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Frank Capra: Why We Fight [4 Discs] (Full Screen) [Import]

Walter Huston , Anthony Veiller , Anthony Veiller , Anatole Litvak    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting Jan. 20 2003
This four disc set from Frank Capra and the US Armed Forces is an interesting piece of documentary film. The seven films are loaded with historical information as well as propaganda. Some of the things said here, Amazon.com would never let me repeat. But it is a piece of our history--of the war, or our military, of world politics, and of the propoganda machine. It's worth watching, especially with the information we have now. Disc one contains 'Prelude to War' (which covers the initial aggressive acts of Italy, Japan, and the Nazis) and 'The Nazis Strike' (covers the Nazis early conquests); disc two contains 'Divide and Conquer' (mostly the fall of France) and 'The Battle of Britain' (covers the attacks made on England); disc three contains 'The Battle of Russia' (the longest of the seven films, this one runs almost an hour and a half and covers the invasion of Russia and the Nazis retreat--lots of unintentional irony here); and disc four contains 'The Battle of China' (covers the Japanese invasion of China) and 'War Comes to America' (the final documentary just sorts of rehashes the other films and then pumps us up as to why we fought the war and makes excuses for not going into it earlier).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great series! April 1 2003
By Ron Law
At what point should you go to war? How far can you dibate an issue before it's too late? The thought process is almost dizzying. This film gives a possible view of what might have happened should action not have been taken. Thank God the English stepped up to the task as quickly as they did. It's nice to believe that there is never a time for war. War is ungly, and heart breaking, but to say there is never a time for war is naive. I highly recommend this as both a learning source and also as something to provoke you into thought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars overall good film May 17 2001
By Ryan
this film series was made during the war, so #1 it's fairly factual, but #2 it's politically incorrect....basically this film was made to boost national morale, so it's your typical "US is pure good and Germany/Japan is evil incarnate". overall I'd definitely recommend this film, a must for any WWII fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! Aug. 24 2001
By A Customer
This series is a must see. Whether you are a WWII buff or just interested, this series has some of the most riveting and shocking war footage ever filmed. Think war is glorious? This will change your mind. Some of these images will stay with you the rest of your life
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2.0 out of 5 stars "The Battle of China" is a great propaganda. June 17 2004
I was truly shocked by this self-acclaimed �ginformation film�h or �gdocumentary�h. I don�ft know about the European theatres of the World War 2, but, as an amateur researcher on wartime history of Japan, I was totally appalled by �gThe Battle of China�h.
The film�fs assumption is based on one forged document so-called �gTanaka Memorial�h in which Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Giichi allegedly announced Japan�fs evil plan for the conquest of the whole world to the Emperor.
The validity of the document was, however, very scant from the first. The allegation was made on only alleged �gtranslations�h in English and Chinese. �gOriginal�h Japanese version of the document was never found. If one says that the original was deliberately lost or hidden, the manner with which the document was written was so horribly wrong and inadequate for the letter that was presented to the Emperor anyway, that one would assume very suspicious. Even the prosecutors of the infamous Tokyo Trial, its entire procedure was hideously unfair and unjust, had to admit that the Tanaka Memorial was fake, after all.

Apart from it, the film is full of inaccuracies and pernicious distortions. The film claims that many Chinese civilians are suffered by the Japanese bombings on Shanghai, for instance. However, according to �gthe China Year Book 1938�h (edited by prominent China scholar, H.G.W. Woodhead, C.B.E.), it was Chinese planes who bombed international Settlement in Shanghai and killed almost 2000 civilians including foreign nationals in August 1937. The book never mentions wrong-doings in Japanese side. As for the infamous �gRape of Nanking�h, the book just states in Event Calendar, December 13, 1937; �gNanking occupied by Japanese.
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