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Seasons:
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Release Date:
1976 (Denmark) See more »
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Plot:
A series of accurate documentaries about World War II. Full summary »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Of unmatched significance in the library of video productions See more (64 total) »

Cast

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Laurence Olivier ... Himself - Narrator (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
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Series Directed by
Hugh Raggett (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Pett (3 episodes, 1974)
David Elstein (2 episodes, 1973)
Ted Childs (2 episodes, 1974)
Michael Darlow (2 episodes, 1974)
Martin Smith (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Batty (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Neal Ascherson (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Laurence Thompson (2 episodes, 1973)
Charles Bloomberg (2 episodes, 1974)
Jerome Kuehl (2 episodes, 1974)
David Wheeler (2 episodes, 1974)
John Williams (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Jeremy Isaacs .... series producer / producer (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Batty .... producer (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Elstein .... producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Pett .... producer (3 episodes, 1974)
Jerome Kuehl .... associate producer / producer (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ted Childs .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
Michael Darlow .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
Martin Smith .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
Phillip Whitehead .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (3 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
Beryl Wilkins (5 episodes, 1974)
Alan Afriat (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Lee-Thompson (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jeff Harvey (4 episodes, 1974)
David Taylor (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Production Management
Liz Sutherland .... unit manager / production manager (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Art Department
Tony Bulley .... graphics (10 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lester Halhed .... graphics (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ian Kestle .... graphics (4 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Sound Department
Freddie Slade .... dubbing mixer / dubbing editor (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Nola Schiff .... dubbing editor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bob Harvey .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Keith Barber .... sound / sound recordist (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Brian Rendle .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1973-1974)

Nigel Bell .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Lang .... camera / film cameraman (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mike Fash .... film cameraman / camera (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Goodwin .... rostrum camera (3 episodes, 1973-1974)

Ray Orton .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Alan Afriat .... mastering colorist / supervising editor (13 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Lynch .... mastering colorist (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Music Department
Carl Davis .... music (1 episode, 1974)
 
Series Other crew
Noble Frankland .... historical advisor (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Antonio Pinto Marques .... production staff (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Roger Chinery .... laboratory liaison (24 episodes, 1973-1974)
Isobel Hinshelwood .... researcher / stills researcher (18 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Rowe .... film research (17 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jerome Kuehl .... script associate (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Raye Farr .... film research (14 episodes, 1973-1974)
Susan McConachy .... researcher (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Michael Fox .... film research (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ben Shepard .... researcher (4 episodes, 1974)
Alan Patient .... researcher (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Svetlana Koroleva .... researcher (2 episodes, 1974)

Sherman Grinberg .... archive source (unknown episodes)
Heinrich Hoffmann .... archive source (unknown episodes)
D.A. Spencer .... archive source (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
52 min (26 episodes)
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Trivia:
Primetime Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Documentary Achievements (Cultural) 1974, Jeremy Isaacs, Producer.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »

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82 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Of unmatched significance in the library of video productions, 22 January 2005
Author: Mike from Hope B.C. Canada

This series, produced at probably the most propitious time following the events of the second World War, is on a scale of value that stands far above any individual's presumption to criticize.

The timing of World at War's production in 1974, amounting to some three decades after the events of the war, permits an accurate relating of events in a manner uncoloured by residual propaganda and slant. The passage of thirty years allows the telling to be backed up by an impressive and fascinating panoply of the very individuals involved, ranging from some of the highest military and political figures down to the field soldiers, civilians, and such survivors of the death camps as have remained to bear witness to the unimaginable inhumanities of which civilized humans are capable. Most approaching or well into their senior years, the interviewed subjects have had enough time to reflect on their experiences and in most instances have had enough time for whatever propaganda and fervor may have affected them in the past to have receded away, leaving only the memories of what they saw and what they did.

The information that these survivors give, strikingly reinforced by the postures and expressions they display while telling their part, give their stories all the more impact. Such names as Ira Eaker, Adolph Galland, Louis Mountbatten, Albert Speer, Gertrude Junge (Hitler's personal secretary)... the list is far too long to relate.

Today, within the lifetime of the survivors of this enormous lesson in the hideous price of political ambition, are young people who chant the same sort of militaristic and nationalistic war promotion as led to WW2. The DVD series we discuss here ought to comprise the core of a mandatory history subject in schools, that the lessons bought at such a horrible cost in those days should not have been wasted but should be taken to heart by those who did not see firsthand the terrible price.

I am almost done watching the 11 disk set, having seen most of the series when a local TV channel aired it more than 10 years ago. It has lost none of its poignancy to me, indeed has become even more of a magnificent chronicle of some of the very darkest days of human times.

The highest possible rating seems unworthy of being applied to this presentation. I think the value of this series is beyond counting.

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