A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.
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Laurence Olivier ...  Himself - Narrator 26 episodes, 1973-1974
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A multi-volumed documentary mini-series, "The World at War" covers the entire history of World War II from the causes of the 1920s to the aftermath of the Cold War in the 1950s. Emphasis is also placed on several inside story episodes, where events are covered which occurred inside Germany and Japan such as resistance to Hitler, life in general under a dictatorial regime, and particular emphasis is focused on the Jewish Holocaust. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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UK

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English | German | French | Japanese

Release Date:

14 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Welt im Krieg See more »

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(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Albert Speer's testimony in the series is now considered highly unreliable. Speer considerably downplayed his involvement in Nazi atrocities. After his death a letter he wrote in December 1971 proved he had full knowledge of the Holocaust throughout its course, despite his repeated public denials. See more »

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Followed by Hitler's Germany (1976) See more »

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Still the benchmark WWII Documentary
9 April 2005 | by strek1See all my reviews

After all these years I still consider this series the finest example of World War II documentary film making. The interviews with the many participants from all countries set this apart from any other project. It would be great to see a contemporary documentarian(Ken Burns ?) take on this topic and try to gather information from veterans before they are all gone. With modern technology to improve old archival footage and lots of information that has been unearthed since 1974 when The World At War was produced, an updated version of this series would be welcome. The History Channel has made some fine shows dealing with many aspects of WWII but an expansive series such as the World At War has not been successfully attempted since the original. If you are interested in this era don't miss this series. It is required viewing.


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