The Mighty 7th: Driven by the Photograph

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“The Mighty 7th”: Driven by the Photograph Blasts riddled the sands of Iwo Jima, and reverberations echoed across theatres and living rooms as battles were poignantly and stunningly reenacted and the seventh war bond campaign compellingly brought back to life in the cinematic feat “Flags of Our Fathers”. Director, Clint Eastwood, worked closely with James Bradley, author of the book “Flags of Our Fathers”, on which the movie was almost perfectly built upon, and the son of flag raiser John “Doc” Bradley. Both kept the characters of the three war bond participants: Rene Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes, and John Bradley, true to form and also to appearance. Eastwood, delving into a passion for war history, particularly World War II, also created a companion to “Flags of Our Fathers” entitled “Letters from Iwo Jima”, an account from the Japanese stance. But “Flags of Our Fathers” touched on a subject never fully brought into the limelight of modern Hollywood, war bond campaigns and photojournalism in war. Both aspects of the film were kept true to life, both the positive and negative facets. In the film “Flags of Our Fathers” the effects of the photograph captured of the flag raisings at Iwo Jima are accurately portrayed in the actual flag raisings on Mt. Suribachi and its following significance in the Seventh War Bond Tour of 1956. The two flag raisings at Iwo Jima were at the time, not nearly as imperative as the missions that drove the men up Mt. Suribachi, but both raisings stirred stimulating economical and moral short and long-term effects. The film holds fairly true to first hoisting of the flag, with only minor discrepancies when faced with fact. Lou Lowery indeed had his camera ready while “Lieutenant Schrier, Platoon Sergeant Thomas, Jones 2 Sergeant Hanson, and Corporal Lindgerg converged on the pole” and also recruited Jim Michaels and his carbine for a drama

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