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The Films of John R. McDermott and Dennis Jakob

Friday, November 2, 1979
9:10 p.m. Belleau Wood
John R. McDermott (1964)

McDermott’s fifth war film, shot once again near his Weston, Connecticut home (the same location as Pickett’s Charge), and using as he did before a small unpaid non-professional cast of friends and neighbors, with his wife and daughters serving as technicians, dramatizes the World War I battle in Northern France where a Marine brigade fought with the United States Second Division and captured Belleau Wood, renamed by the French Bois de la Brigade de Marines. Ex-Marine McDermott in his own words “wanted to make an honest film, with semi-documentary atmosphere... (to) contrast the young Marine with the old-time Marine....”
Like Pickett’s Charge, Belleau Wood captured realistically and powerfully the atmosphere of men at war, and more honestly than big-budgeted Hollywood treatments of similar themes.

• A film by John R. McDermott. Assisted by Ruth, Mary and Catherine McDermott. With Thomas Marshall, Thomas Shoemaker, Eugene Holbrook. (1964, 90 mins, color, Print Courtesy of Mrs. John R. McDermott)