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Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by Hummel, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Hummel

    Hummel Member

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    What do you think the BEST films made during the war years (let's limit it to 1939-1945, sorry China) that were mainly propaganda in nature were? Don't forget to list the country of origin.
    One of my personal favorites is "USA -- Action in the North Atlantic (1943). Anyone else care to have a go?
     
  2. Poppy

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    Kudos for the bumble bee, they need some love.
    Sorry, all i got is Battleship Potemkim- 1925- Russia
     
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    Toss up between "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz", both 1939 releases, both US.
     
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    Alrighty, i'm in.
    What's the propaganda in GWTW and WOO? especially the woo.
     
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    Couldn't you make something up- was ready for some reddit conspiracy.
    Hoped for some juice on the wicked witch and her monkeys.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    "A Yank in the RAF" would win for me. Talking about Americans "doing the right thing" by volunteering ahead of their country.

    The Mortal Storm is a good anti-Nazi movie, with Ward Bond as a thug.

    Confessions of a Nazi Spy warned of fifth column working in the US.

    Foreign Correspondent is stridently interventionist.

     
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    Lots of good ones mentioned.

    Back to Bataan and Guadalcanal Diary are both good.
     
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    Holy cow. Get out much OP? You might be the only guy who has watched more movies than Fifty8.
     
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    Casablanca, until the Donald Duck cartoon counts.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    I did "History of the Cinema" in grad school. My paper was on "Interventionism and the Movies" based on the investigations by Gerald P. Nye and friends into British influence on US movies with the intent to affect US public opinion, prior to Dec. 7th, 1941. Earlier, as an undergrad I had done "The Effect of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on German and Soviet Movie-making."

    So, yeah, you're probably right.
     
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    I'm interested in your conclusions on this.
     
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    Nye adjourned the committee in September of 1941 without coming to any conclusions. The Committee was due to reconvene in January, 1942. Didn't happen for some reason.

    As for my own impressions of the Committee, most of the members admitted to not having seen the movies they were challenging. It was a fiasco. Not surprising given that Nye was an idiot, on par with Sarah Palin.
     
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    I would go with Casablanca and Guadalcanal Diary. Not only propaganda, but good films to boot.
     
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    I like "To Have and Have Not" even better than Casablanca.
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Vt54l9Hivw

    an extract...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr_EQTTPcW0
     

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