A few days ago The Americanization of Emily starring James Garner and Julie Andrews was on television. I had seen it when it first came out in 1964 and once or twice since, but remembered yesterday it was about D-Day.
Here is what Wikipedia.com says about the movie:
The Americanization of Emily is a 1964 American black-and-white romantic dark comedy-drama war filmwritten by Paddy Chayefsky, produced by Martin Ransohoff, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, and James Coburn. The film also features Joyce Grenfell, Keenan Wynn, and William Windom. The screenplay by Chayefsky is loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by William Bradford Huie, who had been a SeaBee officer during the Normandy Invasion. The film is set in 1944 London during World War II in the weeks leading up to D-Day.
My Comments: If you have never seen out, I recommend that you do, especially if you believe as I do that war is not the answer to peace. James Garner’s cynicism about the futility of war really got to me, and it has always been a movie I have found to bolster my idea that war is a waste of both human and material resources, even when we feel it is necessary.
Take a few moments today to honor those who fought at Normandy Beach and helped win World War II.
(Photos of Normandy Beach on D-Day from the Internet.)