“My father had many, many veterans over to the house and the older I got the more I appreciated their sacrifice. Especially what we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder. They were still suffering. I used to hear sobbing and I used to be too afraid to go into that room or to even open my mouth. But I used to peek around the corner and I’d see men crying into their hands.
“Later, I would ask my father what that was all about and he would always just say, ‘Difficult memories’. That’s all he would say.”
Spielberg talks about his interest in World War II with The Daily Telegraph.
1941 doesn’t get a lot of love from critics, but this is a nice write-up from Scott Weinberg, who finds much to enjoy in the film.
“Is 1941 loud? Is it a bit aimless and indulgent and contorted? Absolutely it is. On the other hand, the film also offers A) some pretty eye-popping spectacle, B) a real sense of weird energy, C) a truly excellent John Williams score (perhaps my favorite from the score master), and D) a bombastic ensemble that seems to be having a lot of fun on the screen.”