Monday, January 23, 2017

Prelude to War (1942)

Academy Awards, USA 1943

Best Documentary

Office of War Information
Directed by Frank Capra
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

First in a series of "training" films for US troops entering WWII. It contains the expected propaganda, but also some illuminating perspectives as the country prepares for war and the outcome is far from certain. I viewed this just a day after the inauguration of Trump, whose "America first" policy bears a striking similarity to the country's mood after WWI. The documentary makes it clear that this policy contributed to the rise of Hitler, Mussolini and Yamamoto, as the US looked the other way. The failure of the League of Nations also resulted from US isolationism, eerily similar to Trump's criticism of the United Nations. Only time will tell as of the writing of this review, but this long forgotten documentary should be required viewing for all Americans.

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