In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events ... See full summary »
Harold E. Edgerton,
Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of ... See full summary »
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
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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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