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Words for Battle (1941)

Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, and William Blake, and excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, all read by Laurence Olivier, illuminate documentary footage ... See full summary »

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Humphrey Jennings (uncredited)
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Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, and William Blake, and excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, all read by Laurence Olivier, illuminate documentary footage of England during its defense against the Nazi blitz in World War II. This short film serves as both propaganda and as a rallying cry to the British people. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1941 (UK) See more »

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Sanoja taisteluun See more »

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Crown Film Unit See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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An Odd Propaganda Piece
3 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, and William Blake, and excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, all read by Laurence Olivier, illuminate documentary footage of England during its defense against the Nazi blitz in World War II. This short film serves as both propaganda and as a rallying cry to the British people.

What can one say about this? It is a noted thespian speaking classic poetry over scenes of England. How does one critique such a thing? While it certainly has its historical value, I am not entirely clear if it is impressive or not. I mean, the audio could have been recorded 100 times until it was done right...


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