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Desert Victory -- The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analyzed.


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13 April 1943 (USA) See more »
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The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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British cinema's holy fools
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 26 July 2013, 4:00 PM, PDT)

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DESERT VICTORY (Roy Boulting and David MacDonald, 1943) *** See more (7 total) »


Harold Alexander ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Alexander)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Churchill)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (as Hitler)
Bernard L. Montgomery ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Montgomery)
Erwin Rommel ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rommel)
Claude Auchinleck ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan Brooke ... Himself - with Churchill and Montgomery (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan Cunningham ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself - Shaking Hands with Rommel (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Harwood ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
J.L. Hodson ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Tedder ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Thoma ... Himself - Commander: Afrika Korps (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Boulting (uncredited)
David MacDonald (uncredited)
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J.L. Hodson  writer

Produced by
David MacDonald .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Film Editing by
Richard Best (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Massy-Collier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roy Boulting .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:62 min | UK:60 min
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Many of the more famous sequences in this documentary have have been frequently excerpted and have been re-used and have appeared many times in other later documentaries and films.See more »


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DESERT VICTORY (Roy Boulting and David MacDonald, 1943) ***, 2 January 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is another example of a film – or, in its case, a documentary – which was much lauded by critics once upon a time but which, when viewed today, does not come across as particularly outstanding (if eliciting occasional excitement throughout from the mainly dimly-lit barrage of various types of artillery). I mean this criticism towards it exclusively as a cinematic product, of course, since the events depicted – the Allies' defeat of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's previously invincible North Africa campaign in 1942 – constitute one of the most decisive turning points of WWII. The fact that it was all captured live by respected British film people (albeit uncredited!) is all the more remarkable when considering that several cameramen were killed, wounded or imprisoned by the enemy during its shooting, as the opening text duly informs us; interestingly, then, the scenes showing Rommel himself and, briefly, Adolf Hitler was 'supplied' via confiscated footage in possession of German P.O.W.s! Many such 'classic' efforts were released during the course of the 6 year-long (1939-45) global conflict by notable British and American film directors, a good number of which I own and have watched in the past, while a few more will be included among my initial spate of 2014 viewings.

For the record, the print I watched of DESERT VICTORY had a 10-minute newsreel – FILM BULLETIN NO. 45: U.S. ATTACKS IN THE ALEUTIANS – appended to it, revolving around battles in the Pacific that were also officially 'reported' by John Huston. Incidentally, the latter competed with the film under review for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars, but the British effort emerged victorious; besides, co-director Boulting made BURMA VICTORY (1946) in a similar vein.

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