Cinema: Operation Overblown

The Longest Day. On June 6, 1944, vast fleets of Allied bombers blasted the north coast of France; the mightiest armada the world had ever seen, 5,000 transport vessels and fighting ships, churned up to the coast of Normandy; 150,000 Allied soldiers smashed ashore at five points under withering fire from the Wehrmacht; 10,000 Allied fighting men and perhaps half that many Germans were killed or wounded; and the outcome of the greatest war in history was unalterably determined.

Such an epic must some day find its Homer. At the moment, it has Darryl Zanuck. At 60, Producer Zanuck is known as...

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