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Arthur Tourtellot (narration)
Barbara Tuchman (book)
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Release Date:
5 August 1965 (West Germany) See more »
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Traces the origins and actions of World War I, from the funeral of Britain's King Edward VII to the Versailles Treaty. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Fritz Weaver ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Archduke Franz Ferdinand ... Himself (archive footage)

Winston Churchill ... 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)
Grand Duchess Anastasia ... Herself (archive footage)
Grand Duchess Marie ... Herself (archive footage)
Grand Duchess Olga ... Herself (archive footage)
Grand Duchess Tatiana ... Herself (archive footage)
Grand Duke Nicholas ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas Haig ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Jaurès ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Joffre ... Himself (archive footage)
Kaiser Wilhelm II ... Himself (archive footage)
King Albert I ... Himself (archive footage)
King Alexander of Yugoslavia ... Himself (archive footage) (as Crown Prince Alexander)
King Edward VII ... Himself - Funeral (archive footage)
King Ferdinand of Bulgaria ... Himself (archive footage)
King Frederik VIII ... Himself (archive footage)
King George V ... Himself (archive footage)
King George VI ... Himself - at Funeral of Edward VII, Walks with Father (archive footage) (as Prince Albert)
King Manoel II ... Himself (archive footage)
King Nicholas of Montenegro ... Himself (archive footage)
King Peter of Serbia ... Himself (archive footage)
King Victor Emmanuel III ... Himself (archive footage)
Lord Kitchener ... Himself (archive footage)
Koningin Elisabeth ... Herself (archive footage)

V.I. Lenin ... Himself - Speaks Before K. Marx - F. Engels Sign (archive footage)
Karl Liebknecht ... Himself - Harangues Crowd (archive footage)
Nicholas Pasic ... Himself (archive footage)
John J. Pershing ... Himself - with Wilson (archive footage)
Raymond Poincaré ... Himself (archive footage)
Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov ... Himself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself - USN During WWI (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Roger Rudel ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Sultan Mehmed V ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sultan Mohammed V)

Leon Trotsky ... Himself - Meets German Officers at Brest Litovsk (archive footage)
Tsar Nicholas II ... Himself (archive footage)
Tsarina Alexandra ... Herself (archive footage)
Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul von Hindenburg ... Himself (archive footage)
Manfred von Richthofen ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself - Blindfolded to Draw Draft No. (archive footage)

Directed by
Nathan Kroll 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Tourtellot  narration (as Arthur B. Tourtellot)
Barbara Tuchman  book

Produced by
Nathan Kroll .... producer
Lawrence G. White .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Music Department
Sol Kaplan .... conductor

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100 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Recording System)

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Awesome footage of the Great War, 19 July 2003
Author: cheryl cross from Santa Monica, CA

I was impressed with all the authentic films of World War I. It's a Who's Who of historical figures, and the battle scenes are amazing. They're old and grainy, of course, but I didn't know footage like this existed. There are scenes of soliders going over the top and getting mowed down by gun fire, and a great view of the damage to the French countryside from the air.

I teach history and plan to start showing parts of this regularly in my class.

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