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  • Prelude to War

    1943. USA. Frank Capra. 53 min.

  • Churchill's Island

    1941. Canada. Stuart Legg. 22 min.

Sunday, February 3, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Prelude to War

    1943. USA. Directed by Lt. Colonel Frank Capra. Narrated by Walter Huston, Captain Anthony Veiller. The first in the landmark series Why We Fight, much of the initial research for this attempt by U.S. military brass to use Hollywood techniques of music and film editing to indoctrinate recruits was done by MoMA's Department of Film. New print made by National Archives and Records Administration. 53 min.

  • Churchill's Island

    1941. Canada. Produced, directed, and edited by Stuart Legg. Narrated by Lorne Greene. Repurposed Nazi footage and heroic images of British forces "return fire" on the Germans' successful use of Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda films. Winner of the first Documentary Academy Award. Preserved by AMPAS from a nitrate print loaned by Library and Archives Canada. 22 min.

In the Film exhibition Oscar's Docs, 1941–45: Bravery and Bias

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