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This is an intriguing little piece of propaganda. That's a word with a negative connotation, but this is one example of it that was done right. Leslie Howard is perfect at this, explaining the English cause (and that of the allies) in World War II, without seeming too preachy; revealing the idealism of the soldiers he speaks to, and the viewer, without hitting them over the head with it.
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