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December 7th (film)

Summary
December 7th is a 1943 propaganda documentary film produced by the US Navy and directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland, about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which sparked the Pacific War and American involvement in World War II. Toland was also the film's cinematographer. The original version of this film, with a running time of 82 minutes, was not released but was retained by the National Archives. An edited version of 32 minutes length, which removed a long introductory segment and a shorter epilogue, was given limited release to specific audiences but won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 1944. This is the only film Toland ever worked on for which he received a director credit. Plot summaries 32-minute version Opening shots show the wreck of USS Arizona and a destroyed B17 bomber, followed by a shot of a damaged aircraft hangar. Two metal beams cast a V (for "Victory")-shaped shadow over what appears to be a larg
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