Traces the origins and actions of World War I, from the funeral of Britain's King Edward VII to the Versailles Treaty.



(narration) (as Arthur B. Tourtellot), (book)
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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Archduke Franz Ferdinand ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Georges Clemenceau ...
Himself (archive footage)
Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf ...
Himself (archive footage)
Crown Prince Hohenzollern ...
Himself (archive footage)
Josephus Daniels ...
Himself - USN (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor ...
Himself - at Funeral of Edward VII, Walks with Father (archive footage) (as Prince Edward)
Emperor Franz Josef ...
Himself (archive footage)
Emperor Karl ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Archduke Karl)
Empress Augusta Victoria ...
Herself (archive footage)
Empress Zita ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Archduchess Zita)
Armand Fallières ...
Himself (archive footage)
John French ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sir John French)
Joseph-Simon Galliéni ...
Himself (archive footage)


Using rare archive footage, this documentary tells the story of World War I. The film shows the rivalry between the various royalty in Europe leading up to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the failed attempts to avoid the war that followed. It then goes on to show German attrocities as they invade Belgium and France, and how incompetent leaders on both sides cost the lives of millions of men. Written by measham

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It's whole living pageant is on the screen...the great people and great events of the first World War...the great war...that shaped the events of our world today. From the history-pulsing pages of Barbara W. Tuchman's Pulitzer Prize best seller! See more »





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5 August 1965 (West Germany)  »

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Août 1914  »

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(RCA Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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25 September 2004 | by (Right About There) – See all my reviews

This is the movie version of Tuchman's anti-German propaganda book.Tuchman was a rabid German hater and her book(and this movie)are little more than a replay of old allied propaganda from the war years.As history it is worthless.Turn the sound off and look at the old film footage.It is a shame that after all these years we still can't get an honest and objective look at these important events.Instead we are stuck with the same propaganda lies that our grandparents were fed 90 years ago.Even 70 years after historians like Harry Elmer Barnes and Sidney Fay totally demolished these faulty theories many people still believe them,probably because they have been trained since youth to unquestioningly believe any anti-German fairy tale that's trotted in front of them.WWI has been over for almost 90 years isn't it time we called off the propaganda campaign?

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