Why We Fight 1: Prelude to War

    • Frank Capra
    • United States
    • 1943
    • 53 min
    • Docs at War 1939-1945
    The first Why We Fight documentary by Capra, Prelude to War (1943) presents the Hollywood answer to the European propaganda. This Oscar-winning documentary describes the past history of "us," the civilised lot, as opposed to "them" - Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito. This extremely successful production was screened both commercially and in the army barracks, and ends with the words: "No compromise is possible and the victory of the democracies can only be completed with the utter defeat of the war machines of Germany and Japan."


    • 53 min
    • black and white
    • 35mm
    • Spoken languages: English
    Frank Capra
    William Hornbeck
    Dimitri Tiomkin
    Eric Knight, Anthony Veiller, Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein
    Walter Huston, Anthony Veiller

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