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Churchill's Island (1941)

TV-PG  |   |  Documentary, War, Short  |  20 April 2004 (Czech Republic)
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The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

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This short uses newsreel footage, official British government film, and captured German government film to tell the story of Great Britain's defense against Germany in the early days of World War II. The story begins with the Battle of Britain, Germany's air war against England in 1940. Germany lost about 2300 aircraft, while the Royal Air Force lost about 900. When Germany realized that the war could not be won in the air, it carried out a policy of sinking virtually any ship in the Atlantic headed to England. Meanwhile, England prepared for a sea invasion on its southern coasts, determined to repel any attack. The narrator says that with the help of America, Canada, and other allies, England will not be defeated and tells Germany, "Come, IF YOU DARE!" Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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This is the first documentary film to win the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary as 1942 was the year that the category was introduced. See more »

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Edited into 50 for 50: Volume 1, Tape 1: Golden Oldies (1989) See more »

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Masterful propaganda
12 January 2002 | by (Victoria, Canada) – See all my reviews

During WWII, German films to be used in Germany for propaganda reasons were often intercepted by the Allies and sent to Canada. The National Film Board, under John Grierson, would then use the German footage in Allied propaganda.

Churchill's Island, perhaps the most famous of the Western propaganda, extolls the virtues of the Allied cause while using Nazi footage to show the evils of fascism.

While this film seems very dated (and with good reason, it's 60 years old), it's still a fascinating look at the use of a relatively new media as a tool of social control. 8/10.


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