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The True Glory -- The Archive of World War Two is a series of original archive documentaries filmed under actual battle conditions by service and newsreel cameramen attached to American, British, French, Russian and enemy forces. NTSC - Black & White - 80 minutes
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4 October 1945 (USA) See more »
The story of your victory...told by the guys who won it!
A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 27 April 2013, 4:07 PM, PDT)

Oscar Winner Peter Ustinov Dies at 82
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THE TRUE GLORY (Garson Kanin and Carol Reed, 1945) ***1/2 See more (6 total) »



Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Robert Harris ... Commentator (voice)

Peter Ustinov ... Himself

Directed by
Garson Kanin 
Carol Reed (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Brown  uncredited
Paddy Chayefsky 
Frank Harvey  uncredited
Gerald Kersh  uncredited
Saul Levitt  uncredited
Arthur Macrae  uncredited
Eric Maschwitz  uncredited
Jenny Nicholson  uncredited
Guy Trosper  uncredited
Peter Ustinov  uncredited

Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Film Editing by
Robert Carrick (uncredited)
Bob Clarke (uncredited)
Jerome Corwin (uncredited)
Robert Verrell (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Roger K. Furse (uncredited)
Production Management
Patrick M. Jenkins .... production manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
D. Field .... sound (uncredited)
G. Gardiner .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Massy-Collier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jerome Corwin .... first assistant editor
John Krish .... assistant editor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Marc Blitzstein composed a rejected score for the US version. William Alwyn's music for the UK version was retained instead.See more »
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THE TRUE GLORY (Garson Kanin and Carol Reed, 1945) ***1/2, 3 January 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is one of the best-regarded of the classic wartime documentaries – another Academy Award winner, as it happens – and, in retrospect, among those that has stood the test of time reasonably well. Co-incidentally, its viewing followed that of THEY WON'T FORGET (1937) starring Claude Rains, who is featured here as one of several uncredited narrators! With this in mind, while one understands that such films were made as collective efforts for morale-boosting purposes, it feels odd to realize who may or may not have been involved only while watching it…or even after the fact (I was not aware, for instance, that the script was by Paddy Chayefsky)! Anyway, its enduring qualities over more dated similar efforts has much to do with the film's very structure – not only the various nations involved in the Allied cause taking turns to provide 'first-hand' commentary throughout, but its detailing the progress towards the end of WWII (from D-Day to the fall of Berlin).

It was interesting, to be sure, to watch real footage of a number of famed battlegrounds which would later be fictionalized as star-studded spectacles by the commercial cinema – the Normandy invasion itself in THE LONGEST DAY (1962), the BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965), the entry into Berlin following the capture of THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN (1968) and the ill-fated Allied maneuver at Arnhem in A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977). Other points worth mentioning here are the fact that this was 'presented' by U.S. Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower (indeed, it is said that the gold statuette on Oscar night was delivered to him personally!), later the 34th American President, and the early harrowing depiction of the realities behind German concentration camps which, as stated in the film itself, removed from one's mind any notion of the futility for such a conflict.

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