In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda film series, we have the account of Great Britain's last stand against the forces of Nazi Germany. This mainly focuses on the desperate, but successful, battle to maintain their vital air superiority over the British Isles and the morale of the people to prevent invasion. Written by
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In the year 2000, the United States Library of Congress mandated that this film (and the other six documentaries in the 'Why We Fight' series) were "culturally significant" and selected them for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »
The fourth film in Capra's "Why We Fight" series takes a look at Britain and their entrance into the war. As with the other films in the series, the main goal here was to teach people in the U.S. why we're entering the war and bring them up on what's been going on overseas. Today we have much better documentaries about all these events so it's important to keep in mind that these were rather fresh when originally released and the information being passed here was all that was known then. Today, much of the information told here has been corrected but history buffs probably aren't going to be watching these for a lesson. The film remains mildly entertaining as a nostalgia trip because it gives us a chance to see what was being taught back while the war was going on. We get the typical clips of Hitler, various battles and things like that but the most interesting footage comes from the factories in England where we see all the extra work being done to help push the cause. Most of the stock footage is in bad shape but that's somewhat to be expected. Overall, I'm really not sure how much Capra had to do on the film and I doubt his fans will be the ones watching this. WWII buffs will probably want to check it out but others will either find it too stale or find more fulfilling documentaries out there.
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