Propaganda - Hooray for our side!
Film by its nature was quickly determined to be a strong influencer of facts, opinion and public opinion; in both overt and more sensitive ways. What to include, what to exclude, how to say something to create an effect in the viewer - this is film and all films have a view. The most obvious are called propaganda, many of the rest are called entertainment (see North Korea's contribution). For purposes of comparison Homeless Cinema has concentrated on WW11.
Triumph of the Will (1935)
1:44:27 Leni Riefenstahl. Triumph des Willens - is a well made, often beautiful, propaganda film so remember they are trying to capture your heart. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, and was commissioned by Adolf Hitler who served as a Producer. The overriding theme of the film is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the True German Leader who will bring glory to the nation.
Listen to Britain (1942) 19:37
Director Humphrey Jennings's pastoral attempt to sum up all that is grand about England, why it is worth fighting for and why it will win - or so they hoped. A depiction of life in wartime England visiting
many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration. Production credits
Combat America - WWII. Clark Gable 1943
1:01:54 An Allied propaganda film of World War II: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable is hereby directed to proceed to England ... " Documentary footage with Clark Gable voice over. Starting with an introduction to multicultural american soldiers and rolling along with the warm dry heroic american narrative. Combining snippets of soldier training with views of 'superior" weaponry, the wisdom to trust your leaders and good relations between allies towrds the end they show real combat and don't hide the fact that americans do die. 'Good old boys with a day to save' made me feel comradely warm and brave. some good food footage. Gables sign off. "Enemy of America, look at these men. There not gunna lose, brother"
The Battle of Russia (1943)
1:22:57 An american made pro russian film - when they were allies in WWII - in seven linked reels. Fascinating and detailed analysis of russian history its people and its resolve. Includes clips from Sergei Eisenstein, Pudovkin and others and given current world news it has an interesting pro Soviet analysis of battles including Crimea.Positive propaganda from an unusual source. It tells Americans why Russians are such good allies.
Fictional newsreel from "It Happened Here" 1965 9:48
Excerpt from the Kevin Brownlows and Andrew Mollo film "It happened here". A no budget 60s movie based on the premise that Germany won the war. This newsreel shows how truth shifts depending on who wins the means of production. Click to buy the full version from Amazon
North Korea Exposes the Western Propaganda
1:35:52 Fascinating, insightful and natutrally one sided analysis of current american culture by the most propagandised nation in the world today.