Band of Brothers
The true story of the men of Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
A book and a mini-serie
Band of Brothers is an American mini-series consisting of ten episodes of one hour each. It was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the story is taken from the book Band of Brothers, written by the famous American historian Stephen E. Ambrose, who passed away on October 14, 2002 at the age of 66.
Broadcasted on French televisions in the summer of 2002, 2004 (as part of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy) and again in 2011 and in 2014, the Band of Brothers series was a great success, not only in the United States, but also in France, England, Italy and Germany.
Band of Brothers origins
Steven Spielberg has always been interested in the Second World War and his films prove it (1941, The Empire of the Rising Sun, Schindler’s List …). That’s why he decided to shoot the very realistic Saving Private Ryan, which tells the story of a section heading for soldier Ryan at the Battle of Normandy, And which has met with enormous success all over the world. It was necessary that Saving Private Ryan was just a success so that the mini-series known in France could exist under the name of Brothers of Arms. As Saving Private Ryan was a success, the realization of Band of Brothers began.
One can note the similarity in filming between Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers with the now famous technique of “camera on the shoulder” which gives a very realistic impression to the film, including scenes of combat. But it is above all his loyalty to history (both in the scenario and in the imaging of the historical facts, inspired by the direct testimony of the veterans concerned) that makes Band of Brothers THE series of the Second World War in Europe.
More than 10,000 extras, 500 actors and a budget of more than 114 million euros were necessary for its realization which made this series the most expensive of all the history at the time of its exit on the screens.
Band of Brothers is composed of ten episodes of about an hour each beginning with the training of American soldiers of the Easy Company of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division and ending with the operation to capture the nest Of Hitler’s eagle in Bavaria. The series also includes the Battle of Bastogne (in the Ardennes) and the discovery of the Landsberg concentration camp in Germany.