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During WWII, German films to be used in Germany for propaganda reasons
often intercepted by the Allies and sent to Canada. The National Film
under John Grierson, would then use the German footage in Allied
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.
The first ever documentary to win an Academy Award will be harder to
take seriously nowadays due to the propaganda factor, but I'd say that
it made perfect sense in World War II. "Churchill's Island" extols the
United Kingdom's defense industry, identifying it as the main bulwark
against Nazi Germany's advance. Despite the title, Winston Churchill
only appears briefly at the end. The other elephant in the room is that
back then, it was widely agreed that we needed high taxes to pay for
wars; sixty years later George W. Bush turned a record surplus into
record deficits by borrowing money from China* to fund his wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the end, I recommend this documentary, the first ever Canadian production to win an Oscar.
*Speaking of China, the people who buy all that junk in Wal-Mart overlook something. Wal-Mart buys 90% of its products from China, which buys its oil from Iran. On top of it, the evangelical Christians have endorsed Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay policies, not realizing that his government is one of Iran's biggest allies.
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