and camraderie among the characters is what makes this series so engaging. The directing is exceptional as is the aesthetic appear of the episodes. The special effects are also faultless. These qualities, combined with the knowledge that what you're seeing in based in truth, makes for a wonderful account of the heroism of an exceptional group of men. This is probably the greatest account of a WWII campaign ever committed to film!
During each episode of Band of Brothers the real people being portrayed give a brief description of events in the episode. This gives the series a charm an realism that makes the extraordinary experiences of these people all the more charming.
Summary: A wonderful account of the true life journey of a band of men through the perils of WWII