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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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Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To imerologio tou fovou  »

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The newsreel footage seen in this film was predominantly from the Fox Movietone newsreels library (the film was not surprisingly made by the 20th Century-Fox studio), Fox war movies from mainly the 1940s but later ones as well such as The Longest Day (1962) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) as well as some archival material used from services archives. See more »


Edited from When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1942) See more »


Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Sung by Frankie Laine
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All This and a Headache Too
28 November 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this oddity once upon a time at one of Toronto's oddest little theatres, The Screening Room, which no longer exists. The room is still there, over the Kingsway Cinema, but it doesn't operate as a theatre anymore.

This would have been in 1979 or 1980, and they were showing a double bill of blasphemous Beatles films, this one and the Bee Gees' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1978). We knew the Bee Gees would be an embarrassment, but we had greater hopes for this film. (And the Bee Gees were free if you bought a ticket for the other one, as I recall.)

It was certainly a relief to learn that the Allies won World War II but otherwise... The combination of sacrosanct Beatles tunes and wartime stock footage didn't sound like such a good idea, and when you actually saw it, it turned out to be even more ridiculous than you would have guessed. The only image I still recall 20 years on is one of the "famous" ones, "Get Back" being sung over German tank footage run in reverse. As the philosopher said, "It's a fine line between clever and stupid."

But it was better than the Bee Gees!

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