October 01, 2007 12:00 PM

The documentary filmmaker takes on World War II in The War, which took seven years and more than 600 interviews to complete.

ON HIS MISSION Besides the fact we’re losing 1,000 World War II veterans a day, many of our high school seniors think we fought with the Germans against the Russians. The greatest cataclysm in history is atrophying from the minds of Americans.

ON HIS FATHER The first image [with the main title] and last image are the same portrait of my father, Robert, who [served during the war and] died in 2001 before I could ask him about his experiences. It’s a way of saying, “Sorry I didn’t ask you the questions before you left.”

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