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The True Glory (1945)

Not Rated | | Documentary , War | 4 October 1945 (USA)
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A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen. It opens as the assembled allied forces plan and train ... See full summary »

Directors:

Garson Kanin, Carol Reed (uncredited)

Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Richard Fallon Richard Fallon
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Harris ... Commentator (voice)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Levene ... Commentator (voice)
Erwin Rommel ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Ustinov ... Himself
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A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen. It opens as the assembled allied forces plan and train for the D-Day invasion at bases in Great Britain and covers all the major events of the war in Europe from the Normandy landings to the fall of Berlin. Written by Phil Landon

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The story of your victory...told by the guys who won it!

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Documentary | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vraie gloire See more »

Filming Locations:

Czechoslovakia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the film's director Garson Kanin, when the movie won the 1945 Academy Award as Best Documentary Feature, the Oscar went to the uncredited producer, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. See more »

Connections

Edited into Dai-ni-ji sekai taisen (1954) See more »

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What Price Glory
9 June 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Not your average World War II documentary, 'The True Glory' avoids static interviews or impersonal narration, instead presenting collated archive footage from the final few months of the war, played out against real war veterans verbally relating their experiences. While some of the stock footage shown feels awfully familiar, there are several excellent, unusual shots throughout, most notably one where the camera is positioned at the wheels of the plane and a sequence where passers-by on the street walk up to the camera from all different directions. The nighttime footage is remarkable too. Not all of the verbal recounts resonate with a lot of flag-waving dialogue, however, several lines linger long in the mind ("I'm not squeamish... but I'm human") and the documentary refreshingly includes recounts from an extensive variety of personnel. Sure, most of the interviewees are soldiers, but we also get the perspective of an army hospital nurse, a war reporter and the list goes on. The documentary also curiously mentions the prospect of World War III some time in (then) foreseeable future with a reminder that war really can be a horrible thing. Indeed, while the film sometimes feels like the Allies patting themselves on the back for a successful victory, 'The True Glory' does not shy away from depicting how grueling war is and it deserves some credit for that.


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