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  1. Sources
    There is a sizeable literature which might be usefully be consulted by students taking Cinema as a Source for Historians, and what follows is a select bibliography only. Students should be prepared to go beyond it in preparation of assessed work. Students are also encouraged to make use of learned journals and articles may be located via the Library Search system. Those underlined here and highlighted in blue in the online version of this booklet (via Blackboard) may be downloaded in full.

  2. Cinema as a Source - General Texts 15 items
    1. Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film - Erik Barnouw 1993

      Book Further

    2. European cinemas, European societies 1939-1990 - Pierre Sorlin 1990

      Book 

    3. Feature films as history - K. R. M. Short c1981

      Book 

    4. Film history: an introduction - Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell 2003

      Book 

    5. Politics and film - Leif Furhammar, Folke Isaksson, Kersti French 1971

      Book Further

    6. Propaganda: the art of persuasion : World War II - Anthony Rhodes, Victor Margolin 1976

      Book 

    7. The historian and film - Paul Smith 1976

      Book 

    8. The power of film propaganda: myth or reality? - Nicholas Reeves 1999

      Book Further

    9. The historian and film - Paul Smith 1976

      Book Further The Fiction Film and Historical Analysis

  3. British Cinema in the First World War 13 items
    1. British propaganda during the First World War, 1914-18 - M. L. Sanders, Philip M. Taylor 1982

      Book 

    2. Cinema and the Great War - Andrew Kelly 1997

      Book 

    3. Official British film propaganda during the First World War - Nicholas Reeves, Imperial War Museum (Great Britain) c1986

      Book 

    4. British silent cinema and the Great War - Michael Hammond, Michael Williams 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book 

  4. British Cinema in the Second World War 28 items
    1. Britain and the cinema in the Second World War - Philip M. Taylor 1988

      Book 

    2. Britain can take it: the British cinema in the Second World War - Anthony Aldgate, Jeffrey Richards 1986

      Book Further

    3. British cinema history - James Curran, Vincent Porter 1983

      Book 

    4. British cinema: past and present - Justine Ashby, Andrew Higson 2000

      Book Further ‘Cinema, Propaganda and National Identity: British Film and the Second World War’

    5. British official films in the Second World War: an descriptive catalogue - Frances Thorpe, Nicholas Pronay, Clive Coultass 1980

      Book 

    6. Films and the Second World War - Roger Manvell 1974

      Book 

    7. Ideological Consensus in British Feature Films, 1935-1945, in K.R.M. Short (ed.), Feature Films as History (1981) - Anthony Aldgate c1981

      Chapter Further ‘Ideological Consensus in British Feature Films, 1935-1945’

    8. Mass-Observation at the movies - Jeffrey Richards, Dorothy Sheridan, Mass-Observation 1987

      Book 

    9. Propaganda, politics and film, 1918-45 - Nicholas Pronay, D. W. Spring 1982

      Book 

    10. The British at war: cinema, state and propaganda - James Chapman 1998

      Book Further

    11. The RAF on Screen - Paris, Michael Aug 1, 1990

      Article 

    12. Went the day well? - Penelope Houston 1992

      Book 

    13. Witnesses of War - Penelope Houston spring 1974

      Article  Article about 1970s obsession in UK with World War II, published to coincide with release of Thames Television's groundbreaking series, "The World at War".

    14. World War II, film, and history - John Whiteclay Chambers, David Holbrook Culbert 1996

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  5. Nazi Germany 41 items
    1. A portrait of Leni Riefenstahl - Audrey Salkeld 1996

      Book 

    2. Filmguide to 'Triumph of the will' - Richard Meran Barsam 1975

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    3. Filming women in the Third Reich - Jo Fox 2000

      Book Further

    4. Jud Süss - Susan Tegel 03/2005

      Article 

    5. Leni Riefenstahl's : the 1935 Nazi Party Rally film - David Culbert, Martin Loiperdinger 01/1992

      Article Further

    6. Nazi cinema - Erwin Leiser, Gertrud Mander, David Wilson 1974

      Book 

    7. Nazi propaganda: the power and the limitations - David Welch Aug.1983

      Book 

    8. Nazis and the Cinema - Horst Claus 03/2010

      Article Further

    9. Nazis and the cinema - Susan Tegel 2007

      Book 

    10. Olympia - Taylor Downing 1992

      Book Further

    11. Propaganda and the German cinema 1933-1945 - David Welch Feb.1983

      Book 

    12. The mythical world of Nazi war propaganda, 1939-1945 - Jay W. Baird 1974 [i.e. 1975

      Book Further

    13. The Third Reich: politics and propaganda - David Welch 1993

      Book 

    14. The sieve of time: the memoirs of Leni Riefenstahl - Leni Riefenstahl 1992

      Book 

    15. The Third Reich: politics and propaganda - David Welch 1993

      Book 

    16. The war that Hitler won - Robert Edwin Herzstein Jan. 1979

      Book Further

    17. Triumph of the will: a film by Leni Riefenstahl - David Calvert Smith, Leni Riefenstahl c1990

      Book Further

    18. Triumph of the will - Winston, Brian Jan 1997

      Article 

    19. The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1991) Saturday, 27 Sep 2003

      Audio-visual document  A profile of the German photographer and film director, who died on September 8 at the age of 101. Vilified as a Nazi propagandist for Triumph of the Will, her 1934 film of the Nuremberg rally, and Olympia, her extraordinary documentary account of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl survived to publish photographic studies of the Nubian tribesmen of Africa in the 1970s, and was still working at the age of 90 – photographing sharks.

  6. US Cinema in the Second World War 25 items
    1. Friend or foe?: Russians in American film and foreign policy, 1933-1991 - Michael J. Strada, Harold Troper 1997

      Book 

    2. Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 - Thomas Patrick Doherty 2013

      Book 

    3. Hollywood goes to war: how politics, profits, and propaganda shaped World War II movies - Clayton R. Koppes, Gregory D. Black 1988, c1987

      Book 

    4. Production of The True Glory - James Chapman 10/1996

      Article Further ‘The Yanks are shown to such advantage”: Anglo-American Rivalry

    5. Projections of war: Hollywood, American culture, and World War II - Thomas Patrick Doherty c1999

      Book Further

    6. The method of 'Why we fight'. - William T. Murphy, summer 1972

      Article 

    7. The star-spangled screen: the American World War II film - Bernard F. Dick 1985

      Book Further

    8. The World War II combat film: anatomy of a genre - Jeanine Basinger 2003

      Book Further

    9. This is the Army - Culbert, David Apr 2000

      Article Further Campus access only

    10. When Hollywood loved Britain: the Hollywood "British" film 1939-1945 - H. Mark Glancy 1999

      Book Further

    11. The Great Dictator (1940) Sunday, 3 Apr 2016

      Audio-visual document  Chaplin’s satire targeting Hitler, Mussolini, Goebbels and Goering in an assortment of thinly disguised characters. A Jewish barber suffering from amnesia tries to escape a dictatorship, only to be mistaken for the dictator Adenoid Hynkel on the eve of the invasion of Austria. While this was Chaplin’s first complete ‘talkie’, he still relied heavily on wordless action to get his message across.

  7. Cold War Cinema 6 items
    1. Cold War fantasies: film, fiction, and foreign policy - Ronnie D. Lipschutz c2001

      Book 

    2. Running time: films of the Cold War - Nora Sayre c1982

      Book 

    3. Propaganda and the cold war: a Princeton University symposium - John Boardman Whitton 2012], c1963

      Book 

  8. Soviet Cinema 26 items
    1. Alexander Nevsky - Sergei Eisenstein, Pyotr Pavlenko, Edouard Tisse 1938

      Audio-visual document Further

    2. Battleship Potemkin ; [and], October ; and, Alexander Nevsky - Sergei Eisenstein, Diana Matias, Jay Leyda 1974

      Book Further

    3. Cinema and Soviet society, 1917-1953 - Peter Kenez 1992

      Book Further

    4. Cinema in revolution: the heroic era of the Soviet film - Luda Schnitzer, Jean Schnitzer, Marcel Martin, David Robinson 1973

      Book Further

    5. Early Soviet Cinema: the Spontaneous and the Planned - Viktor Listov, Richard Taylor, Derek Spring 01/1991

      Article Further

    6. Eisenstein: 1898-1948-1988 - Richard Taylor 01/1988

      Article Further

    7. Film propaganda: Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany - Richard Taylor 1998

      Book Further

    8. Forward Soviet!: history and non-fiction film in the USSR - Graham Roberts c1999

      Book Further

    9. Kino: a history of the Russian and Soviet film - Jay Leyda 1983

      Book Further

    10. October - Richard Taylor 2002

      Book Further

    11. Russian and Soviet Cinema: Continuity and Change - Richard Taylor, Derek Spring 01/1991

      Article Further

    12. Soviet Cinema in the Twenties: National Alternatives - Rashit Yangirov, Richard Taylor 01/1991

      Article Further

    13. Soviet socialist realism: origins and theory - C. Vaughan James 1973

      Book Further

    14. Stalinism and Soviet cinema - Richard Taylor, D. W. Spring 1993

      Book Further

    15. The Film factory: Russian and Soviet cinema in documents 1896-1939 - Richard Taylor, Ian Christie 1994, c1988

      Book Further

    16. The politics of the Soviet cinema, 1917-1929 - Richard Taylor 1979

      Book Further

    17. Art That Shook the World Saturday, 28 Apr 2001

      Audio-visual document  arked the birth of contemporary cinematic language, Sergei Eisenstein ‘s Battleship Potemkin (1925) also remains one of the most heavily censored films of the 20th century, banned by governments fearful of its propaganda for the Bolshevik cause. Film-maker Renny Bartlett tells the story of the making of the film and deconstructs the sequence on the Odessa Steps, six minutes of montage that would inspire such diverse talents as Francis Bacon, Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, and Ken Russell. \r\nProducer Chris Granlund; Executive producer Andrea Miller (S) (W) Website: www.bbc.co.uk/arts\r\n467119.

    18. Art That Shook the World Saturday, 28 Apr 2001

      Audio-visual document  Regarded as a film that marked the birth of contemporary cinematic language, Sergei Eisenstein ‘s Battleship Potemkin (1925) also remains one of the most heavily censored films of the 20th century, banned by governments fearful of its propaganda for the Bolshevik cause. Film-maker Renny Bartlett tells the story of the making of the film and deconstructs the sequence on the Odessa Steps, six minutes of montage that would inspire such diverse talents as Francis Bacon, Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, and Ken Russell. \r\nProducer Chris Granlund; Executive producer Andrea Miller (S) (W) Website: www.bbc.co.uk/arts\r\n467119.

  9. Reference 5 items
    1. The Macmillan international film encyclopedia - Ephraim Katz, Fred Klein, Ronald Dean Nolen c2001

      Book Further

    2. The encyclopedia of British film - Brian McFarlane, Anthony Slide 2008

      Book Further

    3. Dictionary of films - Georges Sadoul, Peter Morris 1972

      Book Further

    4. The new biographical dictionary of film - David Thomson 2002

      Book Further

    5. The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film - Ian Aitken, Ian Aitken 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book  The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film is a fully international reference work on the history of the documentary film from the Lumiere brothers' Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory (1885) to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 (2004). Previously published in three volumes, entries have been edited and updated for the new, concise edition and three new entries have been added on: India, China and Africa. The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film: * Discusses individual films and filmmakers including little-known filmmakers from countries such as India, Bosnia, China and others * Examines the documentary filmmaking traditions within nations and regions, or within historical periods in places such as Iran, Brazil, Portugal, and Japan * Explores themes, issues, and representations in documentary film including human rights, modernism, homosexuality, and World War I, as well as types of documentary film such as newsreels and educational films * Elaborates on production companies, organizations, festivals, and institutions such as the American Film Institute, Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board, Hot Docs (Toronto), and the World Union of Documentary * Describes styles, techniques, and technical issues such as animation, computer imaging, editing techniques, IMAX, music, and spoken commentary Bringing together all aspects of documentary film, this accessible concise edition provides an invaluable resource for both scholars and students. With film stills from key films, this resource provides the decisive entry point into the history of an art form.

  10. Online Resources 4 items
    1. MediaPlus | Jisc

      Webpage  More than 100,000 videos, images, and sound recordings delivered to the UK further education and higher education community, in association with Alexander Street, a ProQuest company.

    2. Film Indexes Online Home Page

      Webpage Further Film Indexes Online brings Film Index International, FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals and AFI Catalog together in one site. The result of distinguished partnerships with the British Film Institute (BFI), the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the American Film Institute (AFI), these three databases are cornerstone resources for research in film. Searched together, they offer an unparalleled level of detail, and as companion sites they provide the most comprehensive and trustworthy coverage of films available

    3. BFI Screenonline

      Website Further BFI Screenonline is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive, and several hours of recorded interviews with film and TV personalities. These clips are supplemented by rich and authoritative contextual material by expert writers, specially commissioned for BFI Screenonline alongside thousands of stills, posters and press books. The site also features the BFI Screenonline Education Zone, a free resource to help all subject teachers make the most out of moving image in the classroom.

    4. Prelinger Archives : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

      Webpage Further Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 5,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and over 2,800 key titles (now in the process of increasing to over 5,000) are available via the link to the left.

  11. Full-length Movies 18 items
    1. Britain in World War II 18 items
      1. In Which We Serve (1942) Sunday, 20 Jan 2013

        Audio-visual document  The story of a ship from its construction to its participation at Dunkirk and its sinking in the Battle of Crete. As the ship goes down, the crew remember their loved ones. [B&W, 1942] [S]

      2. Night Train to Munich (1940) Friday, 9 Feb 2007

        Audio-visual document  Fast-moving World War II spy thriller in which a British secret agent goes undercover in Germany to rescue a Czech inventor and his daughter from their Nazi kidnappers

      3. A Canterbury Tale (1944) Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007

        Audio-visual document  Drama set in a small Kent village during the Second World War, featuring four modern pilgrims. A man takes it upon himself to pour glue into local girls’ hair during blackouts if he sees them dating GIs. A visiting land-girl from London, a British tank sergeant and a GI all try to discover his identity and all experience a minor miracle

      4. Henry V (1945) Sunday, 24 Jun 2012

        Audio-visual document  A rich re-telling of the story of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth as he changes from an overindulgent youngster to a powerful leader, including a performance from the Globe. His ability as a soldier is tested and he calms troublesome units of the British army and goes on to conquer the French

      5. Millions like Us (1943) Wednesday, 15 May 2013

        Audio-visual document  A vivid and realistic portrait of an ordinary British family during the early years of the Second World War. The father joins the Home Guard, the son is sent overseas with the army and his three daughters go to work - the youngest gets her first job in a factory, and has to move to a hostel. It is here that she makes friends with women from different walks of life before finding romance with a shy Scottish airman

      6. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) Sunday, 15 Feb 2009

        Audio-visual document  At the height of World War II, an RAF bomber fails to return from a raid on Stuttgart. Six of the crew manage to bail out over occupied Holland and - pursued by the Nazis but aided by Dutch civilians - attempt to reach the Channel coast.

      7. Pimpernel Smith (1941) Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012

        Audio-visual document  A wartime version of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, in which the eponymous hero poses as an absent-minded professor doing research in Germany to disguise the fact that he is rescuing potential victims of the Nazis. Director Leslie Howard.

      8. The Gentle Sex (1943) Monday, 2 Jul 2012

        Audio-visual document  Enjoyable World War II propaganda vehicle charting the funny, and sometimes heroic experiences of seven women who join Britain's female army, the ATS.

      9. The Stars Look Down (1939) Saturday, 7 Dec 2013

        Audio-visual document  Classic drama, based on AJ Cronin’s novel, about an idealistic Welsh coal miner’s son who uses his education to fight against dangerous working conditions. The young man makes a stand when he discovers lives are at risk, and also finds himself fighting to save his marriage.

      10. The Way Ahead (1944) Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011

        Audio-visual document  Action-adventure drama set in World War II showing how civilian recruits come together to form spirited fighting units. The unit boards a troopship bound for North Africa, which is torpedoed with the loss of half the crew. The rest of the men are stationed in a village in Tunisia where, rejecting calls to surrender, they are subjected to German mortar attack. Semi-documentary, originally intended as a training film

      11. This Happy Breed (1944) Monday, 28 Jan 2013

        Audio-visual document  Domestic drama which follows the ups and downs of a British working-class family between the two World Wars. The story follows the family from the day they move into their terraced house to the day they move out, through family feuds, the General Strike, tragedy and joy. Adapted from the play by Noel Coward

      12. Went the Day Well? (1944) Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012

        Audio-visual document  WWII thriller about a unit of German paratroopers who attempt to invade an English country hamlet. The local squire sides with the enemy, but they find quelling the villagers a more difficult task.

      13. We Dive at Dawn (1943) Saturday, 1 Apr 2017

        Audio-visual document  World War II drama about a mission to hunt and destroy a dangerous German battleship in the Baltic, which goes wrong when the British submarine Sea Tiger runs short on fuel. A crew member with a flair for the German language is forced to disembark on an enemy-occupied Danish island.

      14. Lifeboat (1944) Monday, 16 Jan 2017

        Audio-visual document  Thrilling drama about a passenger-carrying freighter which is sunk by a German U-boat during World War II. The survivors include a self-centred fashion writer, a business tycoon and a grieving mother, all cast adrift in a lifeboat on the stormy seas. But their chances of survival are hampered by an enemy aboard - a single-minded Nazi whom they benevolently picked up along the way. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

      15. Dangerous Moonlight (1941) Saturday, 15 Aug 2015

        Audio-visual document  Romantic war drama about a concert pianist who gives up music to join his countrymen in the Polish squadron of the Royal Air Force during World War II. But when he suffers amnesia after being badly injured in a crash, he must struggle to piece his life together again. Featuring Richard Addinsell's famous Warsaw Concerto.

      16. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Sunday, 23 Nov 2014

        Audio-visual document  A classic British epic about the life and loves of a reactionary army officer, Clive Candy VC, told episodically in flashback. From his dashing career in the Boer War of 1902, the film follows Candy through marriage during the First World War to the Blitz of 1943, when he searches London for his lost youth and loves. Winston Churchill banned the film's export during WWII, deeming it bad propaganda.

      17. The Way to the Stars

        Audio-visual document  Psychological drama set in the early, tense stages of World War II, which focuses on the personal relationships forming in and around a British airfield and how they are affected after an American squadron moves in.

      18. San Demetrio London (1947) Saturday, 30 Apr 2016

        Audio-visual document  World War II drama based on a true story. The tanker San Demetrio struggles to deliver its cargo of aviation fuel to England during the Battle of the Atlantic.

  12. Miscellaneous Curiosities 1 item
    1. Oh, Mr Porter! (1937) Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011

      Audio-visual document  Pre-dates WWII, but I love Will Hay. This one's also interesting as he's up against the IRA. In 1937! Comedy in which a bungling railway worker is given the job of stationmaster at a rundown station in rural Ireland, where his sidekicks are a toothless old gaffer and a portly young loudmouth. Hilarious adventures ensue, including a locomotive chase after gunrunners make off with a train.

  13. Soviet Cinema 2 items
    1. Battleship Potemkin (1925) Thursday, 13 Sep 2012

      Audio-visual document  This landmark of Russian cinema documents an incident in 1905 when the crew of the Battleship Potemkin mutinied rather than eat rotting food. They were supported by civilians, who were mown down by government troops. The massacre on the Odessa Steps is one of the most memorable and exciting sequences in all cinema, and the rapid montage style remains breathtaking.

    2. Three Songs about Lenin

      Audio-visual document 

  14. USA in World War II 19 items
    1. Bataan (1943) Thursday, 16 Aug 2012

      Audio-visual document  Uncompromising WWII drama portraying the brutal realities of hand-to-hand combat. In a desperate rearguard action, a diminishing band of American and Filipino soldiers tries to delay the advancing Japanese on the Bataan peninsula. When his captain is killed, a sergeant assumes command and holds together a disparate bunch, including a naive all-American boy, a soldier wanted on a stabbing charge and a pilot without a plane.

    2. Casablanca (1942) Friday, 13 Apr 2012

      Audio-visual document  Romantic wartime drama. As World War II rages in Europe, a laconic American nightclub owner living in Morocco finds his life turned upside down when the woman he once loved reappears in his life with a husband who is on the run from the Nazis. As passion reignites between the former lovers, the expatriate must decide whether to flee with his beloved or to send her away with her new love, who is of vital importance to the Allied war effort. Considered to be one of the all-time Hollywood greats, Michael Curtiz’s Oscar winning film features a screenplay that combines romance, adventure, comedy and intrigue, alongside the classic tune, As Time Goes By.

    3. The Cross of Lorraine (1943) Saturday, 24 Nov 2012

      Audio-visual document  Powerful war drama about two French soldiers who surrender to the enemy in the hope that they will be released, but instead become prisoners of war fighting to survive the horrors of a concentration camp under the thumb of a crazed Nazi sergeant.

    4. Days of Glory (1944) Saturday, 6 Jul 2013

      Audio-visual document  War drama about a band of Russian guerrillas fighting the Nazis during World War II. After rescuing a Nina, a ballerina stranded behind the German lines, romance develops between her and the fighters’ leader, Vladimir - a young Gregory Peck starring in his debut role.

    5. Foreign Correspondent (1940) Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009

      Audio-visual document  Classic espionage thriller about an American crime reporter who gets caught up with the Nazis and fifth columnists in pre-war Europe. Johnny Jones finds himself reassigned as his newspaper's foreign correspondent, with special instructions to find the most provocative political stories, but when a Dutch diplomat is shot dead in front of him, Jones sets off on a trail of intrigue and murder.

    6. Guadalcanal Diary (1943) Monday, 3 Dec 2012

      Audio-visual document  A hard-hitting and moving World War II action film, based on the true story of the Marines’ invasion of the Solomon Islands. It focuses on one group of marines as they hit the beaches in 1942 and tells how they cope with the horrors of war. The film, shot in California, proved effective propaganda by depicting an American success in the Pacific.

    7. Mrs. Miniver (1942) Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014

      Audio-visual document  Multi-Oscar-winning look at life in a small English village during World War II. The outbreak of war ends the quiet village life enjoyed by the Miniver family, but the coming months bring their share of joy as well as heartache.

    8. To Have and Have Not (1944) Saturday, 15 Sep 2007

      Audio-visual document  Wartime adventure drama about an opportunistic American skipper in Nazi-occupied Martinique who is drawn into the conflict when he falls for an attractive Resistance fighter. To help her return to America, he agrees to make a dangerous run. A stylish and witty film with some classic, sultry love scenes. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner collaborated on the screenplay.

    9. This Land Is Mine (1943) Saturday, 20 Feb 2016

      Audio-visual document  World War II drama. A mild-mannered schoolteacher who has lived quietly with his mother under German occupation decides that he must make a stand.

    10. Tender Comrade (1943) Sunday, 13 Jul 2014

      Audio-visual document  Morale-boosting World War II drama in which a grieving mother-to-be moves in with three close friends to cushion the emotional blows of the war while their husbands are away fighting.

    11. None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Sunday, 20 Jan 2013

      Audio-visual document  Downbeat drama about a cockney drifter who is tempted into crime. Family tragedy and impending war finally offer him the chance to redeem himself in this transatlantic view of poverty in London’s East End on the eve of World War II. Based on a novel by Richard Llewellyn. Ethel Barrymore won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

    12. Edge of Darkness (1943) Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012

      Audio-visual document  World War II drama about a brave Norwegian fisherman who leads the local resistance into battle against the occupying Nazi forces in his port. The events leading up to a bloody shoot-out, involving several moving intertwined stories, are chronicled.

    13. Air Force (1943) Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014

      Audio-visual document  Howard Hawks's sabre-rattling World War II drama about the crew of an American B-17 who find themselves caught up in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and see action at Wake Island, the Philippines and at the Battle of the Coral Sea.

    14. Action in the North Atlantic (1943) Thursday, 20 Nov 2014

      Audio-visual document  World War II drama in which an American merchant navy crew see action aplenty in the Atlantic as they struggle to get vital cargoes to Russia along the only supply route between the free world and its Soviet allies.

    15. Objective, Burma! (1945) Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013

      Audio-visual document  Stirring World War II drama in which a group of American paratroopers launch an attack on a Japanese radar station in Burma. Very controversial in the UK as it ignores Britain's contribution to liberation of Burma, but better known nowadays for its sharply racist anti-Japanese sentiments. Errol Flynn does a bit of actin'.

    16. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress : First Motion Picture Unit of the U.S. Army Air Corps : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

      Webpage  This film is a war documentary produced by one of the "Hollywood Colonels," William Wyler, who joined the Air Force Film unit and recorded the sights and sounds of the last mission of a B-17 bomber known as the Memphis Belle, named after the girlfriend of the pilot. Inspiration for a corny and unlikely melodrama of the same name.

    17. The Navy Way : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

      Webpage  The experiences of a disparate group of young men as they make their way through Navy boot camp.

    18. Nurse Edith Cavell : Herbert Wilcox : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

      Webpage  American movie (1939) by British Director Herbert Wilcox, telling the story of the British nurse executed by the Germans in World War II.

    19. Blood on the Sun (1945) Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010

      Audio-visual document  Factually based action drama about an American journalist in prewar Japan who uncovers evidence of the country’s military ambitions. When he investigates the deaths of two fellow journalists, he discovers that they were killed while trying to abscond with a secret document revealing Japan’s plans to invade several neighbouring countries.

  15. Germany 1 item
    1. Triumph of the Will (1934) Sunday, 1 May 2005

      Audio-visual document  Documentary made at the behest of the Nazi regime depicting events such as the 1934 Nuremberg Rally and the arrival of Hitler. Although director Leni Riefenstahl claimed it was not a propaganda film, the rally was shaped into a mythic spectacle with the Fuhrer as the Wagnerian hero, his head haloed in sunlight.

  16. Cold War 10 items
    1. Big Jim McLain (1952) Saturday, 25 Feb 2017

      Audio-visual document  Spy drama in which two investigators for the House Un-American Activities Committee are ordered to ferret out communist activists in Honolulu. In the course of their enquiries, one of them becomes romantically involved with the secretary of a doctor who has fallen under suspicion. Features members of the House Unamerican Activities Committee playing themselves.

    2. The Green Berets (1968) Saturday, 26 Dec 2015

      Audio-visual document  A guts-and-glory salute to US troops in the Vietnam War. A tough colonel and his regiment have the task of holding a hilltop position against the Vietcong. The cost is high, but the colonel’s unflinching belief that his country is in the right inspires his men to feats of bravery.

    3. The Red Menace

      Audio-visual document 

    4. The Big Lift : William Perlberg : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

      Webpage  Story of two USAF buddies in the Berlin Airlift. Filmed in still-ruined post-war Berlin with very interesting sub-plot, as one of the Yanks tries to explain democracy to his German girlfriend.

    5. Communism

      Webpage  Anti-communist short from about 1966. U.S. Department of Defense, Armed Forces Information and Education.

    6. Communism : Hearst Metrotone News, Inc. :

      Webpage  Another slightly longer one, also from about 1966, from the Armed Forces Information and Education Department.

    7. Price of Liberty, The

      Webpage  US Department of Defense, late 1950s. Basically explaining why it's necessary to pay your taxes to secure your freedom from communist agression.

    8. Our Cities Must Fight

      Webpage  Archer Productions short for the US Federal Civil Defense Administration. Calls on Americans to stay in their cities in the event of a nuclear war, which is quite survivable so long as you've got the guts. Well, have you got the guts?