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All This and World War II (1976)

Beatles' "significance" pushed to the breaking point in this bizarre documentary that juxtaposes their songs (sung by a number of rock stars) with World War II newsreel footage. Helen Reddy... See full summary »

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Beatles' "significance" pushed to the breaking point in this bizarre documentary that juxtaposes their songs (sung by a number of rock stars) with World War II newsreel footage. Helen Reddy sings "Fool On The Hill" while Hitler relaxes at Bertchtesgaden, and Rod Stewart husks "Get Back" while Nazi troops goose step. Written by Anonymous

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The Planes. The Janes. The Blitz. See more »


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12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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The number of feature films, all World War II movies, (other than the newsreel and archival footage) edited into this movie totaled 28. See more »

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Edited from Casablanca (1942) See more »

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I Am the Walrus
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Sung by Leo Sayer
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Bizarre and rather pointless with an absolutely horrible soundtrack, this is worth seeing just to say you've seen it
4 March 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

The 1970s was one of the most revolutionary times for mainstream cinema and one of the dullest periods for mainstream music. Only during those pre-"Star Wars" years would a major studio finance such a bizarre film experiment as this. Its not a successful film by any means, but its fascinating to watch and attempt to believe that a studio head thought something this inaccessible would be a hit. Despite being one of the most bizarre films ever from Hollywood, "All This and World War II" is anything but a success. Its not surprising that this wound up a major flop. The main problem is that, despite being rather unique and occasionally clever, this is all rather pointless. If there was a message, it completely flew over my head.

This film could've been bearable if they had used the original Beatles recordings. Instead they got some of the most popular recording artists of the day to do covers. As I said above, the 70s were one of the dullest periods in mainstream music, only matched by today. While there was a lot of great revolutionary music (Stooges, Big Star, Ramones), it was mostly ignored by the mainstream. Instead, the airwaves were dominated by the horrible artists heard in this film such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, and The BeeGees. The soundtrack, while not as bad as the the one for the "Sgt. Peppers" film, represents the worst that the 70s had to offer. Overall, "All This and World War II" is worth watching just to say you've seen it. If you want a good experimental Beatles film, check out "Magical Mystery Tour", which gets a much worse rep that it deserves. On the other hand, "All This and World War II" is deserving of its obscurity. (3/10)


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