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."

    Credits

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

    IDFA history

    2005
    Screened
    Docs at War 1939-1945

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