Service on Celluloid is a new, captivating podcast that takes a deep look at depictions of World War II on film over the last 70-plus years. In-house experts at The National WWII Museum, along with special guests, will hold lively debates on the historical merits of treasured classics and smaller films alike. Films highlighted in this series include Fury, Midway, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, The Best Years of Our Lives, and Twelve O’Clock High. This entertaining series promises to reveal the good and bad of how Hollywood depicts the 20th century’s most dramatic event.
Episode 103: Celebrated WWII epic Saving Private Ryan turns 20 this summer. It remains one of the most famous depictions of World War II to date. Is it true to history? We sought to answer that question on this week’s episode.
Minisode to Ep. 102: Following our review of The Best Years Of Our Lives, hear from veterans Francis Resta and John “J.J.” Witmeyer, who recount the struggles they faced upon returning from World War II.
Episode 102: This week’s episode takes a hard look at The Best Years of Our Lives, the timeless film about veterans and the battles they fight upon returning home. Special Guest: Dr. Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University.
Minisode to Ep. 101: Following our review of Twelve O'Clock High, hear from veterans George Roberts, John "Lucky" Luckadoo, and Bob Shoens, who saw firsthand what was happening within the US Army Air Forces during World War II.
Episode 101: Upon seeing the WWII film, Twelve O'Clock High, former US Air Force General and WWII veteran Curtis LeMay reportedly said at the film's premiere that he “didn’t see one technical error in this thing.” Our historians weigh in on whether they agree or not.
Teaser: Service on Celluloid is the official podcast of The National WWII Museum with lively debates around depictions of World War II on film. The first podcast launched on June 20, with new episodes out every Wednesday.
Seth Paridon is the host of Service on Celluloid and Digital Content Manager within The National WWII Museum’s WWII Media and Education Center. He has been tasked with creating historical media utilizing the Museum’s vast collection of oral histories and archival imagery and footage. Seth began his career conducting oral histories and research for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific. He has been a Staff Historian at The National WWII Museum since 2005. In the course of his work at the Museum, Seth and his team increased the oral history collection from 25 to nearly 5,000 oral histories. He served as one of the historians and content team members during the development and construction of US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, Road to Berlin, Road to Tokyo, and The Arsenal of Democracy permanent exhibits, as well as many temporary exhibits.
Christelle Le Faucheur
Christelle Le Faucher, PhD, is a Research Historian in the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy. She came to the Institute in 2018 from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin, Texas. There, she was the Project Manager and Lead Historian for a website that documents the life and career of renowned journalist Dan Rather.
ROB CITINO, PHD
Robert Citino, PhD, is the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII Museum. He is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published 10 books, including his latest, The Wehrmacht's Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944-1945. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as World War II. Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the US military establishment, and taught one year at the US Military Academy at West Point and two years at the US Army War College.