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The Battle of Russia (1943)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 11 November 1943 (USA)
Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Directors:

Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ion Antonescu Ion Antonescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Alexander Nevsky (archive footage)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Miklós Horthy ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfred Jodl Alfred Jodl ... Himself (archive footage)
Kaiser Wilhelm II ... Himself (archive footage)
Ye. Karrik Ye. Karrik ... King Charles XII of Sweden (archive footage)
Wilhelm Keitel Wilhelm Keitel ... Himself (archive footage)
King Boris III King Boris III ... Himself (archive footage)
King Michael ... Himself (archive footage)
General Kosakov General Kosakov ... Himself (archive footage) (as Col. General Kosakoff)
Maxim Litvinov Maxim Litvinov ... Himself (archive footage) (as Maxim Litvinoff)
Yosuke Matsuoka Yosuke Matsuoka ... Himself (archive footage)
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In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the events on the Russian front of World War II. We learn about Russia's heroic resistance to invasion in the past and how those qualities were called upon in the current war. We also learn about Russian tenacity and their determination to win against the seemingly invincible forces of Nazi Germany in the bloodiest fighting of the war. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Russia: The Nazi March Frozen See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary is the longest film in Frank Capra's seven-film 'Why We Fight' documentary film series. See more »

Alternate Versions

A version exists where the film is divided into two parts because of its length. There are extra titles to explain this division, and a short recapitulation of Part I is found at the beginning of Part II. See more »

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Featured in Mr. Capra Goes to War: The Battle of Russia (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Much more propaganda than history...
11 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the fifth of seven films in the "Why We Fight" series that was directed by Frank Capra. These pictures are documentaries as well as propaganda...with a strong emphasis on propaganda in order to bolster support for the war effort. Of the seven films, perhaps "The Battle of Russia" is the one which emphases propaganda much more than facts. Using selective information, the film makes a strong message--our friends, the Russians, are plucky and will NOT roll over for the invading Germans...and they need our help. To make message, the film strongly emphasizes some facts while ignoring the many bad things about Stalinist Russia...such as repression, the Russia-Germany non-aggression pact and Stalin himself. This isn't too surprising, as Hollywood did an about face with Russia during the war. While pre- war films, such as "Comrad X", made fun of the Soviets and mocked their system, now that they were allies in the war, a new and ridiculously idealistic view of the USSR made its way into movies such as "The North Star". After all...they were now the American's new strange bedfellow. And, it's because of the combinations of truths and many half truths and omissions that the film is only fair despite its strong message.


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