The World at War (1973 IMDb)

Subject

The Second World War, as told through archive footage, talking-head interviews with survivors and explanatory graphics, with ambitions of showing many sides of controversial issues, as well as aspects of civilian life.

Commentary

Beautiful narration, many disturbing images and lots of extraordinary anecdotes. Some biased statements slip past the researchers (e.g. “It didn't have the right leader yet”, portraying Churchill as a necessity for Britain) and one does get tired of watching artillery.

References here: The Fall of the Third Reich (1965), Grave of the Fireflies (1988).

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