by Vince Keenan
Five is a charmed number for Mark Harris. In 2008’s Pictures at a Revolution, he charted New Hollywood’s tectonic shifts by profiling the quintet of films nominated for Best Picture of 1967, from the nouvelle vague-influenced Bonnie & Clyde to the studio bloat of Doctor Dolittle . He deploys a similar conceit in Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War . Chronicling the military careers of several established filmmakers allows him to tell the sprawling, underreported tale of the Allied propaganda effort.