From Andrea >To Jacqui, there is also the recent Clint Eastwood film, Flags of our >fathers, which is >about a famous WWII picture which is later revealed to >have been staged. Nevertheless it >captured the imagination of the people >and became quite iconic.
Corrections in order.
First to say that the film "Flags of Our Fathers" is about a famouw WWII
picture is absurd. It is about the men in the picture who lived and died in
that battle. I highly recommend reading the book.
And to state that it was "staged" is incorrect, and insulting to them and
the other 6800 marines who died fighting on Iwo Jima. When members of the
2nd battalion, 28th Marines first reached th top of Mt. Surabachi on D+4,
they hoisted a small flag on an iron pipe they found on the site. A few
hours later a regulation flag was sent to the top, one that could be seen by
every marine on the island. AP photographer Joe Rosenthal came on the
scene and snapped his celebrated photo while the original flag was being
replaced by the larger one. It was never staged. For the marines on Iwo,
"Uncommon Valor Was A Common Virtue ".