Today is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy during the Second World War. So, the Second World War is front-page news today in news media around the world, and many of the reports have a direct link to my course on War in Film at Northern Illinois University.
The New York Times published an interesting article on “‘Saving Private Ryan’ Got My Dad to Finally Talk About the War.”
Here is a link to the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/opinion/d-day-movies-75th-anniversary.html
Historical anniversaries and commemorations often represent important moments for historical reflection and reinterpretation. So, students interested in the Second World War on film should scout out the coverage of the D-Day commemorations today and the rest of the week.
The BBC reports on official commemorations of D-Day in Normandie, France. The New York Times has additional coverage of the D-Day commemorations, as well as articles on Ernie Pyle‘s wartime reporting, D-Day battlefield archaelogy in Normandie, and historical memory of D-Day in France.