Prelude to War

Why We Fight, 1
Documentaries, 1942, 51 minutes
Prelude to War
Frank Capra's documentary chronicles the rise of authoritarianism in Germany, Italy and Japan as America prepares for a defense of liberty.
The documentaries Prelude to War was released in 1942 and lasts 51 minutes. This was the first in the government-sponsored "Why We Fight" series produced to help prepare America for World War II. This documentaries is Heartfelt.
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Score: 7.2 of the 10

This famous propaganda piece, used as a U.S. Army training film in WWII before theatrical release, asks 'why we fight.' The answer compares the 'free' and 'slave' worlds. Included: development of dictatorships in Italy, Germany and Japan, while anti-militarism and isolationism rise in the USA; a look at enemy propaganda; and the first acts of aggression. Walter Huston narrates a combination of archival footage, maps, and other graphics.

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Audio: English
Subtitles: French;Simplified Chinese;Traditional Chinese;Spanish;English

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