The World at War

The World at War

DVD - 2004
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An extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished prespective of the war's pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants - from Hitler's secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines - and spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable experience.
Publisher: Burlington, VT : A&E Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 9780767065757
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.5421 WORLD
Characteristics: optical,stereo
11 videodiscs (approximately 1,194 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: the making-of 'The world at war'; bonus documentary: "Secretary of Hitler"; documentary "The two deaths of Adolf Hitler"; documentary "Warrior"; documentary "Hitler's Germany: 1932-1939"; documentary "Hitler's Germany: 1939-1945"; documentary "The final solution"; documentary "From war to peace"; 30th anniversary feature-length retrospective film; biographies; timeline; gallery of photos from the Imperial War Museum collection
Originally broadcast as a television special in 1974
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Apr 13, 2012

A study in tragic collective human failure and wretched pathos. What kind of creatures are we humans to have done this to one another? Great series despite many shortcomings. Ignores context: Britain ruling India, US seizures from Mexico, Stalin's exterminations, general dread of Bolshevism. Omits Mers-el-Kebir, Dakar, Darlan, Katyn Forest. Little on Vichy, French Resistance. Pontifical generalizations. No criticism of Churchill for many blunders. Too kind to Stalin. Ridicules Germans' music; otherwise fair to them. Some episodes repeat others. Tiresome bragging by filmmakers; but interesting note that battle sound-effects were added later. False dates, etc, in stills at end. Most poignant: silent rubble-scapes: cities destroyed in Russia, France, Germany, Japan.


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