1941: The Director's Cut

This overblown World War II action farce about the panic that ensues when a Japanese submarine surfaces off the California coast has a lot to answer for. Arguably the worst film Steven Spielberg ever made, it cleared the way for big-budget comedies that compensate for a lack of creativity by crashing and burning everything in sight. As if he hadn’t already done enough damage, Spielberg has now restored nearly 30 minutes of footage in 1941: The Director’s Cut — including a department store air-raid stampede and an invasion of Japanese sailors disguised as Christmas trees. That may qualify this letterboxed edition as his ”director’s cut,” but it really only confirms why these scenes were cut in the first place. F

1941: The Director's Cut
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