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American Revolutionary War
American Civil War
Spanish American War
World War I
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Area Studies videographies
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International Terrorism videography
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General and Miscellaneous

Army of One
A documentary following the lives of three young people who joined the U.S. Army in the wake of 9/11. In stark contrast to the portraits of willing patriotic soldiers that America sells at home and abroad, these recruits' stories reveal the more realistic, troubled conflict of American youth trapped within a military mission much larger than themselves. 2003. 71 min. A film by Sarah Goodman DVD 1704

Basic Training (1971)
Filmed at Fort Knox in 1970, this documentary follows a company of draftees and enlisted men through the Army basic training program, showing the transition from civilians to soldiers. A film by Frederick Wiseman. c1971. 90 min. DVD X7232; Video/C MM509

The Battle of Glorieta Pass.
Using commentary from diaries and journals of Civil War participants film reviews the military strategy and events surrounding the Battle of Glorieta Pass during the New Mexico Civil War campaign of 1862. Video/C 2868

Before you Enlist!: The Real Deal on Joining the Military
Through interviews with American veterans, this documentary provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. The message is not "don't enlist" but rather seeks to provide young people and their families with a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military. Produced by Telequest, Inc. with support from the American Friends Service Committee and Veterans for Peace. 2006. 14 min. DVD 6539

Bulletproof Salesman
In a career spanning two decades of global turmoil, Fidelis Cloer, a self-proclaimed war profiteer, has supplied kings, presidents, and dictators with the finest armored vehicles that money can buy. In his world, where security is a commodity, violence and war present sales opportunities just as rain sells umbrellas. Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Cloer sold thousands of his hand-crafted armored vehicles. But as the war evolved, and armor-defeating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) proliferated, Cloer found himself engaged in an arms race with insurgents who upped their explosives ante to defeat his increasingly higher (and more expensive) levels of armor. Directors, Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker. 2008. 14 min. DVD X3196

Car Bomb: A History of the Deadliest Weapon of the Century
Forget about nuclear missiles, the decisive weapon of the twentieth century is the car bomb. We now know you can defeat a superpower, start a civil war, or just blow up your own government with a trunkload of homemade explosives and a battered old car. From the Middle East to Oklahoma, Afghanistan, and most recently New York's Times Square, the car bomb has shaped human conflict. Ex-CIA agent Robert Baer uncovers the history of this extraordinary weapon. Includes shocking footage of car bomb attacks and penetrating interviews with car bombers. Directed by Kevin Toolis. 2010. 102 min. DVD X5224

A Child's Century of War
From the perspective of children, takes the viewer on a journey through the past century, examining the way in which modern wars have increasingly threatened and targeted children. Three contemporary conflicts are at the heart of the film. Telling their stories in their own voices, we hear from orphans of the two recent Chechen wars, from children in Hebron on the West Bank and from the abducted, raped and amputated children of Sierra Leone. c2001. 90 min. Video/C 9452

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An extensive series of lectures about international affairs given on the U.C. Berkeley campus in conjuction with the Institute of International Studies. Listed below are partial holdings for this series. For additional information, see the OskiCat online catalogs.
#3: The Nuclear arms race with Herbert York & John Holdren. Video/C 621
#10: Can nuclear war be controlled? with Desmond Ball & Gene Rochlin. Video/C 628.
#18: The Problems and prospects for international peace-keeping efforts with Indart Rikhye. Video/ 636.
#21: The Peace movement in historical perspective with Linus Pauling. Video/C 639.
#22: The Arms race, arms control, and peace studies with George Rathjens & Gene Rochlin. Video/C 640.
#24: Germany and the Euro-missiles with Josef Joffe & Kenneth N. Waltz. Video/C 642.
#28: Reflections on a career in diplomacy with Sir David Hunt & Leslie Lipson. Video/C 646.
#43: Our nuclear dilemma with Freeman Dyson. Video/C 1317.
#45: The Quest for peace with Norman Cousins. Video/C 1318.
#46: The European peace movement with Petra K. Kelly & General Gert Bastian. Video/C 1318.
#47: Europe and the nuclear arms race with David Owen & Prof. Thomas Barnes. Video/C 1319.
#48: Diplomacy, the nuclear arms race, and East-West relations with Lord Peter Carrington & Ernst B. Haas. Video/C 1319.
#49 Prospects for arms control with Paul Warnke & John Holdren. Video/C 1320.
#60: The Peace process in the Middle East with Alfred Atherton, Video/C 1321.
#62 Peace movements, peace research and the peace process : A Conversation with John Kenneth Galbraith. Video/C 1565
#63: Peace movements, peace research and the peace process with Elise Boulding. Video/C 1565.
#69: The Star Wars debate with Richard Garwin. Video/C 1563.
#70 Strategy and nuclear weapons, with Colin Gray. Video/C 1566
#86: Reminiscences from a career in science national security and the university, with Herbert F. York. Video/C 1569.

Cyber War!
The Slammer hit on Super Bowl Sunday. Nimda struck one week after 9/11. Code Red had ripped through the system that summer. Moonlight Maze moved from the Russian Academy of Science and into the U.S. Department of Defense. A new form of warfare has broken out and the battleground is cyberspace. With weapons like embedded malicious code, probes and pings, there are surgical strikes, reverse neutron bombs, and the potential for massive assaults aimed directly at America's infrastructure -- the power grid, the water supply, the complex air traffic control system, and the nation's railroads. Thie film investigates just how real the threat of war in cyberspace is and reveals what the White House knows that the rest of us don't. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. c2003. 60 min. DVD 4476

The Different Drummer.
Using rare photographs, archival footage, and interviews with Black military personnel, tells of the importance of Black soldiers from the Civil War to World War I. 58 min. DVD 4959 (preservation copy); also vhs Video/C 1010

Spans a dozen countries to look at how, despite a global ban, millions of antipersonnel mines continue to claim victims daily around the world ... Juxtaposes government and public opinion, [including] that of outspoken Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, mine victims, deminers, soldiers, and aid workers, to explore the issues that both hinder and further the case against land mines. Filmed in Afghanistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Bosnia & Herzgovina, Burundi, Colombia, Iraq, Thailand, Burma & the United States. Director, Brian Liu. 2004. Theatrical version (68 min.) -- TV edit version (53 min.). DVD X5516

Executive Outcomes: The War Business
Tells the story of ferocious battles of the private army of mercenaries, Executive Outcomes, on hire to governments and multinational companies whose investments are being strangled by war. Looks at the battles in Angola, and Sierra Leone for blood diamonds ... of the Executive Outcomes PR machine at the world's biggest arms fair in Abu Dhabi and in discreet Pretoria houses back home in South Africa ... of the apartheid killers who put down rebel insurgencies at the behest of British military men ... of the recent crisis of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, where Executive Outcomes mercenaries are kicked out of the country and the government brought down ... of men who killed and of those they fought. A film by Mark Stucke. 1997. 52 min. DVD 9911

Faces of the Enemy.
Discusses the uses of propaganda to dehumanize and depersonalize "the enemy." 58 min. Video/C 1023

First Kill
Documentary about the line between good and evil, focusing on the contradictory emotions that war evokes, such as terror and anger, but also seduction, fascination and excitement. Includes interviews with journalist and author Michael Herr, war photographer Eddie Adams, and other Vietnam veterans. They discuss their aversion and attraction to war and killing. These interviews are juxtaposed with scenes from the war and images of young Vietnamese and foreigners in present day Vietnam who continue to show a fascination with the war and its memory as they tour former battlefields. Directed by Coco Schrijber. 2001. 54 min. Video/C 9769

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Five Days to Change the World
This documentary about the recent Hague Appeal for Peace and Justice focuses on a group of young people at the world's largest peace conference as they create their own agenda for peace in the 21st century. Includes speeches and interviews with activists, young and old, who devise concrete steps aimed at stopping war and the use of child soldiers, land mines, the trade in small arms, nuclear weapons, and the institution of a permanent international criminal court, peace education, and reducing debt by poor countries. Archival footage places these issues in historic context. Richter Productions, c2001. 57 min. Video/C 9008

Fog of War
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. Produced & directed by Errol Morris. 2003. 107 min. DVD 2687

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Fog of War (Conversation with Robert McNamara and Errol Morris)
Motion picture producer and director Errol Morris and former Sec. of Defense Robert S. McNamara discuss issues revealed in the film Fog of war which presents a look at McNamara's political career and views during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on November 4, 2004. 72 min. Video/C MM79

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For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
This television miniseries uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women since the earliest days of the republic. The story spans the American Revolution to the Civil War, from the World Wars to present day fighting in Afghanistan, and examines why, despite enormous injustice, these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves did not enjoy. Contetns: Disc 1. (115 min.). The Revolution through World War II -- Disc 2. (116 min.). World War II through President Obama -- Disc 3. Bonus material (ca. 307 min.). For love of liberty, abridged version (47 min.) ; For love of liberty : stories of Black patriots in the Civil War (35 min.) ; Archive material (ca. 180 min.) ; Photomontages (ca. 45 min.). Directed by Frank Martin. c2009. 538 min. DVD X5697

Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
Written, produced and directed by Steve York, 2000.

Nashville: We were Warriors In Fall 1959, James Lawson offered free evening classes on nonviolent action to university students in Nashville with the goal of training and preparing them to desegregate the city's business district. Lawson had spent three years in India learning about Mohandas Gandhi. Now he guided his students in a study of both the history and practice of nonviolent methods--to prepare them for their "sit-ins" at downtown stores. Lawson's guidance helps the students endure the beatings and arrests, and lead a boycott, as they bring their stuggle for civil rights to the steps of Nashville City Hall and ultimately to the forefront of national attention. 33 min. DVD 1951; also VHS Video/C 7372

India: Defying the Crown In 1930, Indian nationalists were impatient with British foot-dragging on promises to move India toward self-rule, and appointed Mohandas Gandhi to lead "the final struggle for freedom." Relying on nonviolent methods he developed in South Africa, Gandhi empowered millons who followed his example and his campaign of civil disobedience swept the country, forcing the British to admit that their regime was losing control. 2000. 30 min. DVD 1952; also VHS Video/C 7373

South Africa: Freedom in Our Lifetime. In South Africa a black "uprising" against the injustice of apartheid began in 1984. Many young blacks knew they could not win by violent force. Instead they organized at the grassroots-taking control of their own townships and making their grievances known to the white population. By withholding their buying power, the black population drove a wedge between the white business community and the apartheid regime. A nationwide state of emergency was imposed and continued for three years. In 1989, a new president F. W. De Klerk, released Nelson Mandela and negotiated a new constitution, which guaranteed equal rights for all South Africans. 33 min. DVD 1953; also VHS Video/C 7374

Denmark: Living with the Enemy. When Adolf Hitler's forces invaded Denmark on April 9, 1940, the Danish government knew that a military response would be suicidal for Denmark's small armed forces. Danish leaders decided to adopt a strategy of resistance disguised as collaboration. By delaying and obstructing German operations, Danes systematically undermined the invaders' objectives. In the end, Denmark did not defeat Germany, but it survived and it contributed more to the war effort through nonviolent resistance than Danish arms could ever have achieved. 30 min. DVD 1954; also VHS Video/C 7375

Poland: We've Caught God by the Arm. In August, 1980, workers at the Gdansk shipyard went on strike. Lech Walesa was the chief negotiator for the workers, who avoided the mistakes of earlier strikes by maintaining strict nonviolent discipline--and by occupying their shipyard, to deter a violent crackdown by authorities. The strike quickly spread throughout the country and a new union was born named "Solidarity." The government imposed martial law and banned the union which continued its work underground until 1989 when it re-emerged as a revitalized political force, and won decisively in Poland's first free elections in 60 years. 31 min. DVD 1955; also VHS Video/C 7376

Chile: Defeat of a Dictator General Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile in a 1973 military coup and banned political parties, closed newspapers, and spread fear throughout the country as disappearances, torture and imprisonment became common. In 1983, an economic crisis pushed many Chileans to oppose the dictator for the first time. Copper miners called for a nonviolent national protest day against Pinochet. Mainstream opposition parties re-ermerged after ten years and staged frequent non-violent demonstrations. They realized that the constitution Pinochet wrote in 1980 called for a plebicite--a chance for people to vote yes or no on another eight years of military rule. Pinochet had always assumed he would win but the opposition ran a bold, future-oriented "NO" campaign and in 1988 Pinochet was voted out. 34 min. DVD 1956; also VHS Video/C 7377

The Fourth World War
While American airwaves are crowded with talk of a new world war, the human face of war is rarely seen. This documentary weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground - from the front lines of struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, 'the North' from Seattle to Genova, and the 'War on Terror' in New York and Iraq. Spanning five continents, filming took over two years to document the story of how men and women are working to resist getting caught up in the current global conflict. [Cambridge, MA]: Big Noise Films, 2004. 76 min. DVD 2997

The French Foreign Legion: The World's Most Legendary Fighting Force
Established in 1831, the French Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère) is a unique unit of the French Army specifically created for foreign volunteers, to be commanded by French officers. This documentary presents a history of the Legion interspersed with present day experiences by two Legion veterans. Features archival film footage with commentary by former members of the Légion étrangère and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 28 min. DVD X235

The Genocide Factor
Originally produced in 2001. 57 min. each installment.

Genocide, From Biblical Times Through the Ages. In this program a variety of experts analyze Biblical accounts and some of the earliest documented examples of genocide, as in the Athenian siege of Melos in 416 B.C., to explore the psychology that motivates such violence. This grim survey looks at the extermination of Tasmanians, Native Americans, Namibia's Herero tribe, and the Armenians. DVD 4507

Genocide in the First Half of the 20th Century. State-sanctioned violence has always existed, but technological advances have facilitated its use as a viable means of exerting political power. This program ... focuses on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, Stalin's forced Ukrainian famine, the Japanese Rape of Nanking, and the Holocaust. A host of survivors, experts, and scholars are interviewed. DVD 4485

Never Again?: Genocide Since the Holocaust. After the atrocities of World War II, the cry of conscience was "never again!" As this program demonstrates, that bitterly learned injunction went unheeded throughout much of the world. The chronicle of genocide continues with a look at Mao's purges in China, Cambodia under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, the Arab/Israeli conflict, border wars in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and killing in Central America. Video/C 8744

Genocide: The Horror Continues. The late 20th century produced a sinister euphemism: 'ethnic cleansing.' This program presents a comprehensive survey of genocide by looking at the most recent examples in Iraq, Iran, and Turkey; Burundi and Rwanda; the former Yugoslavia; Indonesia and East Timor; and Chechnya. The role and efforts of the United Nations are discussed as well as what the future holds in trying to prevent genocide. Video/C 8745

Good Times, Wonderful Times
A semi-documentary on the senseless brutality of war and the folly of rationalized indifference to human suffering. Unscripted chatter on sex, war and politics at a London cocktail party is intercut with scenes from World War I and World War II footage, including the Warsaw ghetto, concentration camps, the training of Hitler Youth and Hiroshima. Directed by Lionel Rogosin. 1965. 67 min. DVD X4117

Human Terrain
Human Terrain' is two stories in one. The first exposes the U.S. effort to enlist the best and the brightest of American universities in a struggle for the hearts and minds of its enemies.... The other story is about a brilliant young scholar who leaves the university to join a Human Terrain team. After working as a humanitarian activist and winning a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford, Michael Bhatia returned to Brown University to conduct research on military cultural awareness. A year later, he left to become embed as a Human Terrain member with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. On May 7, 2008, en route to mediate an inter-tribal dispute, his Humvee hit a roadside bomb and Bhatia was killed along with two other soldiers. Asking what happens when war becomes academic and academics go to war, the two stories merge in tragedy. Directed by David Udris, James Der Derian and Michael Udris. 85-min. version and 57-min. version (also with bleeped option). c2010. DVD X5102

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Inside America's Empire
The challenge of terrorism is likely to last for generations, and in a war without definable geographic borders or clear-cut victories, the threat may crop up anywhere. This documentary illuminates how the U.S. military is confronting this complicated challenge in unexpected and innovative ways, as chronicled by military correspondent Robert D. Kaplan of The Atlantic. Kaplan takes viewers to the Philippines, Mali, Colombia and the Republic of Georgia to meet the commanders and grunts on the ground who are waging the war on terror, often acting more as humanitarians than as warriors. Kaplan makes the case that this engagement with the peoples and cultures of the world -- offering logistical support, humanitarian aid and weapons training -- is integral to America's security and future prosperity. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads. 2007. 60 min. DVD X977

Instant-mix Imperial Democracy: Buy One, Get One Free
"Two talks by Arundhati Roy, in conversation with Howard Zinn." In Instant-mix imperial democracy Arundhati Roy challenges Americans to reclaim democracy and resist the U.S. war machine and engages in a discussion with Howard Zinn. In Come September (delivered one year after the 9/11 attacks), Roy speaks about the U.S. government's war on terror, globalization, and the misuses of nationalism with commentary by Howard Zinn. Presented in New York City at the Riverside Church, May 13, 2003; Come September filmed at Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 18, 2002. 210 min. DVD X625

The Language of War.
Examines the government and military language used to discuss military actions and plans. 29 min. Video/C 2558

The New Patriots
Five U.S. military veterans, including a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and a female West Point graduate, speak out about terrorism, patriotism, and their transformation from warriors to peace activists. A veteran reminds us that the lives of the tens of thousands of people killed by SOA- and WHISC-trained terrorists in Latin America are no less precious than the thousands who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States. Richter Productions, 2002. 18 min. Video/C 9595

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Love Amid the Ruins: Quaker Service After the War (In Trummern Liebe: Quakerhilfe nach dem Krieg)
Tells the story of post-World War II Quaker relief work through German eyes. Also covers feeding programs after World War I and rescue efforts for Jews during WWII. The voices on the film include Germans who remember Quaker work, former volunteers from the U.S and England, and a man who escaped wartime Europe as a boy with the help of the American Friends Service Committee. English language version of a documentary originally released by ZDF, German Public Television. A film by Ingo Witt. 1996. 30 min. Video/C MM1107

The Media and the Images of War
Do violent images in movies and on TV provoke real violence? Movies and television have helped transmit from generation to generation a series of myths about war, peace, weapons and the use of force. The impact of such values are explored in this program. First broadcast as a segment of the television series: America's defense monitor on July 7, 1995. 29 min. Video/C MM916

Militainment, Inc.: Militarism and Pop Culture
A fascinating, disturbing, and timely glimpse into the militarization of American popular culture, examining how U.S. news coverage has come to resemble Hollywood film, video games, and 'reality television' in its glamorization of war. Mobilizing an astonishing range of media examples -- from news anchors' idolatry of military machinery to the impact of government propaganda on war reporting -- the film asks: How has war taken its place in the culture as an entertainment spectacle? And how does presenting war as entertainment affect the ability of citizens to evaluate the necessity and real human costs of military action? Contents: Introduction -- Spectacle -- Clean war -- Techno-fetishism -- Demonization -- Reality TV -- Sports -- Toys -- Video games -- Dissent -- Outro. Written and produced by Roger Stahl. 2007. 124 min. DVD X762

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New American Solidier
Follows three immigrant soldiers through training and deployment, as they take steps towards US citizenship. Examines two of the most debated issues in US politics today: immigration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Filmed and edited by Emma Cott, Anna Belle Peevey. Produced in the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. 2009. 24 min. DVD X4620

No More War. Inside Red China. Committee on Un-American Activities
No More War: Film of the speech "No more Hiroshimas" by Dr. Linus Pauling and his wife in McArthur Park, Los Angeles, and a 1961 Los Angeles peace demonstration (18 min.). Inside Red China: A documentary by the first American correspondent to film China under Communism. Examines China's culture, history, politics and the anti-American propaganda prevalent in China in the sixties. (Robert Cohen, 1957, 52 min.) Committee on House Un-American Activities: In 1960, the House Committee on Un-American activities produced a film "Operation Abolition," attacking its critics as disloyal. In 1962 Robert Cohen responded with a film questioning the activities of the Committee and, as a result, became an object of investigation himself. (Robert Cohen, 1963, 45 min.) Videocassette release of motion pictures originally produced in 1961, 1957 and 1963 respectively. 112 min. Video/C 6131

Origins of Human Aggression: The Other Story
Is human aggression a result of nature or nuture? Interviews with researchers from various fields shed light on the question. Startling footage of children acting out their aggressive impulses adds to this documentary that examines the complex factors that affect the socialization of aggressive behavior among humans. Biological, environmental and psychological components are addressed, and guidelines for the prevention of human violence are also provided. Directed by Jean-Pierre Maher. 2005. 50 min. Video/C MM931

Peace & Conflict Resolution. [Part 1].
First segment: Report on the 1995 Tomorrow's Leaders Conference held in Venice, Italy, and sponsored by Nobel Laureate, Eli Wiesel. Young people from Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States, join seasoned foreign diplomats in discussions about tolerance, dialogue and negotiations. Second segment: An interview with holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel, on the importance of dialogue. Third segment: A visit to elementary school PS 230 in Brooklyn, New York, where students learn conflict resolution techniques in an effort to prevent violence and promote tolerance.Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast June 21, 1995. Video/C 6727

Peace & Conflict Resolution. [Part 2].
A profile of three different programs which attempt to heal the conflicts in nations. First segment: Examines, through excerpts from the documentary film "Leap of faith," the creation of an integrated school of Catholics and Protestants established by parents in Northern Ireland to begin the process of religious and political reconciliation. Second segment: Investigates through excerpts from the film "Seeds of Peace," a unique summer camp in Maine, where young Israelis and Palestinians learn to understand each other and resolve differences constructively. Third segment: An interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its mandate to expose the crimes of apartheid and to promote reconciliation. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast June 19, 1996. Video/C 6736

Peace Works!
Presents ten different poems, performances and stories on the theme of peace and war. Performers: Thomas McGrath, Robert Bly, Joan Jubela, Libby Turner, Carol Bly, Susu Jeffrey, Thomas R. Smith, Mike Rivard, Mickey Chance, Roy McBride, Jim Northrup, Mike Hazard, Carol Masters. Produced by the Center for International Education, in association with the Minnesota Peace and Justice Coalition. Saint Paul, Minn.: Center for International Education, 1991. 30 min. Video/C 9700

The Power Game: The Pentagon (The Power Game; 2).
Based on the book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, by Hendrick Smith. Discusses the consequences at the Pentagon of power plays, service rivalry, career moves, coverups, pork barrel funding, whistle blowers, erroneous military test results, appropriations, etc. 58 min. Video/C 1334

Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within
This documentary explores the issue of sexual harrassment and rape of women in the United States military. The Pentagon has acknowledged receiving 3,000 reports of sexual mistreatment in one year alone. These female soldiers were not attacked by the Afghan or Iraqi "enemy," but by colleagues in their own platoons and sometimes by their own superior officers. Each year the number of reported sexual assaults has skyrocketed but not the number of convictions: only 2% of accused rapists are ever court-martialed. A film by Pascale Bourgaux. 2010. 29 min. DVD X4988

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Reporters at War: War, Lies, and Videotape
It is said that in war, truth is the first casualty. This program examines the often-times confrontational relationship between America's media and the U.S. military and how, from the Vietnam War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the two sides have tried to outwit and outthink eachother. Includes interviews with American journalists Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, and Peter Jennings and also with Jihad Ali Ballout, head of communications of Al Jazeera. 2003. 46 min. DVD 4098

Reporting America at War
Explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century--and beyond. From San Juan Hill to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Persian Gulf, tells the stories of the reporters who witnessed and wrote the news from the battlefield. Features profiles of such distinguished historical figures as Richard Harding Davis, Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle, Robert Capa, Martha Gellhorn and Homer Bigart as well as conversations with some of the most influential correspondents of our time. Dist.: PBS. c2004. 180 min. DVD 5852

Rumsfeld's War
With the United States Army deployed in a dozen hotspots around the world, on constant alert in Afghanistan, and taking casualties every day in Iraq, some current and former officers now say the army is on the verge of being "broken." They charge that the army is overstretched, demoralized and may be unable to fight where and when the nation desires. This program digs into the aggressive attempts to assert civilian control and remake the military by the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his allies. 90 min. DVD 3620

Selling of the Pentagon
Focuses on major areas of public relations activities of the Pentagon and questions the use of the taxpayers' dollars to provide extensive financial support for apparent propaganda purposes. Produced and written by Peter Davis. Originally presented as a segment on the television program CBS reports. 1971. 51 min. DVD 9385 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM361

Description of program from the Encyclopedia of Television

Rogers, Jimmie N. and Clevenger, Theodore, Jr. ""The Selling of the Pentagon": Was CBS The Fulbright Propaganda Machine?." Quarterly Journal of Speech 1971 57(3): 266-273.
Smith, F. Leslie. "Selling Of The Pentagon and the First Amendment." Journalism History 1975 2(1): 2-5, 14 5p

Say it LOUD! New Songs for Peace[Sound Recording]
Music composed by D. Gomez of the musical group Slowrider, and Bulldog of Aztlan Undergound ; mixed and produced by Mark Torres. "Drowning out the drums of war with the voices of reason." Presents new songs for peace in response to the revenge hysteria that went unchallenged after 9/11, with original music and beats set to historic audio clips of notable figures of the 20th century. 1. Ed Asner -- 2. I want all of my daughters to be like Maxine Waters / Maxine Waters ; National anthem / Dennis Kucinich. -- 3. Damn some money / Muhammad Ali -- 4. Bin Bush / Michael Moore -- 5. Father knows best / Gore Vidal -- 6. Problems have a history / Tariq Ali -- 7. Afrodiva / Angela Davis -- 8. Living in America / Fannie Lou Hamer -- 9. Gift / Thich Nhat Hanh -- 10. Silence of the media lambs / Greg Palast -- 11. Lily Tomlin -- 12. Stephen Rohde / Maxine Waters -- 13. Huey Newton -- 14. Dr. Helen Caldicott -- 15. Che Guevara, John Coltrane, Wounded Knee, George Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal -- 16. Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Adrienne Rich, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Angela Davis. -- 17. H. Rap Brown, Fannie Lou Hamer, Elijah Muhammad, Bayard Rustini, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Jean-Bertrand Aristide -- 18. Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, United Farm Workers, Voice from the Chicano Moratorium -- 19. Lily Tomlin. Pacifica Radio Archives. Sound/D 228

Shadow Company
This year thousands of private soldiers will be deployed in conflicts worldwide. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare. Shadow Company is the groundbreaking feature-length documentary that reveals the origins and destinations of these modern-day mercenaries. 2006. 86 min. DVD 6246

Soldier Girls.
A documentary that captures the military experiences of a group of young women who have enlisted in the U.S. Army. Focuses on the women as they go through basic training and make, what is in most cases, a painful adjustment to military life. Producers and directors, Nicholas Broomfield and Joan Churchill. 87 min. DVD 5339; Video/C 1132

A Soldier's Duty (Struggle for Democracy; 9).
Nations facing the threat of foreign military invasion or insurrection from within are often those where democracy is in its most fragile state. This program explores the situation in three countries where democracy has been at various times, under fire: Argentina, France and Israel. 57 min. Video/C 1894

Soldiers of Conscience
"When is it right to kill?" A documentary made with official permission from the U.S. Army, this film features interviews with a broad spectrum of soldiers and new footage of basic training and the war in Iraq as it examines soldiers' moral concerns about killing in war. Directed and produced by Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan. Special features (44 min.): 7 excerpts for discussion (34 min. total); radio interview with Weimberg (5 min.); poster gallery (14 images); 2 trailers (5 min. total). 2007. 54 min. DVD X800

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Stories from the War Zone: Modern Combat Journalism
This program takes a gritty look at how news gets reported from the world's front lines. It follows Neil Macdonald, a 27 year veteran of TV journalism, in his daily coverage of events in Israel as Middle East bureau chief for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While Macdonald discusses and demonstrates firsthand how to manage risk, deal with censorship, and meet ever-increasing demands for stories, other eminent journalists share their insights into combat reportage. Includes Morley Safer and Vietnam War correspondents Michael Maclear and Bill Cunningham. c2003. 55 min. DVD 3017

The Tillman Story
Pat Tillman chose to walk away from a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military for no other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do. Documented are the facts surrounding the way the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool and his family's crusade to reveal the truth. Director, Amir Bar-Lev. 2010. 95 min. DVD X5213

Gettelman, Elizabeth. "The Tillman Story" Mother Jones, Nov/Dec2010, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p70-70, 1/3p UC users only
Holden, Stephen. "When Heroism Means Finding Truth." New York Times, 8/20/2010, p1, 0p UC users only
Noh, David. "The Tillman Story" Film Journal International, Aug2010, Vol. 113 Issue 8, p69-69, 2/3p UC users only

Under Orders, Under Fire. (Ethics in America; 6,7).
Part I: Columbia University Seminars on Media. A panel of prominent Americans consider what course of action is demanded by loyalty to one's country. Each panelist is asked to respond to the following situation: You are the commander of a platoon under enemy fire and a soldier is trying to desert. What should you do? The panelists are also asked to discuss whether a soldier has the duty to follow orders no matter what. Video/C 1658. Part II: A panel of prominent Americans consider the ethics of confidentiality. Each panelist is asked to respond to the following situation: A chaplain hears a soldier's confession that the soldier was involved in a military atrocity. Is the chaplain required to keep this confidence? Or do the interests of military justice take precedence? Video/C 1659

Waging Peace: The Rise of Pacifism
A historical look at the development of the peace movement, pacifism and conscientious objection beginning during WWI, in which people in the U.S. and Europe tried to convince leaders of warring factions that war was senseless. The proponents of peace came to realize that it was not enough to simply fight war but to be successful one must "wage peace" through practical steps. Covers the "peace ship" of Henry Ford, and the influence of Frances Witherspoon, Mahatma Gandhi and Jessie Wallace Hughan in the development of nonviolent resistance. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 26 min. DVD X234

60 min. each segment. 1983.

The Road to Total War. Charts how the major social, economic and technological developments of the last 200 years have changed the methods and impact of modern warfare. Video/C 840; also vhs mm840

Anybody's Son Will Do Video/C 841

The Profession of Arms Profiles the professional soldier and includes interviews with career officers from Israeli, American, Soviet, and Canadian military forces. Video/C 842

The Deadly Game of Nations Explores reasons why national governments feel compelled to keep armies and to fight wars. Israeli and Palestinian struggles are used as a focus. DVD X3816 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 843

Keeping the Old Game Alive. A look at the annual war games excercises of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) combined forces with speculation about how the next world war might unfold. DVD X3817 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 844

Knife Edge of Deterrence. Political figures and military analysts discuss the strategy of deterrence; covers 1945 to the present. Video/C 856

Notes on Nuclear War. Follows the development of the nuclear arms race from Hiroshima to the nuclear stalemate of the present. The attempt is made to explain political doctrines and military strategies such as nuclear deterrence, mutual assured destruction, and limited nuclear war. Video/C 845

Goodbye War. Most wars start over a matter of principle, but the reality of war has little to do with justice. DVD X3818 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 846

War at a Distance (Erkennen und Verlagen)
With the aid of new and also unique archive material, Farocki sketches a picture of the relationship between military strategy and industrial production and shows how war technology finds its way into everyday use. Exploring the connections between machine-vision, violence, and capitalist production practices in the context of the Gulf War and the global economy, Farocki demonstrates that our naive anthropocentric notions of vision are obsolete in today's world. 2003. 83 min. DVD 6042

War Crimes
An exploration of the shaping of justice in times of war, through in-depth studies of history's most controversial trials. The film begins with an examination of the groundbreaking Nuremberg Trials and the impact they had on two other war crime trials, the disputed conviction of Lt. William Calley for the Vietnam My Lai Massacre and the trial of concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk. Originally broadcast in 1994 on the television program: American justice. 50 min. DVD 8603

War Crimes
An exploration of the shaping of justice in times of war, through in-depth studies of history's most controversial trials. The film begins with an examination of the groundbreaking Nuremberg Trials and the impact they had on two other war crime trials, the disputed conviction of Lt. William Calley for the Vietnam My Lai Massacre and the trial of concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk. 48 min. Video/C 5850

War Crimes
The first segment examines the establishment of the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal created to punish human rights abusers and how the Tribunal plans to deal with atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia. Includes interviews with members of Human Rights Watch, a human rights group, that supports rape victims in Bosnia. The second segment presents a musical piece by Croatian musician and human rights advocate, Nenad Bach. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 21, 1993. 27 min. Video/6688

War Crimes Tribunal
The UN voted to convene a war crimes tribunal to examine crimes against humanity in Bosnia/Herzegovina and other former Yugoslav republics. This segment investigates why a year later no investigations are underway. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 2, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6703

War Letters: Stories of Courage, Longing and Sacrifice
In every American conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, American military men and women have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of battle by writing letters home. Collecting 50,000 war letters, using the most compelling and enlightening of the missives and newly discovered home movies, this tells the story of American wars from the viewpoint of the men and women on the frontlines and those who waited at home. Based on Andrew Carroll's New York Times bestseller "War letters: extraordinary correspondence from American wars." Readers: Joan Allen, Jordan Bridges, Chris Gehrman, Mike Hagiwara, Gerald McRaney, Esai Morales, Edward Norton, Bill Paxton, David Hyde Pierce, Giovanni Ribisi, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Spacey, Eric Stoltz, Lawrence Turner, Courtney B. Vance. 2001. 60 min. DVD 5611

War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
An analysis of how governments bent on war-making have relied on a vast arsenal of propaganda techniques to overcome resistance at home and disapproval abroad ... Moving from Vietnam to Iraq, the film examines how news reports have become nearly indistinguishable from White House and Pentagon talking points, a problem that has become exacerbated by journalists who have grown accustomed to being fed information by official sources. Based on the book by Norman Solomon. written and directed by Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp. 73 min. c2007. DVD 7751

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

War Requiem
An extraordinarily powerful anti-war film using the emotional remembrances of an old World War I soldier combined with Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (opus 66) which was inspired by Wilfred Owen's poem and written for the reopening of war-ravaged Coventry Cathedral. Written & directed by Derek Jarman. 1988. 92 min. Video/C MM786
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The War You Don't See
Following his award-winning documentary The War on Democracy, John Pilger's new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war. The War You Don't See traces the history of `embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an `electronic battlefield'. But who is the real enemy today? Director & producer, Alan Lowery. 2010. 96 min. DVD X6817

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Wartorn, 1861-2010
Beginning with the first documented cases from the Civil War, the film examines occurrences of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through two World Wars and Vietnam, as well as more recent cases involving soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stories are told through soldiers' revealing letters and journals; photographs and combat footage; first-person interviews with veterans of WWII, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and interviews with family members of soldiers with PTSD. Directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent. Originally produced for television broadcast on HBO in 2010. 68 min. DVD X6530

We Have Ways of Making You Talk
The program examines the use of torture over the past half-century. It describes its horrific application in military and political settings and explores its profound human cost. Featuring interviews with confessed practitioners of the gruesome craft, the program exposes interrogation methods developed and carried out by French army officers against Algerian independence fighters, by British police against the IRA, by American troops against the Viet Cong, and other shocking occurrences in South America and South Africa. The employment of physical and psychological abuse as a weapon against guerilla and opposition groups parallels current dilemmas in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay. Directed by Kae Townsend. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 53 min. DVD 8697

What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy: The War Against the Third World
A compilation of video segments seeking to prove that "the Central Intelligence Agency, the military-industrial complex, the Pentagon, the multinational corporations, the media and the government of the United States are responsible for the deaths of millions of people in the Third World, not to mention the poverty and oppression of millions more."
Martin Luther King Jr. (Introduction, 3 min.) -- John Stockwell(6 min.) -- Bill Moyers (The secret government, 22 min.) -- Cover up: behind the Iran-Contra affair (21 min.) -- School of assassins (14 min.)-- Genocide by sanctions (13 min.) -- Amy Goodman (5 min.) -- The Panama deception (22:0s) -- Ramsey Clark (8 min.) -- S. Brian Willson (9 min.). A video compilation by Frank Dorrel. 120 min. DVD 1910

Where There is Hatred.
In this examination of nonviolent movements in the Philippines, Chile and Israel, filmmaker Ilan Ziv portrays on Videotape his own awakening to the power of nonviolence after the carnage of violent struggles for overcoming oppression. Live footage of current nonviolent movements is interspersed with on-site interviews in the three countries, as well as with Gene Sharp of the Albert Einstein Institute. 57 min. Video/C 1757

Why We Fight.
Explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Dwight Eisenhower had warned in his 1961 Farewell Address, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition--drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future. Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki. Special features: Extra scenes; extended character featurettes; filmmaker TV appearances : The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose; audience Q&A with filmmaker; filmmaker audio commentary with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson; theatrical trailer. 99 min. 2005. DVD 5766

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Crowdus, Gary. "Why We Fight: An Interview with Eugene Jarecki." Cineaste, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 32-38, Spring 2006 UC users only
Katz, Wallace. "Hollywood Rarity: Imperialism Unmasked." New Labor Forum ; Fall2006, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p107-112, 6p UC users only
Ramsey, Joseph G. "From "Why We Fight" to Fighting Their "We": Zeiger's Sir No Sir Meets Jarecki's Why We Fight." Socialism & Democracy, Jul2007, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p145-156, 12p UC users only

Wings of Glory: the Air Force Story. The Beginning 1914-1939
Chronicles the story of the United States Air Force from before World War I to 1939. The story of the United States Air Force begins with the first flight of the Wright Brothers and evolves to the training of the first airmen and their first rudimentary steps in the swirling aerial combat of World War I in the skies over France. With the advent of World War II the need for a separate service was recognized and the United States Air Force is born. Contents: v. 1. The beginning, 1914-1918 -- v. 2. After the war, 1918-1923 -- v. 3. The struggle, 1924-1930 -- v. 4. Between the wars, 1930-1935 -- v. 5. Air power advances, 1935-1937 -- v. 6. Prelude to war, 1937-1939. Video/C MM1238

Women--for America, for the World.
Twenty-two prominent American women challenge the economic and political realities of the arms race. 29 min. Video/C 1550

Women for Peace.
Covers the founding of the organization, Women For Peace, and many of the first peace demonstrations that it sponsored. Film covers 1961 and 1962 anti-nuclear demonstrations in California and Nevada and other activities of the group. A film by Harvey Richards. 24 min DVD 4243; also VHS Video/C 2793

Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity
Follows author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's travels and offers insights into genocide's dimensions, causes, and patterns and the role it plays in politics and human affairs. Goldhagen speaks with killers, survivors, witnesses, journalists and political leaders whose stories provide insights into why genocides continue to plague our planet. Is it possible for us to prevent genocide and save millions of lives? Based on the book "Worse than war" by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Directed by Mike Dewitt. 2010. 2 hr. DVD X4440

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American Revolutionary War

The Americas in the Revolutionary Era.
Lectures by Marshall C. Eakin. 120 min. each tape.

Lecture 1. Revolutions and wars for independence -- Lecture 2. Origins of revolution in the Atlantic world -- Lecture 3. Colonial empires on the eve of revolution -- Lecture 4. The North American revolution emerges. Revolutions and wars for independence: Sets the major themes of the video series, along with a discussion of the concepts of "revolution" and "wars for independence.". Origins of revolution in the Atlantic world: Looks at the most important transformations that shaped the Atlantic world by the mid-18th century, including the Enlightenment, developing commerce and trade, the industrial revolution and new political theories which ushered in an age of political revolutions. Colonial empires on the eve of revolution: Between 1492 and 1750, the Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English had carved out large colonial empires. This lecture surveys those colonial empires, their dimensions and characteristics in 1750. North American revolution emerges: In the dissimilar American colonies, a sense of unity emerged out of the colonial wars that the English fought, especially with the French in the 1750s and 1760s. These decades precipitated the emergence of a sense of an "American" identity among the English colonists, eventually resulting in a move towards independence in 1775 and 1776. Video/C MM283

Lecture 5. From Lexington and Concord to Yorktown -- Lecture 6. Radicalism of the American Revolution -- Lecture 7. Slave rebellion in St. Dominigue -- Lecture 8. Haitian Revolution. From Lexington and Concord to Yorktown: Covers the fighting during the American Revolution from Lexington and Concord to the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, an extraordinary story of a small group of colonials challenging and defeating the most powerful empire in the world. Radicalism of the American Revolution: Discusses the "meaning" of the American Revolution. For some, it was a conservative effort by planters to sieze power and control the development of a society already divided between slaves and free men, white and non-whites, and the landed and landless. For others, it represented a radical break with a monarchical past and a move towards a republic and democratic politics. Slave rebellion in St. Dominigue: The Haitain revolution is the only successful slave rebellion in the Americas. This section and the next analyze the only case of slaves rising up, taking power, and creating an independent nation. Also looks at the French revolution and its influence on Saint Domingue, a classic example of the sugar and slave plantation complex in the Americas. Haitian Revolution: In 1791, thousands of slaves rose up in St. Domingue, in a war for their freedom. Amidst the violence, a group of black leaders emerged, the most famous the former slave Toussaint L'Ouverture. Over more than a decade the slaves defeated invading armies from France, England, and Spain, but the black leadership eventually turned against itself in a struggle for control of the revolution. Video/C MM284

A documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. Based on the book series A History of US by Joy Hakim. Episode 1: The colonists in America decide to stake everything on an armed struggle for freedom and a chance to build a new kind of nation. c2003. 52 min. DVD 2196

Mary Silliman's War
Based on the memoir and letters of Mary Silliman, this film depicts the struggle during the American Revolutionary War, of Fairfield, Conn., a town deeply and bitterly divided over independence. After the kidnapping and imprisonment of her husband by the British, Mary Silliman managed to secure her husband's freedom while still handling domestic affairs and coping with the war. Based on The way of duty by Joy Day Buel and Richard Buel, Jr. (Main Stack CT275.F5586.B83 1984; Moffitt CT275.F5586.B83 1984) 1993. 94 min. Video/C MM117

American Civil War

War Movies - Civil War

The Battle of Gettysburg
This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end. Directed by Herman Hoffman. 1955. 30 min. Included on DVD 9894

The Civil War.
A film by Ken Burns. Times vary; consult OskiCat.

The Cause. Begins with an introduction to significant people and the events that led to the beginning of the Civil War. Discusses various battles and their impact on a divided country. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1810


International Documentary Association - Best Documentary, Features
Emmy Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming; Outstanding Informational Series
Peabody Awards
Television Critics Association Awards - Program of the Year; Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

A Very Bloody Affair, 1862.Covers the development of war technology and its effect throughout the world. Discusses various battles and the Union victories. Explores the life of the soldier and the beginning of conscription. Video/C 1811
Forever Free, 1862.Discusses the events that led to emancipation. Covers various battles including the second battle at Bull Run and Antietem. Explores the changes in military leaders. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1812

Simply Murder, 1863.Covers the Union defeat at Fredericksburg and other hardships. Discusses life in the camps. Explores the reaction of the North to Lincoln's emancipation proclamation. Covers the role of music in the camps. Discusses further Union losses. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1813

The Universe of Battle, 1863.Covers the march of the confederates into Pennsylvania and the battle of Gettysburg. Discusses the role of women in the war. Explores the federal draft and the establishment of the first black troop. Video/C 1814

Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1864. Covers biographical information of Generals Grant and Lee. Explores the Union's plan of attack on the confederacy in Atlanta and Richmond. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1815

Most Hallowed Ground, 1864.Discusses Lincoln's needs to be re-elected and Union plans. Covers the use of spies in the war. Explores the events that led to the capture of Atlanta. Discusses Lincoln's re-election and the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1816

War is All Hell, 1865. Covers Sherman's march through Georgia and South Carolina. Discusses Lincoln's position and attitudes. Explores John Wilkes Booth and his band of conspirators. Covers the events that led to the end of the war and the surrender of Lee to Grant. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1817

The Better Angels of Our Nature, 1865.Covers the reaction across the nation of Lee's surrender. Explores the assassination of President Lincoln and the fate of those responsible. Discusses the fate of Jefferson Davis and a look at the effects of the war on the country. DVD X1626; vhs Video/C 1818

Ken Burns: The Historical Narrative on Television. 85 min. Video/C 4658

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Civil War
Color film dramatizing the pivotal moments of the War Between the States with live action and animation. Powers of Congress: Famous Coronet Instruction Films presentation wherein a man dreams of a world without the interference of Congress ... and finds out that the world is awful without it. 1954. 15 min. DVD 2649

A Firebell in the Night.(America)
Discusses the causes and miseries of the Civil War and the racial wounds that still trouble the United States. With Alistair Cooke. 52 min. Video/C 1420

A documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. Based on the book series A History of US by Joy Hakim. Episode 6: The most terrible war in America's history is fought over the future of slavery in our nation. Looks at the issue of slavery, the abolition movement and the Civil War. c2003. 52 min. DVD 2196

Long Shadows.
Through interviews this film explores the ways in which the Civil War can still be felt in American society. 89 min. Video/C 1232

Spanish American War

Documentaries about Theodore Roosevelt

Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War
Examines the colorful characters and historic events surrounding the Spanish-American war and its relevance through the 20th century. Using reenactments, interviews with noted authors and popular historians, and more than a dozen popular songs from the period, this documentary looks at the influence of race, economics, new technologies and the news media on America's decision to go to war. Filmed in Cuba and the Philippines it tells the story of the war from all perspectives, not just the American side. 1999 117 min. Video/C 6553

Destiny of Empires: the Spanish-American War of 1898
1998. 52 min. each installment

Remember the Maine: The Roots of the Spanish-American War Using archival footage, newspaper excerpts, and historical documents, this program traces the roots of the Spanish-American War to Spain's quest to preserve its flagging empire, American imperialism, and the genuine desire on the part of Cubans to shake off the yoke of Spanish domination. It closely examines the role of Cuba's poet/patriot Jose Marti, exposes Roosevelt's expansionist policies and the efforts of William Randolph Hearst that contributed to the decision to enter the war and reveals Spanish attempts to thwart open conflict. DVD 1969

The Spanish-American War: A Conflict in Progress. Using archival footage, newspaper excerpts, and historical documents, this program examines the conduct of the Spanish-American War from Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, to the defeatist attitude of Spanish commander Admiral Cervera to Cuban General Gomez and his decision to side with the Americans. Archival news footage of battles and photos and firsthand accounts of the war by William Randolph Hearst track the precise sequence of events leading to the Spanish defeat and the Treaty of Paris. DVD 1970

This Bloody, Blundering Business; or, The Price of Empire.
Traces the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish-American War until 1946, concentrating on the Insurrection of 1898-1901 and the period immediately following. Reveals the nature of American attitudes toward Third World peoples and cultures--from the racist brutality abroad to bitter controversy at home. Utilizing still photographs, early newsreels and the reporting of war correspondents, the filmmaker offers insights into the parallels of that period with contemporary American foreign policy. 1975. 30 min. Video/C 6080

World War I

War Movies - Civil War

America Goes Over
The first official theatrical release depicting America's part in World War One. Shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corp, the film is entirely comprised of authentic footage taken under actual combat conditions in France between 1917-1918. Includes scenes of President Wilson signing the Declaration of War, the arsenal of weapons developed and used by the United States, German U-Boats sinking freighters, the retaking of Catigny, Chateau Thierry, Selleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and the Southern rail line through the Sedan. "Especially released by the War Department to the Eastman Kodak Company for the Second A.E.F.". Originally produced as a motion picture in 1927; re-mastered and enhanced with voice track and music. 72 min. Video/C MM289

America Goes Over: WWI Propaganda Film
Originally produced in 1918 by the U.S. Signal Corps. Edited from films shot by the Signal Corps, this film covers the entire scope of U.S. operations in World War I. Includes scenes of President Woodrow Wilson, General Jack Pershing, recruitment and training of soldiers, major land battles, naval and aerial operations, everyday life of the soldier, and the liberation of Paris. 64 min. DVD 3726

Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman
Examines the life and career of Anton Herman Gerard Fokker, innovative pioneer in aviation and a Dutch-American aircraft manufacturer. Located in Germany, the German government took control of his factory at the onset of WWI. Fokker remained as director and designed and delivered about 700 military planes to the Luftstreitkräfte. After the war he immigrated to the U.S. where he continued to manufacture airplanes. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 30 min. DVD X234

The Archives of War
A documentary series of 20th century wars using film shot by British Pathe News, from the trenches of World War I, through the destruction of World War II, to the Cold War's atomic arsenals and the horrors of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Disc 1. World War I and the interwar years ; World War II: The leaders -- Disc 2. World War II: The battles ; The Cold War -- Disc 3. Korea ; Vietnam. DVD 1704

Are We Making a Good Peace?(Europe, Te Mighty Continent ; 6)
Analyzes the considerations that affected the formulation of the Treaty of Versailles. Discusses the civil war and counterrevolution in Russia. 1988. 52 min. DVD X2803 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4888

The Battle of the Somme: Official Pictures of the British Army in France
The Battle of the Somme gave its 1916 audience an unprecedented insight into the realities of trench warfare, controversially including the depiction of dead and wounded soldiers. It shows scenes of the build-up to the infantry offensive, including the massive preliminary bombardment, coverage of the first day of the battle - the bloodiest single day in the British Army's history - and depictions of the small gains and huge costs of the attack. Special features: on-screen interviews with Roger Smither (Keeper of the Imperial War Museum's Film and Photograph Archives), Laura Rossi (composer of musical accompaniment), Stephen Horne (arranger of alternate musical accompaniment) and Toby Haggith (producer of alternate musical accompaniment); five missing scenes and fragments linked to their originally intended position in the film. 74 min. DVD X7086

The Best Intentions: the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles
Six months after WWI the Paris Peace Conference was convened to begin the daunting task of rebuilding Europe and making a lasting peace settlement with Germany. Only a few years later their plans for peace unraveled. Was it their fault or was it inevitable? Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 33 min. DVD X235

Blood Red: The Life and Death of Manfred von Richthofen
Presents a biography of Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's most celebrated fighter pilot of WWI known as the "Red Baron". He was the most successful flying ace of World War I, being officially credited with 80 confirmed air combat kills. Features extensive archival film footage of early aerial dogfights in World War I with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 30 min. DVD X234

The Civilians' Story (Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet)
In addition to documenting the Great War, Albert Kahn's team of photographers recorded the impact of the conflict on French civilian ife. This program explores both the propaganda value and the genuine emotional power in images of the war-torn French populace. French and Belgian refugees, ruined churches, and farms tended by women and the elderly are a few of the subjects rendered in exquisite and moving detail. Soissons smolders after a German retreat; Reims and its shattered cathedral hover on the edge of total destruction; and the Alsace region, Kahn's birthplace, regains its French identity. Originally released in 2007 as a series for BBC television. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X5711

The Days of Our Years
A documentary written from the perspective of France that covers major world events of the first 50 years of the 20th century. Highlights include rare footage of 1900's Paris, attempts at air, sea and polar exploration, rare footage of artists including Renoir, Picasso, Shaw, Rodin, Sartre, Matisse and Colette. Includes the Paris Expositions of 1900 and 1937, films of World War I and World War II, the women's suffrage movement, and major figures in the world of art, sports, religion and government. 72 min. Video/C 3563

Europe After the Fire (Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet)
Versailles, 1919: French banker Albert Kahn and his camera team are among the few photographers allowed inside the Hall of Mirrors for the treaty signing -- an example of Kahn's uncanny talent for documenting change. This program focuses on Kahn's pictorial record of the war's aftermath and the challenges of securing a true peace across Europe. Zeppelin-borne aerial footage conveys the scope of the destruction, while grave-digging and burial scenes evoke the staggering number of combatants killed. Other events and subjects include the influx of foreign workers that filled France's labor void; the French occupation of the Rhineland; German breadlines and Paris dance-halls; and war monuments in London and Verdun. 52 min. DVD X5712

The First World War
Originally broadcast as a television mini-series in 2003. DVD 5046

Episode 1: To arms 1913: origins of the crisis Explores the complex origins of the Great War, and how seemingly insignificant local tensions in the Balkans exploded into war. Contents: To arms 1913: origins of the crisis -- death of an emperor -- mobilization -- Britian goes to war.

Episode 2: Under the eagle, 1914-1915 The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal, and atrocities fanned the flames of war. Contents: To win a quick victory -- a new Germany -- battle of the Marne-1914 -- life under German rule.

Episode 3: Global war 1914-1916 The European Empires clashed all across the world, from the South Atlantic Seas to the plains of Africa. Contents: Global war, 1914-1916: the conflict escalates -- the jewel in the crown -- the empire rallies to the cause -- the dominions join Europe's war.

Episode 4: Jihad 1914-1916 The Ottoman Turkish empire proved a formidable foe, as the Allies found to their cost at Gallipoli and in the Middle East. Contents: The cry for the holy war -- Turkey attacks Russia -- Gallipolli-the soft underbelly -- destination Baghdad.

Chasing the Phantom: Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
It was the end of September, 1916 in WWI. In East Africa the only undefeated German General of WWI, Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, was trapped by British troops. Unwilling to surrender he faded into the African bush where he continued to plague the British with Guerrilla warfare. Adapting his battle strategy to the African terrain, he used African natives as troops and after the War returned to Germany as a hero. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 25 min. DVD X234

Flights of Courage: The Red Baron
Tells the compelling story of the most legendary fighter pilot in the annals of aviation, the German air ace of WWI popularly known as "the Red Baron." 1988. 60 min. Video/C MM1240

Flirting with Danger: The Fantasy of Mata Hari
In 1917, the third year of WWI, France was loosing badly and looking for someone to blame. Spy mania swept across France. Then in mid-February exotic dancer Mata Hari was arrested and accused of spying for the Germans. Whether she spied at all is still subject to debate, although she was solicited as an agent by both Germany and France. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min. DVD X234

Flying High for France: The Lafayette Escadrille
Presents the history of The Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of the French Air Service during World War I composed largely of American volunteer pilots. The first major action seen by the squadron was at the Battle of Verdun where they suffered heavy losses which were rapidly replenished by other Americans. Also looks at the contributions of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American military pilot and other early American fliers. Features extensive archival film footage of early aerial dogfights in World War I with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 30 min. DVD X234

General John J. Pershing and His American Army
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson responded to the raid by Pancho Villa across the U.S. border by sending 6,000 troops under General John J. Pershing to Mexico to pursue Villa. At the same time, Villa was being sought by Carranza's army, as well. The U.S. expedition was eventually called off after failing to find Villa, and Villa successfully escaped from both armies. Includes archival footage and commentary by authors, academics and historians. Produced and written by Jennifer Petrucelli. Supplementary short accompanying: Young Indiana Jones. 28 min. DVD X233

The Great War
A comprehensive program that examines the events of World War I year by year, highlighting significant technological developments that ultimately brought the fighting to an end. Directed by Bruce Vigar. 2006.

Disc 1: [Episode 1]: 1914: To arms -- [Episode 2]: 1915: Death in foreign fields. [Episode 3]: 1916: Stalemate. 136 min. DVD X5835

Disc 2: [[Episode 4]: 1917: The breaking of armies -- [Episode 5]: 1918: Germany's last gamble. 98 min. DVD X5836

Disc 3: [Episode 6]: Land warfare technology ; [Episode 7]: Air power technology ; [Episode 8]: Sea power technology. DVD X5837

The Great War--1918. (American Experience)
Using archival film and photographs; interviews with veterans, nurses and other survivors of World War I; excerpts from letters and diaries from General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing, Sergeant Alvin York, and Sergeant Harry S. Truman; this film documents the history of United States and Allied soldiers in the Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 and other closing battles of World War I. Covers such topics as the Doughboys, trench warfare, poison gas, Armistice Day, and the Treaty of Versailles. 1989. 56 min. DVD X5850; vhs Video/C 1537

Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century. 58 min. each

Explosion. The World War of 1914 to 1918, the Great War, was the first of the major catastrophes of the 20th century. This episode, the first of eight, examines the causes of World War I. The program affords coverage of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the turbulent political climate throughout Europe as factors which led to the outbreak of war. Video/C 5256

Stalemate.This program examines the military operations of 1914, with emphasis on the Western Front. Almost from the outset, World War I became a stalemate with a line of trenches stretching from the Swiss Alps to the English Channel. This episode, the second of eight, explores why the war devolved into one of trench warfare. Video/C 5256

Total War. This episode of the Great War, the third of eight, examines the evolution of World War I from a conflict fought across the landscape of Europe to a global war. Coverage is afforded events in Great Britain and Turkey. The use of terror in modern war and the evolution of "total war" -- especially regarding aerial and chemical weapons -- is explored in this program. Video/C 5257

Slaughter. This episode, the fourth of eight, examines the military operations of the Western Front through the eyes of the soldiers who manned the trenches and fought the battles. Through study of the battles of Verdun, the Somme and Passchendaele, a social portrait of the common soldier is developed and analyzed. Video/C 5257

Mutiny. This episode of the Great War, the fifth of an eight part series, examines the toll that the war was taking on the soldiers and civilians by 1917. Unrest on the homefront and mutiny on the Western Front posed vexing problems for political leaders and military planners. On the Eastern Front, resentment toward the war effort would turn into rebellion and then revolution. Video/C 5258

Collapse. Episode six of the Great War examines the critical year of 1918. After the mutiny within the French Army and revolution in Russia, the Germans were still firmly entrenched on the Western Front. The arrival of the United States forces in Europe would determine the outcome of the war. This program probes the issue of American involvement as the deciding factor in Germany's defeat. Video/C 5258

Hatred and Hunger. Episode seven of the Great War examines the end of World War I with emphasis on unresolved issues from the Balkans to the Middle East. World War I brought the collapse of four empires, the death of nine million soldiers and the ruin of much of Europe. The struggle to rebuild lives, countries and governments would set the stage for an even greater catastrophe a generation later. Video/C 5259

War Without End. The final episode of the Great War explores the aftermath of World War I and the failed peace. For the "lost generation," the war would be without end as they struggled with broken hopes, broken families and broken lives. In Germany, the sense of betrayal and dishonor prompted some Germans to seek revenge. The man who rose up to lead them was Adolph Hitler. Video/C 5259

Baggett, Blaine; Winter, Jay M. "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century." Humanities, Nov/Dec96, Vol. 17 Issue 5, p10, 8p UC users only
Bowman, James. "The pity of PBS's 'Great War.'" New Criterion, Jan97, Vol. 15 Issue 5, p54, 6p UC users only
G.W.H. "Of many things." America, 11/9/1996, Vol. 175 Issue 14, p2-2, 1p UC users only
Lord, Lewis. "A slaughter no one knew how to stop." U.S. News & World Report, 11/11/96, Vol. 121 Issue 19, p52, 2p UC users only
Purcell, Hugh. "Television and The Great War." History Today, Aug94, Vol. 44 Issue 8, p9, 4p UC users only
Stansky, Peter. "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century." American Historical Review, 1997, Vol. 102 Issue 2, p593-594, 2p UC users only

Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War One
"For almost 300 years African Americans served a nation that would not serve them." This is the history of the 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters) the first Negro Regiment during WWI. As an American regiment they served under the French, compiling an astounding war record; the outfit was 191 days under fire, never lost a foot of ground or had a man taken prisoner. The regiment earning several unit citations along with many individual decorations for valor from the French government. The regimental band (under the direction of James Reese Europe) became famous throughout Europe, being the first to introduce the unknown music called jazz. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, historians and military leaders. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min. DVD X235

Into the Furnace: The Battle of Verdun
Looks at the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of WWI, in which one million German Troops attacked 200,000 Frenchmen guarding the city. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short on The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 30 min. DVD X234

Killing Fields, 1914-19. (People's Century).
In August 1914, the people of Europe were swept into the first of the wars that would make this century the bloodiest ever. Seventy million soldiers from more than twenty countries marched off to do their duty. In this film soldiers from all sides give a personal account of the trenches and the tactics--and the terrible nature and scale of the slaughter that shattered the old world order. In the end, four empires collapsed and nine million gave their lives. Some became pacificts while others sought retribution and many found themselves fighting another war only two decades later. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5543

Lines in the Sand: The Middle East and the Great War
At the outbreak of WWI, the Ottoman Empire allied itself with Germany and Austria, a decision that would lead to the final destruction of the Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East, a catastrophy in the sense of re-drawn boundaries which fuel conflicts to this day. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 34 min. DVD X234

Lost Peace, 1919-36: Ideals for a United World Fail.(People's Centuiry).
After the First World War a whole generation was traumatized by the horror of war and vowed that war would be a thing of the past. This film revists the popular hopes and experiences in the years following World War I--and the looming threat of a new nationalism. Despite Woodrow Wilson's promise of a "people's peace", defeated nations were resentful and unreconciled. As fascism and militarism spread, worldwide pacifist movements fought an increasingly unsuccessful rearguard action to preserve the dream of peace. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5547

Official Battlefield Films of World War I
Presents the frontline story of WWI through actual combat camera footage from the period when Americans entered into the Allied cause. Portrays the many dimensions of the Allied struggle with the enemy across the rolling plains of France. The scenes are the product of Allied and captured enemy combat films so the "war to end all wars" is seen from both sides. Since technology and machinery were primitive, the armies traveled mostly by horse, on foot and sometimes by motorcycle, slugging it out with artillery duels and attacks and counterattacks from trenches just yards apart. DVD 4416; vhs Video/C 5547

Our Century. 1900-1914, Beyond the Front
Second segment in a ten-part series that surveys historical events of the 20th century using Gaumont British newsreel footage. Covers major advances, trends, and tragedies, from political upheavals and passing social crazes to the role of technology, and examines their impacts on the future. This segment documents events from 1914 to 1918. A whole world erupts in a terrible war, which ravages Europe. In 1917 the U.S. comes to the rescue of democracy and takes part in the final victory. Deeply involved in war work, women are redefining their role in society. Contents Frivilous: Children's war games; women's war work; European fashions; dogs at war; food production and rationing -- Total war: Invention of sonar; women as soldiers -- The arts: Monuments to the dead; Picasso, cinema futurist movement -- Advances: Aviation; munitions -- Preparing: Evacuation of children and elderly; celebrity contributions to war -- To the front: War participation by colonies of England and France; U.S. prepares for war; Americans arrive in france; Pershing -- Social changes: Japan; South Pole exploration; Freud; women at work -- The Great War: Battle scenes; casualties; war memorials. 52 min. DVD X1249

Paris 1919: Inside the Peace Talks That Changed the World
At the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson took his dream of a League of Nations to Paris to seek "peace everlasting," joining over 30 international delegations who descended upon the city for the most ambitious peace talks in history. Helmed by the Big Four (the United States, France, Great Britain and Italy), the Paris Peace Conference ultimately and ironically sowed the seeds of resentment that led to World War II. Written and directed by Paul Cowan. Originally produced in 2008 and broadcast on television in 2009. 94 min. DVD X3001

Paris pendant la guerre (1916)
A rare comical look at Parisian life during wartime. These short vignettes feature several popular performers of the day (including: Félix Galipaux, M. Rablet, Marcel Simon, M. Boucot, Jane Faber) ; also includes Francois Poulbot's famous political cartoons. Included on DVD X665

Reading the Enemy's Mind: Espionage in World War I
Espionage and "modern" spying, born in World War I, was in a fledgling state. In the next few years a new kind of spy would learn how to gather the kinds of intelligence their countries needed to protect themselves in both war and peace. Looks at the role of the Belgian underground movement La Dame Blanche, the role of the Zimmermann telegram in bringing the U.S. into the war and the development of codes and codebreaking. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 25 min. DVD X234

Shell Shock ( Century: Decades of Change. 2, 1914-1919 ).
The psychological damage inflicted by the bombardments of World War I was called shell shock, a term that aptly described the feelings of the World War I world. This program illustrates America's reluctant emergence as a world power and analyzes the social impact of the wholesale loss of life, of husbands and fathers and of sacred ideals such as honor, patriotism and glory that sprang from "the war to end all wars." 45 min. Video/C 6355

Siegfried Sasson: A War Poet's Journey
Examines the life of British soldier and poet, Siegfried Sassoon who raged war against British authorities whom he felt deliberately prolonged WWI. Incarcerated in a mental hospital by these same authorities for "shell shock," he continued to write his poems that addressed the brutality of war. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 30 min. DVD X234

The Soldiers' Story (Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet)
As World War I engulfed his country, Albert Kahn struck a deal with the French army: his team of photographers would capture images and footage that helped the war effort in exchange for direct access to militarized zones. A century later, this program presents the results -- revealing the life and environment of the French soldier as recorded in Kahn's Archive of the Planet. The visual details of trench warfare and all its misery are combined with pictures from towns, hospitals , and barracks a few miles from the front -- evoking the humanity of the ordinary fighting man as well as the appalling devastation wrought by the era's instruments of death. Originally released in 2007 as a series for BBC television. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X5710

The Somme: Storm of Steel
Looks at the battle of the Somme Valley in France during WWI, the first real test of the "modern" British Army in which tens of thousands of British soldiers were killed. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short on The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 27 min. c2007. DVD X234

War in the Third Dimension: Aerial Warfare in World War I
Presents the history of the development of airplane design and the use and impact of zeppelins and airplanes in World War I. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, The war years. 2007. 32 min. DVD X234

World War I
Describes the domestic situation in the United States from 1914 to 1919, and how the United States, after vacillating between isolationism and involvement, finally for the first time plunged into a European conflict. Presents the efforts of President Wilson to enact progressive reforms and to stay out of the European war, and the effects of the war on the domestic program. Includes archival footage, photographs, advertisements and political cartoons. DVD X3544

World War I
A CBS News production; producers, John Sharnik, Isaac Kleinerman; written by John Sharnik. Originally produced by CBS Television in 1964-1965. 25 min. each installment.

Summer of Sarajevo. Reveals the chain of events following the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Serbia in 1914. Shows how the shooting provided the opportunity for Austria to seek revenge. DVD 9214

Clash of the Generals. Describes how the inflexible war plans of the European powers at the outbreak of World War I resulted in disappointing campaigns, despite long preparation and meticulous planning. DVD 9214

Episode 3, The Doomed Dynasties. Shows scenes of Russia's Czar, Germany's Kaiser, and Austria's Emperor, and discusses how their vanity and ambitions made them unaware of the changes taking place in their countries. Points out reasons why their decadent way of life became extinct after World War I. DVD 9214

Atrocity, 1914. Covers early events in WWI focusing on the German invasion and occupation of Belgium. DVD 9214

They Sank the Lusitania. Presents the story of the sinking of the Lusitania through newsreel footage, recounting how 1200 lives were lost and America was brought to the brink of war. DVD 9215

Verdun: The Inferno. Newsreel footage depicts the bloodiest battle of World War I, the Battle of Verdun in 1916, when French and German armies fought from Feb. to Oct., suffering casualties exceeding 5000,000 by each side. No appreciable strategic or tactical gain was achieved. DVD 9215

The Battle of Jutland. Describes, with newsreel footage, the events leading to the Battle of Jutland, the battle itself, the indecisive nature of its outcome, and the controversy surrounding the major British protaganists, Admirals Jellicoe and Beatty. DVD 9215

The Trenches. Through newsreel footage shows the use of trenches in World War I as well as air warfare, unusual weapons and the first armored tanks. DVD 9215

D-Day at Gallipoli. Winston Churchill believed the central powers could be defeated by a bold attack on Turkey. Through newsreel footage, describes the nearly successful land and sea invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula begun in March, 1915. DVD 9216

America the Neutral.The U.S. originally pursued a policy of isolationism, avoiding conflict while trying to broker a peace. Using newsreel footage, this episode looks at events that caused the United States to enter the war. After repeated sinkings of U.S. merchant ships by German submarines, President Woodrow Wilson and the Congress declared war on April 6, 1917. DVD 9216

Revolution in Red. Archival newsreel footage surveys the forces and factors leading to the Russian revolution and the role of Lenin and his diciplined Bolshevik Party. DVD 9216

Wilson and War. Through newsreel footage, continues to investigate events that forced the United States into participation in World War I: the loss of trade with Germany, suspected sabotage, and continued sinkings of ships. DVD 9216

Behind the German Lines. Depicts conditions in 1917 when Germany, on the verge of starvation, turned to unrestricted submarine warfare. DVD 9217

Year of Lost Illusions. Describes, with documentary footage, World War I events of 1917: shortages of food, Irish revolts on Easter Monday 1916, the stalled and costly advances, the rise of Winston Churchill and the use of the convoy systems. DVD 9217

Over There. Describes, with documentary footage, the preparations for war in the United States as 10 million Americans are drafted. Shows military training and deployment to the war in Europe. DVD 9217

Over Here. Documents how World War I brought about industrial growth and a more active role by the United States government in the national economy. Shows the erosion of principles when national security is threatened. Depicts how war stimulates change. DVD 9217

Daredevils and Dogfighters. Depicts the fighter pilots of World War I, who engaged in daily tests of courage and skill. Shows remarkable newsreel footage of aerial warfare. DVD 9218

The Agony of Caporetto. Through newsreel footage depicts the major attack at Caporetto in 1917 when the Austrians, reinforced by German units, defeated the Italian army. DVD 9218

Tipperary and All That Jazz. Newsreel footage of soldiers and entertainers singing American and French World War I songs to boost the morale of the troops. "Tin Pan Alley goes to war with a whole host of tunes." Features music by George M. Cohan, Erving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and others. DVD 9218

The Promised Lands. Newsreel coverage of events in the Middle East theater during WWI, including conflicts in Turkey, Serbia, the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt. DVD 9218

The Battle of the Argonne. With archival newsreel footage describes the battle in the Argonne forest in 1918, one of the first decisive actions in World War I in which the American army participated and the beginning of the end of German resistance. DVD 9219

The Day the Guns Stopped Firing. Featuring archival newsreel footage describes Germany's armistice negotiations and reactions on the part of the Allies and Germany. DVD 9219

Wilson and Peace. Describes, with documentary footage, the end of World War I: the dismantling of the German war machine, the occupation by French, British, and American armies, and, in detail, the Treaty of Versailles Conference and Wilson's 14 points. DVD 9219

The Allies in Russia. Describes, with documentary newsreel footage, the interventions during WWI of Allied troops in the civil war in Russia. DVD 9220

Heritage of War. Newsreel footage of the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles, the social and physical devastation of Europe and the return of American troops from the war. DVD 9220

World War I Films of the Silent Era
These four silent films explain essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience while news films presented the most detailed and potent images of military life and front line action. Some news films were faked but some was authentic, obtained at great risk by daredevil combat cameramen.

Fighting the war / photographer, Donald C. Thompson (1916) -- The log of the U-35 / Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere (combined 1919 British version and 1920 American versions of original 1917 German film titled: Der Magische Gurtel (The Enchanted circle) -- The secret game / William C. de Mille (Paramount) with Sessue Hayakawa, Florence Vidor, Jack Holt, Charles Ogle (1917) -- The moving picture boys in the Great War / narrator, Lowell Thomas (1975). 167 min. DVD 1016

World War in Color
This definitive history of World War I uses rare archive footage from worldwide sources, including Britain's Imperial War Museum. The original black and white archival film colorized using computer aided-technology, makes the past seem present and immediate. Includes interviews with WWI veterans, analysis by military historians, detailed maps, and excerpts from diaries and letters. Narrator: Kenneth Branagh. 2003.

Vol 1: Episode 1. Catastrophe -- Episode 2. Slaughter in the trenches -- Episode 3. Blood in the air. 142 min. DVD X4887

Vol. 2: Episode 4. Killers of the sea -- Episode 5. Mayhem on the Eastern Front -- Episode 6. Victory and despair. 142 min. DVD X4888

Vol. 3: Bonus features: Tactics & strategy -- Making the series -- Biographies -- Timeline of events -- General facts. 66 min. DVD X4889

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Spanish Civil War

War Movies - Spanish Civil War

Art in the Struggle for Freedom
Profiles the role of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, an international force which assembled to aid Spain during the Spanish Civil War with special emphasis on the poetry, music and posters which were developed to support the struggle for freedom. 2000. 28 min. Video/C 7187

Brother Against Brother: The Spanish Civil War
This is the story of the war that altered Spanish history-- the struggle between the supporters and opponents of the Spanish Second Republic, which raged between 1936 and 1939. During the war, new names were written large in world history; names such as the Republican- supporting International Brigade and the Nationalist General Franco, who led his side to ultimate victory. Features large-scale reconstruction of key events, dramatized eyewitness accounts, plus rare archive film and period imagery. Directed by Mike Leighton. 1995. 50 min. DVD X4012

Cara y Cruz de la Revolucion.
An historical documentary, including interviews with many on both sides of the Spanish Civil War. This segment examines the conflicting political ideologies which caused so much internal strife during the war. Includes political posters created during the conflict throughout the film. In Spanish with occasional English subtitles. 1983. 53 min. Video/C 5232

Caudillo: The History of the Spanish Civil War.
Tells the story of General Franco's revolt and the ensuing Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 from both the Republican and Falangist points of view. Includes documentary film footage, narrative excerpts from various well-known writers who reported on the war at first hand, and contemporary visits with surviving participants. Dist.: Films Media Group. 111 min. DVD 6257; Video/C 340

Chants de la guerre d'Espagne (Songs of the Spanish Civil War) [SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: Himno de Riego (1:58) -- Los cuatro generales (3:10) -- Somos los soldados vascos (1:16) -- Ya sabes mi paradero (2:56) -- La sardana de les monges (2:56) -- Que sera? (2:55) -- La Santa espina (2:30) -- El paso del Ebro (2:40) -- El tren blindado (2:59) -- Fuerte (cont'd) de San Cristobal (3:01) -- Marineros (3:19) -- El tragala (2:23) -- El pendon morado (2:52) -- Els segadors (1:57). Cobla de Barcelone; unnamed chorus and orchestra; Gustavo Pittaluga and Rodolfo Halffter, conductors of the chorus and orchestra. Sound/D 49

...De Toda la Vida (...All Our Lives)
A documentary on the lives of women who participated in the anarchist movement during the Spanish Civil War. Through interviews, archival footage and still photographs, the program portrays a dynamic group of women, now in their eighties, who put the anarchist ideals of equality and self-management to work in their own lives. 1986. 54 min. Video/C 7809

Defenders of the Faith
Claimed to be the first picture of 'actual warfare ever to be made in natural colour', Defenders Of The Faith was made by American Russell Palmer, a committed Nationalist and shot entirely in colour making it possibly unique amongst all film records of the Spanish Civil War. From extraordinary air-to-air action footage of the Nationalist 'Flying Turkeys' squadron strafing enemy trenches and tanks, to rare film of the Spanish Foreign Legion and Moor Units, and from coverage of the assault on Castellon to Nationalist armoured cars and tanks at the Front, this truly extraordinary film reveals the war as it has never been seen before. Made by American businessman Russell Palmer 1936/1937. 153 min. DVD X6449

The End of Silence
In Spain, Martin önsson and Pontus Hjorthén meet Mari Carmen España. During the civil war, her grandfather was executed by Franco sympathizers and buried in a mass grave. With the current government's approval, Mari and others have been exhuming the grave. Jönsson and Hjorthén visit that effort. In later travels through Spain, the two Swedish men meet other people engaged in similar endeavors. Mari and the others hope by these efforts to help Spain break its silence toward the Franco atrocities. Dist.: The Video Project. 2009. 58 min. DVD X2473

2002. 59 min. each installment

Escaping Franco: From Danger into Danger. Presents firsthand accounts of the Spanish Civil War from Spaniards who went into exile as a result of it. Newsreel footage accompanies their stories of destruction and escape: tales of separation, imprisonment, forced labor, and frontline action at the start of World War II, as well as, for some -- testimonials to the kindness of strangers. DVD 2301

Holding On, Fighting Back: The Long Road Home to Spain. During World War II the hardships of the Spanish Civil War refugees grew worse. In this program survivors talk of their ordeals and victories: repression and reprisals in Franco's Spain; suffering in French internment camps; deportation to Nazi concentration camps; meritorious service with the French Resistance and Allied forces; and after the war, their lives in exile, until, after Franco's death, they could finally go home. Newsreel footage places each story in context. DVD 2302

Forever Activists: Stories From the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
The personal recollections of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans are interspersed with historic footage of the events of the Spanish Civil War in which they took part. The film explores their long term commitment to political activism as many of these veterans have played significant roles in World War II, trade unionism, the McCarthy period, civil rights, the Vietnam anti-war movement, disarmament and peace efforts. Directed by Judith Montell. 1990. 60 min. DVD X4495; Video/C 6641

Barrett, James R. "Forever Activists." The Journal of American History Vol. 79, No. 3, Discovering America: A Special Issue (Dec., 1992), pp. 1278-1279 UC users only

Form! Riflemen, Form! (Europe, the Mighty Continent; 8).
Analyzes conditions in Europe that made Hitler's and Mussolini's rise to power possible. Discusses Stalin's five-year plans in the Soviet Union, the civil war in Spain, and the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939. 52 min. DVD X2805 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4890

Fury over Spain
"Chronicles 1936, the first bloody year of the Spanish civil war. Location filming by omnipresent government cameramen helps lend a raw, earthy feel to the desperate, life-and-death struggle against General Francisco Franco's Nationalist insurgents. Distributed as a propaganda film in the United States and England to help garner public and international support for the Republican-coalition forces, the narrator does not mention the word communism even once during the film, despite much evidence of its presence. The same narrator only alludes to "Franco’s unofficial allies"; neither Germany nor Italy is named. 55 min. DVD 8819

The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War.
The good fight explores a significant gap in our history through its use of archival footage, newsreels, still photographs, interviews with Lincoln veterans and other depression-era artifacts. The eleven surviving veterans of the war who appear in this tough, ironical film share a common pride in their sacrifices of 50 years ago when the rise of world fascism crushed the spirit of democracy in a tragic rehearsal of World War II. Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills, producers and directors; Studs Terkel, narrator. 1983. 98 min. DVD 9798; vhs Video/C 584

Crowdus, Gary. "The Good Fight." Cineaste, 1984, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p26-28, 3p
Doherty, Thomas. "The Good Fight." Film Quarterly Vol. 40, No. 3 (Spring, 1987), p. 58 UC users only
Murphy, William. "The Good Fight." Film & History, Sep1984, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p69-71, 3p UC users only
Seitz, Michael H. "The good fight: the Abraham Lincoln brigade in the Spanish Civil War." The Progressive 48.(May 1984): pp38(2).

La Guerra de los Idealistas.
An historical documentary, including interviews with many on both sides of the Spanish Civil War. This segment focuses on foreign participation in the war with volunteer soldiers from all over the world who found an outlet for their passionate idealism in the revolution in Spain. In Spanish with occasional English subtitles. 1982. 54 min. Video/C 5233

Heart of Spain
A documentary account of the front line medicine practiced under Dr. Norman Bethune and volunteer medical personnel during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939.) Their work with 'blood banks,' transfusion and field surgery laid the groundwork for further medical advances in later years. 1933. Material scenarized and edited by Paul Strand, Leo Hurwitz. 33 min. DVD X336; vhs Video/C MM1225

Robé, Christopher. "The Good Fight: The Spanish Civil War and U.S. Left Film Criticism." Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media; Spring2010, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p79-107, 29p UC users only

Im Kampf den Weltfeind (1939)
Directed by Karl Ritter. Documentary presenting the Spanish Civil War from the Nationalist (Nazi) perspective. The entire war is covered, from the initial German commitment in 1936 to the fall of Madrid in March 1939. The Legion's triumphant return to Germany is also shown including excerpts of speeches by Goring and Hitler. 45 min. DVD 3853

Images Against Oblivion: Untold Stories About Francoism (Imágenes cóntra el olvido, lo que nunca se conto del Franquismo)

Disc 1
Santa Cruz... por ejemplo = Santa Cruz... for example / director, Gunter Schwaiger -- Presos del silencio = Prisoners of silence / directors, Mariano Agudo and Eduardo Montero. Part of a series of documentaries that revisit the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. Santa Cruz, por ejemplo (Santa Cruz, for example) looks at facist repression during the first months of the military regime in the zones where there was no fighting, because from the first day, the inhabitants were affected by the participants of the coup. The film opens with consultations of the relatives of assassinated people, then examines the fear that still lives today in the rural areas in the wake of Francoism and at how the exhumation of the disappeared during the Franco regime affects the people and a town. Presos del silencio (Prisoners of silence) reconstructs the collective memory of some survivors, who between 1940 and 1962 participated in the construction of the Canal del Bajo Guadalquivir, what is known today as the Canal of the Prisoners, which, with its 150 kms of route, still continues watering the main agricultural arteries of Andalusia. In Spanish without English subtitles. 174 min. DVD 9780

Disc 2
La mala muerte = The bad death /directors, Jose Manuel Martin and Fidel Cordero (2005) = Los Alzados de la Palma = Uprising of La Palma / directors, David Baute and Cirilo Leal (2006). Part of a series of documentaries that revisit the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. La mala muerte (The bad death) looks at the exhumations that have been undertaken in the last years by different associations mainly by ARMH (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory). What happens when people begin to speak after 70 years of forced silence? What is the reaction of the descendants after so many years of the fear of repression? Alzados de la Palma (Uprising of La Palma) is based on the particular case of one week of resistance "Semana Roja" (Red week) on the island of La Palma (the only one that resisted the rise of facism), and later, the persecution and hunting of republicans. The town wishes to know the whereabouts of the disappeared in order to render a tribute to their memory. In Spanish without English subtitles. 171 min. DVD 9781

Disc 3
Muerte en El Valle = Death in the Valley / director, Christina Hardt-Redondo (1996) -- Los heroes nunca mueren = Heroes never died / director, Jan Arnold ; producer, Adrian Lipp. Part of a series of documentaries that revisit the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. Muerte en El Valle (Death in the Valley) is an investigation that the director undertook in her own family, relating to the death of her grandfather. During the search she faced one of the assassins of her ancestor. Los heroes nunca mueren (Heroes never died) reflects on the controversy that arose around the famous photograph by Robert Capa of a soldier who was killed by an enemy bullet. The film also examines one of the fundamental tenants in journalism - the mechanisms of the construction of truth. 154 min. DVD 9782

Disc 4
España, ultima esperanza : apuntes de una odisea (Spain, last hope : notes of an odyssey) / director, Karin Helml and Hermann Peseckas = Una immensa prision (An immense prison) / director, Carlos Ceacero Ruiz and Guillermo Carnero Rosell. Part of a series of documentaries that revisit the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. In Espa?na, ultima esperanza : apuntes de una odisea (Spain, last hope : notes of an odyssey) ... six protagonists described their experience in the Spanish Civil War. Their destiny took them to concentration camps in France with final extradition to Nazi Germany. Una immensa prision (An immense prison) is a tribute to the victims of Francoism, an attempt to investigate the shady foundations on which our present society has been built, almost without temporary transition from a Fascist dictatorship. 130 min. DVD 9783

Disc 5
La columna de los ocho mil (The column of eight thousands) / directors, Angel Hernandez Garcia ... [et al.] (2005) = La memoria es vaga (The memory is vague) / director, Katherine Halper (2005) Part of a series of documentaries that revisit the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. La columna de los ocho mil (The column of eight thousands) narrates the story of thousands of republican civilians trying to travel through 100 kms of enemy territory, to find a safe place for their families. The column of republicans is attacked, and dispersed with the disappearance of many at the hands of the pro-Franco army... La memoria es vaga (The memory is vague) reviews the conditions in which the political prisoners constructed the greatest monument of Spain, Monumento Nacional de Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen). Includes testimony by those forced to construct the monument as public work prisoners and looks at the controversies surrounding the monument today. 146 min. DVD 9784

Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War
Focuses on sixteen of the 80 or so American women who joined the International Brigade volunteers from fifty countries who came to fight for democracy in Spain in 1936. The film's narrative includes the words of Dorothy Parker, Josephine Herbst and Virginia Cowles, as well as the articles and letters exchanged by Martha Gellhorn and Eleanor Roosevelt during the war. The women's hearbreak at the refusal of the democracies including the U.S. to come to Spain's aid, is powerfully conveyed. Directed by Julia Newman. c2002. 58 min. DVD 8078; vhs Video/C 9782

The Last Cause
A documentary on the International Brigades which fought against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Includes interviews with 25 Canadian, American, and British volunteers interwoven with newsreel footage, still photographs, and songs recorded during the conflict. Directed by Alex Cramer and Stephen H. Franklin. 1976. 164 min. DVD X5612

The Moroccan Labyrinth (Laberinto Marroqui)
In 1898 Spain focused its colonial aims on northern Morocco, establishing a Spanish Protectorate in 1912. From 1920 to 1926, Spanish military attempts to conquer the territory were resisted by the guerrilla forces of Rif leader Abd el-Krim. The film reveals how this colonial conflict served as the prologue to the Spanish Civil War, with losses in the African war undermining the monarchy and politically emboldening the "African militarists," including generals such as Francisco Franco, who in 1936 launched a revolt against the Spanish Republic. Ironically, in order to escape famine and poverty, thousands of Moroccans enlisted in the Spanish Falangist movement and found themselves fighting for their former enemies in Spain against Republican forces. Directed by Julio Sánchez Veiga. 2007. 90 min. DVD X2321

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The Origins of the Spanish Civil War[AUDIORECORDING]
With: Raymond Carr, The politics of the Spanish civil war. Discusses the causes of the Spanish Civil War and the reasons for the Nationalists' victory. Sound/C 43; (NRLF B 4 304 604)

The Politics of the Spanish Civil War[AUDIORECORDING]
With: Raymond Carr, The origins of the Spanish civil war. Continues the discussion of the causes of the Spanish Civil War and the reasons for the Nationalists' victory. Sound/C 43

Que mi nombre no se borre de la historia: el documental de las 13 rosas
Documentary about 13 young ladies who were sent to the firing squad during the early years of the Franco regime, as punishment for a political crime they were not involved in. Depite attempts to erase them from history, they passed into legend, known as "the thirteen roses". They were all members of the JSU (Unified Socialist Youth), an antifascist organization. Relatives of the victims, JSU survivors and the General Secretary of the organization, Santiago Carrillo, tell their story. Directed by Verónica Vigil & José María Almela. 2006. 83 min. DVD X4108

Songs of The Spanish Civil War.
Himno de Riego (1:58) -- Los cuatro generales (3:10) -- Somos los soldados vascos (1:16) -- Ya sabes mi paradero (2:56) -- La sardana de les monges (2:56) -- Que sera? (2:55) -- La Santa espina (2:30) -- El paso del Ebro (2:40) -- El tren blindado (2:59) -- Fuerte de San Cristobal (3:01) -- Marineros (3:19) -- El tragala (2:23) -- El pendon morado (2:52) -- Els segadors (1:57). Performers: Cobla de Barcelone; unnamed chorus and orchestra; Gustavo Pittaluga and Rodolfo Halffter, conductors of the chorus and orchestra. Sound/D 49

Spain in Revolt (c. 1938)
Film summarizing events in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), aimed at American audiences. The film appears to use mainly silent newsreel and other footage, with music and obviously foleyed sound effects added. While the film is mainly from the Loyalists stand point, there is also a bit curious pacificistic slant to it, keeping with the mood of the US at the time. However, if that is case, why was the film put together in the first place? Without the first reel to put the whole thing in context, it is hard to say. DVD 7971

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Spain Will Live (L'espagne vivra)
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. L'espagne vivra is the second documentary by Cartier-Bresson on the Spanish Civil War. It looks at the war and its aftermath with commentary by Georges Sadoul. Originally produced in 1938 by Secours Populaire de France. 44 min. DVD 9934

The Spanish Civil War.
A documentary of the Spanish Civil War told primarily through archival newsreel footage, covering the electoral defeat of right-wing forces, the polarization of left and right, and the young officers' conspiracy that began the uprising in Morocco. Within days, the conflict had spread to Spain, and the bitter Civil War had begun. The program covers the course of the war: the battles, the human cost, the intervention of the totalitarian powers and the nonintervention of the democracies, until, at the end, the Soviet Union withdrew its support, the International Brigades were disbanded and Nationalist forces entered Madrid ending the conflict. 27 min. DVD X291

The Spanish Civil War: Blood and Ink (Siglo XX: la Guerra Civil Espanola = The 20th Century: The Spanish Civil War).
Examines the period of the Second Republic in 1936 and the Spanish army's mutiny that marked the beginning of a bitter civil war that lasted three years and cost one million Spanish lives. Dramatic readings are from those poets and prose writers who captured the period in their works: Rafael Alberti's "Romancero general de la guerra," Antonio Machado's "Muerte de un nino Herido", Jose Maria Peman's "De ellos es el mundo and Poema de la bestia y el angel", and Miguel Hernandez' "Viento del pueblo." 50 min. Video/C 4144

The Spanish Civil War.
Prelude to tragedy 1931-36 -- Revolution, counter-revolution, and terror -- Battleground for idealists -- Franco and the Nationalists -- The revolution -- Victory and defeat. The complete history of the Spanish civil war told through rare archival film and eyewitness accounts. 312 min. Video/C 4144

The Spanish Crates (Las cajas españolas)
Documents the heroic efforts to safeguard Spain's artistic heritage during the Spanish Civil War. The republican government established the Junta de Defensa del Tesoro Artistica during the early days of social upheaval in 1936, later succeeded by an international committee. Some 1,868 crates were eventually evacuated to safety, including much of the contents of the Prado Museum and the National Archeological Museum. The story of the massive undertaking was suppressed during the Franco regime but is preserved in the extensive historical footage assembled here. Directed by Alberto Porlan. 2004. 97 min. DVD X4428
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The Spanish Earth (1937)
Credits: Screenplay, Lillian Hellman, John Dos Passos, and Archibald MacLeish; photography, John Ferno; film editor, Helen van Dongen; music, Marc Blitzstein, Virgil Thomson; narrator, Ernest Hemingway (alternative track on DVD X1698 : Orson Welles). Written and narrated by Ernest Hemingway, this documentary was produced during the Spanish Civil War to dramatize the effect of the Fascist uprising on the ordinary citizen. Shows the struggle to protect Madrid from Francisco Franco's followers, the bombing of the city by German and Italian planes, and farmers trying to construct an irrigation system under the near-impossible circumstances of war. The author's only screenwriting effort and his only film appearance. 60 min. DVD 717; also on DVD X1698; DVD X6449; VHS 999:1131
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Spanish Revolution Anniversary Newsreel Footage
Spanish Revolution Anniversary Newsreel: Franco looks on as they celebrate the 18th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War. 1957. 2 min. DVD 7971

Timeline 1937: A Historical Series
Video chapter - Timeline 1937 (65 min.) -- Audio chapters: Music (27 min.) -- News (67 min.) -- Entertainment (60 min.) Video section focuses on the year 1937. Vintage newsreels capture the Revolution in Spain, the crash of the Hindenburg, the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the fall of Shanghai plus feature stories on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, Joe Louis and more. Audio section (Music): Swing School with Benny Goodman and his orchestra - featuring Martha Tilton, Gene Kropa, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton (original broadcast Nov. 11, 1937) Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts of a tribute to George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster, a speech by Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black regarding his membership in the Ku Klux Klan, a speech by Roosevelt warning of a coming world war. Audio section (Entertainment): The Lux Radio Theatre presents "Captain Blood" (Feb. 22, 1937) starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Donald Crisp. DVD 1108

The 20th Century: The Spanish Civil War (Siglo XX: la Guerra Civil Española)
Examines the period of the Second Republic in 1936 and the Spanish army's mutiny that marked the beginning of a bitter civil war that lasted three years and cost one million Spanish lives. Dramatic readings are from those poets and prose writers who captured the period in their works: Rafael Alberti's "Romancero general de la guerra," Antonio Machado's "Muerte de un niño Herido", Jose Maria Peman's "De ellos es el mundo and Poema de la bestia y el angel", and Miguel Hernandez' "Viento del pueblo." Dist.: Films Media Group. c2003. 50 min. DVD 2293

Victory of Life (Victoire de la vie)
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Victoire de la vie is taken during the civil war inside the hospitals of Republican Spain showing medical care of soldiers. 1937. 49 min. DVD 9934

The Will of the People (1939)
A striking account of the Spanish Civil War, made during the last, desperate days of the Republic. Drawn from the Republic's rich film archives, this documentary provides, in its partisan commentary and searing footage, a poignant epitaph to the dashed hopes of the Popular Front. 55 min. DVD 8818

Witness to History: Days That Shook the World : 1930-1939
Part of a documentary series covering milestones of the 20th century including political turmoil, the horrors of war, medical, scientific and technological advances and social upheaval that made this century. Part four covers key events in the decade of 1930-1939. 1930-1939: Introduction -- May 1,1931 - The Empire State Building Opens -- March 1,1932 - Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped -- May 21,1932 - Amelia Earhart Flies Solo Across the Atlantic -- November 8,1932 - The "New Deal" Begins FDR Elected President -- January 30,1933 - Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany -- December 5,1933 - Prohibition Ends -- August 8,1936 - Jesse Owens Dominates-The Berlin Olympics -- December 11,1936 - King Edward VIII Abdicates For Love -- May 6,1937 - The Hindenberg Disaster -- March 28,1939 - Franco Wins The Spanish Civil War -- August 27,1939 - First Jet Airplane Flight -- September 1,1939 - Hitler Invades Poland World War II Begins -- Epilogue. Dist.: Ambrose Video. 30 min. Video/C 8791

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39/40, the war through a lens (39/40, la guerre des images)
It took Hitler less than ten months to conquer Europe. This two-part series is an astonishing "play by play" told by three of its major players: France, England and Germany. Inspired by newsreels, each country reveals the "truth" to its citizens. Between September 1939 to June 1940, we view how each side saw the inexorable plunge Europe took into chaos. Contents: La Drôle de guerre = The Phoney war (53 min.) -- La Debacle = The debacle (53 min.) DVD X4944

731: Two Versions of Hell
Version 1: The doorway to hell (15 min.) -- Version 2: War is hell (12 min.) Documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility. The second half, using almost the exact same footage, describes Unit 731 from the Japanese revisionist perspective which is largely supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. Although its cruel experiments on living people produced thousands of casualties, this activity is still denied by a number of Japanese historians and politicians. A film by James T. Hong. 2007. DVD X351

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761st, The Story of the Black Panther Tank Battalion
The 761st Tank Battalion, the first unit to enlist African-American soldiers to operate armored vehicles was activated on April 1, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and deployed to Europe, landing at Omaha Beach in France on October 10, 1944. Over the course of 183 days of continuous fighting (including action in the Battle of the Bulge) the "Black Panthers" became the first African-American armored unit to enter combat. With the motto "Come Out Fighting!" they faced racism at home and death overseas in a war for many freedoms they did not enjoy in America. Directed by Pete Chatmon. 200-? 72 min. DVD X5625

Alliance of Shame.
Examines Japan's experiments in germ warfare during World War II using American prisoners of war as subjects of experimentation. Surveys the history of Japan's germ warfare Unit 731, through interviews with survivors and members of Unit 731. Examines the policies and practices of the Japanese general who directed the experiments, General Shiro Ishii. 20 min. DVD X211 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 694

America at War. 1995. 45 min. each installment.

Our Troops Train for War Two training films used to prepare the American soldier for the perils and dangers he faced when encountering the enemy. Baptism of fire: A drama designed to teach soldiers how to deal with their fears of going into battle for the first time. Jap Zero: An interesting film starring Ronald Reagan as a novice pilot trying to distinguish the Japanese Zero fighter plane from one of our own--with nearly disastrous results. Video/C 5701

Our Troops Under Fire Four films containing graphic historical footage of land, air, and amphibious assaults on enemy strongholds. Cameramen at war: Documentary on the cameramen of the British military film units and the newsreel companies that documented battles of both World Wars. 957th day: Shows the Pacific Fifth Fleet engaged in combat action on the 957th day of WWII. Mission completed: A film about American bombers returning to the ship after a bombing run. Battle for the beaches: Documentary footage examining Allied machinery and methods used to attack the Axis powers on the beach fronts. Includes the Battle of Dunkirk and amphibious assaults on Sicily, Salerno, and Dieppe, France. Video/C 5702

Preparing for War Contains an interesting, powerful look at various films produced to alert the American public about the looming threat of world war and to muster sentiment and support towards the effort. Hitler's ascent to power: Documents Hitler's chilling rise to power. Britain on guard: Shows how the British coped with German aerial attacks and the devastating VI rocket. All Hands: A British officer talks too much in a pub run by spies with disastrous results. Story of Corporal Jolley: A true first person account by an American soldier who survived a Japanese prison camp and the Bataan Death March. Video/C 5700

Show Business in WarThree films showing how Hollywood and the business community were involved in the war effort. War Bonds: Features Bette Davis selling war bonds. Hollywood Canteen: Dinah Shore takes the viewer on a tour of a typical war canteen where Hollywood stars mingled with the troops and special performances helpted lift morale. Strictly GI: Highlights the special radio show broadcast weekly for the enjoyment of troops worldwide. Video/C 5703

Victory Victory focuses on the reaction of America to the end of the war. D-Day minus one: Presents the saga of the paratroopers who dropped into Europe behind enemy lines five hours before the D-Day invasion. Focus on 1945: Features the victory of Allied troops as they reclaim Europe, the liberation of POW camps, the trial of General Yamashita of Japan for high war crimes, and footage of a top ranking Nazi leader on trial at Nuremberg. Japan surrenders: Looks at the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan's unconditional surrender to General MacArthur. Video/C 5704

America in the '40s, A Sentimental Journey Part 2,; War Stories
Focuses on riveting battle footage as the war accelerates, while veterans recount poignant tales of frontline terror and bonds of friendship that survive today. Includes archival footage of the war, of performances by USO troops, and of war plant workers at home, plus popular songs of the era. 57 min. Video/C 5808

America, The War Years. Volume 1, 1941-1942.
Newreel footage originally produced in 1941 and 1942 by Universal Newsreel and United News. Newsreels and combat footage give glimpses of the United States during World War II, with reports on military campaigns, war production, and life on the home front during 1940-1941.

Contents: v. 1. 1941 (50 min.) New Years in N.Y. -- New Congress hears president pledge war aid -- Lease-Lend Bill passes -- Miami, Fla. -- Belmont Park, N.Y. -- Jitterbug and jive -- Stanley cup -- DeGaulle in England -- Women defense workers -- Seattle black-out -- French Indo-China -- Airplane manufacturing plant -- American troops in Newfoundland -- Libya -- U.S. to guard Greenland -- Yankees baseball -- Detroit Tigers baseball -- Washington Navy yard -- Paratroops at Fr. Benning, Ga. -- Carol exiled King of Romania -- Jack Benny -- Malta bombed -- Eritrea -- Churchill in England -- U.S. in move to halt Japs -- Hess flees from Reich -- 9th Army Corps -- Portsmouth, N.H. submarines -- Belmont Park -- First pictures of sea fight -- Haile Selassie returns to Ethiopia -- Speed boat races -- Aerial acrobats -- Nazis war in Russia -- Soviet-Japanese Friendship Pact -- 21-yr-olds drafted -- Army air force at Mitchel Field -- Siege of Tobruk -- Special report: Japs-U.S. at war -- America on the alert. v. 2. 1942 (50 min.) Movie stars join war effort -- U.S. motorcycle dispatch riders -- U.S. Navy pilots test flying boat -- Tennis match (Bobby Riggs) -- Gas shortages and food rationing -- G.I. mail call -- Who's on first? (Abbott and Costello) -- U.S. arms manufacturing plants -- Midway -- Horse races for Army relief fund -- America salutes women workers in war effort -- Private Snafu gripes -- Marines on Guadalcanal -- Jeep assembly plant -- Hollywood canteen -- Alaska Highway completed -- Warship production -- British pursue Rommel in Libya -- Rodeo thrills soldiers -- Ready made homes for war workers -- British sailors aid U.S. Harvest -- World's largest autobus tested -- RAF blasts Nazis -- U.S. Navy day -- New roles for women in war -- Soldiers get mail -- U.S. carrier beats off air attack -- Academy Awards, 1942 -- Plants speed anti-aircraft guns -- China plans army of 26 million -- N.Y. hails U.N. war heroes. 100 min. DVD 2499

The Americas at War in World War II
Presents eleven films of Latin and South American countries' participation in World War II. Ten out of the eleven films are produced by the U.S. Office of Inter-American Affairs, which was created to foster and report on relations between the United States and Latin American countries. Contents: Brazil at war (1943, 10 min.) -- Brazil gets the news (1942, 10 min.) -- Good neighbor family (1943, 17 min.) -- Gracias Amigos (1944, 16 min.) -- Housing in Chile: one government's plan to provide better homes (1943, 18 min.) -- Lima family (1944, 18 min.) -- Lima (1944, 16 min.) -- Roads South (1943, 17 min.) -- The day is new (1942, 10 min.) -- Silent war: Colombia's fight against yellow fever (1945, 10 min.) -- Young Uruguay (1943, 17 min.) DVD 5902

Architecture Of Doom.
Building upon the Nazi cult of the extreme aesthetic which aspired to return beauty to the world, film examines Hitler's eccentric cultural ambitions for the Third Reich, and the profound influence his obsession -- and personal failures -- with art played in the development of the Nazi Party. Film examines Hitler's propaganda which created a social climate which made brutality and murder an acceptable means to beautify the world. Producer/director/researcher, Peter Cohen, 1989. 119 min. DVD 453; also on VHS Video/C 3501

Archives de guerre (1940-1945: ce que les Francais on vu dans les salles de cinema
Five hours of French newsreels and propaganda films drawn from the archives of the Institut national de l'audiovisuel trace the history of World War II month-by-month and document life in France during the German occupation. 402 min. DVD 9247

The Archives of War
A documentary series of 20th century wars using film shot by British Pathe News, from the trenches of World War I, through the destruction of World War II, to the Cold War's atomic arsenals and the horrors of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Disc 1. World War I and the interwar years ; World War II: The leaders -- Disc 2. World War II: The battles ; The Cold War -- Disc 3. Korea ; Vietnam. DVD 1704

Arsenal of Democracy.(Great Depression; 7)
By 1939 Americans were still struggling to end the Great Depression. Their dreams of peace and prosperity were celebrated at World's Fairs in New York and San Francisco, but prosperity did not come in peacetime. Millions fled the "dust bowl" states to finally find work in new defense industries. While the New Deal changed America forever, it was war that ended the Great Depression. 60 min. DVD X1168 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3177

Atrocities of the Orient
A Philippine produced "shockumentary" recreating the widespread rapes and murders of Filipino women by Japanese soldiers during the WWII Japanese occupation, just before the American invasion. Also chronicles efforts by Filipino citizens to combat the invaders. Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa, William H. Jansen. Originally released as motion picture in 1948. 80 min. Video/C MM538

Bataan Rescue
Thousands of Allied soldiers faced death on the Bataan peninsula in 1941 and only 500 prisoners in the Cabanatuan prison camp lived to be rescued. With testimony from both captive and liberator, tells the valiant struggle of the elite 6th Army Ranger Batallion who sneaked 30 miles behind enemy lines and with the help of Filipino resistance fighters, mounted an astonishing successful rescue that was fraught with danger. Bonus features: On location : the producers, On location : the re-enactors, timeline. 2003. 55 min. DVD 5614

Band of Brothers
Featuring recent interviews with the real-life company members whose deeds are dramatized in the made-for-television docudrama "Band of Brothers." Combining rare archival photographs and film footage, these are the faces, the voices and the lives of the men dramatically portrayed on the screen. Through it all, each veteran recalls that his reliance on his brothers-in-arms is the reason any of them made it back alive. This documentary is a profound, powerful and poignant tribute to their valor. c2002. 80 min. DVD 1422

Band of Brothers (movie for TV) DVD 1421

Battle of the Bulge
In December 1944, Hitler waged a final desperate bloody attack striking back at the Allies in the Battle of the Bulge ... the single biggest and bloodiest battle U.S. soldiers have ever fought. Almost 80,000 Americans were killed, injured, or captured in an infernal test of courage and endurance that ultimately ended with a hard-won victory for the Allies. Told through the eyes of the U.S. soldiers and combat officers in the field. Originally broadcast on television as an episode of "American experience" in 2002. 86 min. DVD 3694

BeFreier und Befreite
Documents the 1945 mass rape of German women and girls by the advancing Soviet army. Contents: DVD #1. BeFreier und Befreite 1 (1991/92) (90 min.) ; BeFreier und Befreite 2 = Liberators take liberties, pt. 1-2 (1991/92) (102 min.) Directed by Helke Sander. 192 min. DVD X6587

Berlin 1945
This film is about the final Russian conflict, the fight to take Berlin. From Russian archive material witness probably the bloodiest battle of World War II. Over 40 Belorussian and 1st Ukranian Army camerament contributed footage to this remarkable documentary. 60 min. Video/C 1337

The Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
This documentary of the Nazi leader reveals Hitler's ambition, demonic will, perverse passions, and his many murders. Told in part through the use of classical allegory comparing Hitler to the trickster in the story "Reynard the fox." Based in part on the 12th century folk tale "Reynard the Fox" as adapted by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.Directed by Louis Clyde Stoumen. 1962. 89 min. DVD X3032

Academy Award - Best Documentary Feature

Black Sun: The Mythological Background of National Socialism
Sheds new light on the sources of Nazi ideology by examining its occult roots in the world of myths, symbols and fantasies. Through interviews, rare archival footage and contemporary scenes shot in historic locales throughtout Germany it chronicles how the Nazis used these mythological foundations to develop Nazism as a political religion. The film also reveals the disturbing perpetuation of these mystical beliefs among certain cult groups in Germany today, reflecting an ongoing search for salvation, inspiration and messianic leaders. Directed by Rüdiger Sünner; Elizabeth Müller. 1997. 90 min. DVD X2388

Occult History of the Third Reich

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The Blitz: London's Longest Night
After two years of research and based on eyewitness testimony, tells the story of WWII's most concentrated aerial attack on London in 1941 and how the city nearly perished under the German barrage. Approximately 43,000 people died and over 1 million houses were destroyed during the blitz. 2006. 90 min. DVD 5157

Blockade (Blokada)
Created from archival footage of the siege of Leningrad found in Soviet film archives and meticulously reconstructed with a soundtrack added to the original silent footage. Hitler attempted to starve the Soviet city into submission resulting in the longest siege of World War II. The siege lasted for 900 days, with the blockade contributing to the largest-scale famine ever seen in the industrialized world. A Film by Sergei Loznitsa. 2005. 52 min. DVD 8922

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Osborne, Tony. "Blockade (2006)." Film & History, Spring2008, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p70-71, 2pUC users only

The Bombing of Germany
During World War II, bent on conquest, the German strategies became completely amoral, challenging and perhaps ending the concept of 'civilized warfare.' Through interviews with veterans, historians and ethicists from all the countries engaged in World War II, this documentary recounts the story of the Anglo-American bombing campaign against Germany, exploring the moral conundrums imposed by the reality of the war. Written, produced & directed by Zvi Dor-Ner. Originally broadcast as a segment on The American Experience in 2009. 60 min. DVD X3313

The Borinqueneers
A documentary on the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history. The film focuses on the establishment of the Regiment and on their contributions during the Korean War through testimony by the regiment's veterans and rare archival footage. Written, produced and directed by Noemi Figueroa Soulet. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2007. 78 min. DVD 8605

Britain at War: The First Days
The first days / producer: Alberto Cavalcanti ; directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt, Pat Jackson (1939, 23 min.) --The front line / director: Harry Watt (1940, 6 min.) -- Squadron 992 / producer: Alberto Cavalcanti ; director: Harry Watt (1940, 26 min.) First days: Shows many actual and some reconstructed scenes of air raid precautions, military training and evacuations during the first days of the war. Front line: For three months the town of Dover had been the frontier target for the Reich. There was only one hotel where the American correspondents stayed to record the fall of Britain. Squadron 992: A compelling drama-documentary about the training of a balloon squadron and its first assignment to the Forth Bridge, which had just been unsuccessfully raided. DVD 6218

Aldgate, Anthony. Britain can take it : the British cinema in the Second World War 2nd ed. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1994. (Main Stack D743.23.A43 1994; Moffitt D743.23.A43 1994; PFA PN1995.9.W3.A42 1994)
Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)

Britain at War: Under Fire
The story of an air communique / Ministry of Information (1940, 7 mins.) -- Britain can take it / directors: Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings (1940, 9 min.) -- Britain at bay / commentary written and spoken by J.B. Priestley (1940, 8 min.) -- Men of the lightship / producer: Alberto Cavalcanti ; director: David MacDonald (1940, 25 min.) -- Christmas under fire / director: Harry Watt (1941, 10 min.) Story of an air communique: Made for the Ministry of Information to show how accurately the figures for destroyed enemy aircraft were compiled and checked. Britain can take it: American journalist Quentin Reynolds presented this despatch from London that gave Roosevelt the kind of material he needed to swing U.S. popular opinion behind Britain in the war. Britain at bay: Nazi Germany has swallowed Czechoslovakia, invaded Poland and Norway, overrun Holland and Belgium. The French government had given in. Britain was alone, at bay... Men of the lightship: Reconstruction of events surrounding the Nazi bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship and the fate of those who manned it. Christmas under fire: Quentin Reynolds second film despatch from London to America shows Christmas 1940, the year of the blitz. DVD 6219

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Aldgate, Anthony. Britain can take it : the British cinema in the Second World War 2nd ed. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1994. (Main Stack D743.23.A43 1994; Moffitt D743.23.A43 1994; PFA PN1995.9.W3.A42 1994)
Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)

Britain Can Take It (aka London Can Take It)(1940)
Directors: Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings. American journalist Quentin Reynolds presented this despatch from London that gave Roosevelt the kind of material he needed to swing U.S. popular opinion behind Britain in the war. Britain at bay: Nazi Germany has swallowed Czechoslovakia, invaded Poland and Norway, overrun Holland and Belgium. The French government had given in. Britain was alone, at bay... Men of the lightship: Reconstruction of events surrounding the Nazi bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship and the fate of those who manned it. Christmas under fire: Quentin Reynolds second film despatch from London to America shows Christmas 1940, the year of the blitz. 9 min. DVD 6219; also on DVD 1279; vhs Video/C 5025

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Aldgate, Anthony. Britain can take it : the British cinema in the Second World War 2nd ed. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1994. (Main Stack D743.23.A43 1994; Moffitt D743.23.A43 1994; PFA PN1995.9.W3.A42 1994)
Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)
Cull, Nicholas John. "London Can Take It": British Propaganda and the Blitz, September to December 1940." In: Selling war : the British propaganda campaign against American "neutrality" in World War II / Nicholas John Cull. New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1995. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt D810.P7 G7248 1995)
Reynolds, Quentin James. Britain can take it; based on the film. New York, E.P. Dutton and company, inc., c1941. (MAIN: D760.8.L7 R48)

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Calling Tokyo: Japanese American Radio Broadcasters During World War II
Documentary about a group of Japanese Americans who were recruited by the British Political Warfare Mission and the U.S. Office of War Information to serve as hosts of Japanese-language radio propaganda broadcasts from Denver during WWII. c2002. 48 min. Video/C MM622

Calling America: Axis WWII Radio Propaganda [Sound recording]
Contains German and Italian World War II propaganda radio broadcasts. Contents: Station D.E.B.U.N.K. (1:17) -- Robert H. Best 420909 (4:10) -- Butchers / Ezra Pound (0:27) -- Paul Revere (Douglas Chandler) 410909 (15:16) -- Midge at the mike (Mildred Gillars AKA Axis Sally) 430518 (11:19) -- Power / Ezra Pound (12:50) -- Vision of invasion (infamous D-Day fantasy) 440511 / Axis Sally (22:17) -- Ezra Pound speakin' (0:02). 67 min. Sound/D 210

Cameramen at War. (1943)
Compiled by Len Lye. A tribute to the cameramen of the British military film units and the newsreel companies that sent back front-line reports. Most of the film shown is of World War II, with special emphasis on the European and North African combat areas. 15 min. Video/C 5027

[Capra, Frank] Frank Capra World War II Documentaries
Here Is Germany
Know Your Enemy - Japan
The Negro Soldier
Tunisian Victory
Why We Fight series

The Combat Film. (American Cinema; 6).
Historians, directors and military leaders describe the evolution of the World War II combat film, the rise of the Vietnam film, the influence of factual newsreel documentaries on fiction film genre, and the narrative tradition linking such films as Bataan (1943) and Platoon (1968). 55 min. Video/C 3714


Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army U.S.A. NRLF Video/C 459 pt. 1-pt. 2
Dwight D. Eisenhower, General of the Army NRLF Video/C 457
Erwin Rommel, Field Marshal German Army NRLF B 4 175 256
Georgi Zhukov, Marshal of the Soviet Union NRLF B 4 175 262
Isoroku Yamamoto, Grand Admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy NRLF Video/C 463
Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, Marshal of the Royal Air Force NRLF B 4 175 261
Sir William Slim, Field Marshal, British Army NRLF Video/C 460

Corregidor: Fortress of Courage
Through archival footage revisits the Battle of Corregidor and the battle in the Philippines during World War II. 2000. 22 min. Video/C 9501

D-Day: 24 Hours[Sound Recording]
Reporters: Bob Trout, Edward R. Murrow, Herbert M. Clark. Contains CBS radio broadcasts of the unfolding Allied invasion on the northern coast of France through the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, the official public annoucement by the U.S. government of the Allied invasion, followed by a flood of reports from correspondents, some on the scene. Sound/D 211

December 7th: the Pearl Harbor Story
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Desert Victory (1943)
Directed by Captain Roy Boulting. Documents the British Eighth Army's smashing victory at El Alamein in Nov. 1942, and its triumphant advance across the desert to Tripoli. 1943. 62 min. DVD 5802; Video/C 5027

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Agee, James. "Films" Nation; 3/25/1944, Vol. 158 Issue 13, p373-374, 2p UC users only
Kuhn, Annette. "'Desert Victory' and the People's War." Screen 1981 22: 45-68 UC users only
McDonald, Neil. "Authenticity and Re-enactment." Quadrant Magazine; Oct2005, Vol. 49 Issue 10, p74-77, 4p UC users only
Rollins, Peter. "Document and Drama in Desert Victory." Film & History, May1974, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p11-13, 3p UC users only

Die Deutsche Wochenschau [Nazi newsreels]
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The Double Headed Eagle: Hitler's Rise to Power, 1918-1933
Charts the stealthy rise of the Nazi Party in the wake of World War I, as witnessed from the perspective of a neutral bystander. Rather than offering a contemporary interpretation of history, the film allows the disturbing saga to unfold on its own terms using footage from newsreels, home movies and extracts from musicals and documentaries from 1918-1933 to illustrate the end of the Weimar and the rise of Adolf Hitler and national socialism in Germany. 1973. 86 min. DVD 5809; vhs Video/C 7668

Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army U.S.A.
Focuses on Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander, Pacific Theater, his successful operations against Japan, in Korea and his confrontation with President Truman later. 62 min. Video/C 459

East of War (Jenseits des Krieges)
Using the exhibition "Vernichtungskrieg" (War of Extermination) as a background, Ruth Beckermann and cameraman Peter Roehsler have filmed former German soldiers talking about their experiences, beyond the bounds of "normal" warfare. 1996. DVD 7728

Edward R. Murrow World War II Radio Broadcasts [Sound recording]
Contains radio broadcasts by noted journalist Edward R. Murrow during World War II. 180 min. Sound/D 207

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Yuki yukite shingun)
In this absorbing documentary, Kenzo Okuzaki--a veteran of Japan's WWII New Guinea campaign--painstakingly tracks down the former military officers responsible for the mysterious deaths of several fellow soldiers. Director Kazuo Hara not only captures the zeal of Okuzaki's mission but also exposes the atrocities committed by the Japanese military against its soldiers, resulting in a controversial film of undeniable power. Directed and photographed by Kazuo Hara. 1987. 122 min. DVD 7172

Seraphim, Franziska. "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Yuki yukite shingun)" Japan Forum; Sep99, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p268, 3p UC users only
Ruoff, Kenneth J.; Ruoff, Jeffrey K. "Filming at the margins: the documentaries of Hara Kazuo." Iris, Spring 1993, Issue 16, p115-126, 12p
Ruoff, Kenneth J.; Ruoff, Jeffrey K. "Japan's outlaw filmmaker: an interview with Hara Kazuo." Iris, Spring 1993, Issue 16, p103-113, 11p

Europe in Ruins
Relying mostly on film sources made by the Allies for German audiences in the first months after the War (May to October 1945) these films were meant to serve as news reports about the situation in Europe, but especially Germany (though the Pacific War is covered also). Contents: Disc 1. May-June 1945 (109 min.) -- Disc 2. July-August 1945 (138 min.) -- Disc 3. August - October 1945 (145 min.) 392 min. DVD X6473

Eva Braun: Her Home Movies. Volume 2.
Home movies shot by Hitler's mistress and later wife (Eva Braun), presented in their entirety for the first time. This intimate footage shows the private life of Hitler, Eva Braun and the Fuhrer's inner circle. 104 min. DVD 6241

The Eye of Vichy (L'Oeil de Vichy)
A compilation of long forgotten film footage and newsreels, produced by the Nazis and French collaborators during World War II. From the small town of Vichy in Central France, Field Marshall Pétain's puppet government worked with their Nazi overlords in creating pro-Nazi propaganda. They skillfully produced a strange alternative history of the war years in order to turn public emotion against the Allies and the Jews. A film by Claude Chabrol. 1993. 110 min. DVD 9916; vhs Video/C 6983

Quart, Leonard. "The Eye of Vichy." Cineaste, Sep96, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p47 UC users only
Roth, Michael S. "L'oeil de Vichy." The American Historical Review. Oct 1994. Vol. 99, Iss. 4; p. 1242 (3 pages)

The Fall of Berlin
Uses firsthand footage to track the events that led to the conclusion of the war in Europe and the fall of Berlin on May 2, 1945. As the Americans create a bridgehead on the River Elbe, the Luftwaffe makes a last desperate attempt to counter the fury of the Allies bombing of Berlin. While Hitler visits the Eastern Front, the Hitler Youth builds barricades around the doomed city. But all is lost, as far as the Third Reich is concerned. The Russian Army launches an attack along the Oder River, only 40 miles from Berlin. The German surrender becomes inevitable, and the city is divided up among the victors. Directed by Yuri Raizman and Elizaveta Svilova. c2005. 75 min. DVD 8118

Fire on the Mountain
Drawing together an elite group of champion skiers, mountain climbers and European mountaineers, the U.S. Army during WWII created America's only mountain and winter warfare fighting unit, the 10th Mountain Division. This documentary follows the Division from intensive training atop the Colorado Rockies to the spectacular night climb of Italy's Riva Ridge where the 10th, despite heavy losses, scored their biggest victory against Hitler's troops. They returned to the United States to become the pioneers of its infant ski industry and conservation movements. Film includes archival footage and interviews with 30 veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. 73 min. Video/C 4742

Fires Were Started. (1943)
Directed by Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt. Uses reenactment techniques to show the Auxiliary Fire Service in Action during the winter and spring of 1940/41, when the Blitz of London was at its height. 72 min. DVD 1279; also on VHS Video/C 5025
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Colls, R. "Representing the Nation: British Documentary Film, 1930-45." Screen XXVI/1, Jan-Feb 85; p.21-33.
Richards, Jeffrey. "'Fires Were Started.' (portrayal of World War II by film director Humphrey Jennings)." History Today 45.n4 (April 1995): 29(6). UC users only
Sansom, William. "The Making of Fires Were Started." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, Special Humphrey Jennings Issue. (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 27-29. UC users only
Stansky, Peter. London's burning : life, death and art in the Second World War / Peter Stansky and William Abrahams. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994. (Main Stack NX650.W3.S73 1994)

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Fools & Heroes
George Rarey and Bob Harvey were artists in Greenwich Village before the United States entered World War II. Rarey was drafted and became a fighter pilot with the Army Air Corps. Harvey, a concientious objector, was assigned to a work camp. How the war changed both their lives forever is explored in this film. Written, directed and edited by Ondine Rarey and Luigi Falorni. c1999. 60 min. Video/C MM655

[Ford, John] John Ford WWII Documentaries.

Gallagher, Tag. "War, 1941-1945." In: John Ford: The Man and His Films / Tag Gallagher. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1986. (UCB Main PN1998.A3 F5698 1986)
Gallez, Douglas W. "Patterns in Wartime Documentaries." The Quarterly of Film Radio and Television Vol. 10, No. 2 (Winter, 1955), pp. 125-135 UC users only
Murphy, William T. John Ford and the Wartime Documentary. Film & History 1976 6(1) UC users only

December 7th: the Pearl Harbor Story
John Ford's uncensored version of "December 7th" was banned by the U.S. Government for nearly fifty years. This is the fully restored, 84-minute version, with subtitles added to the controversial Japanese language sequences and a special "behind the scene" introduction. (A completely censored 34-minute version of the film was released and earned John Ford his fourth Academy Award.) This full-length version stars Walter Huston as Uncle Sam and is set in Honolulu on the day before the Japanese attack. Uncle Sam vacations complacently in Hawaii, concerned with the on-going war in Europe. On Sunday morning, December 7th, air squadrons appear, "swooping down like flights of tiny locust". The attack on Pearl Harbor, America's first battle of World War II, is vividly presented. DVD 1090 (Feature film - 84 min.; Bonus materials - 76 min.); Video/C 3099 (84 min.); also on Video/C MM46

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

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Murphy, William T. John Ford and the Wartime Documentary. Film & History 1976 6(1)
Skinner, James M. "'December 7': filmic myth masquerading as historical fact." The Journal of Military History 55.n4 (Oct 1991): 507(10).
White, Geoffrey M.; Yi, Jane. "December 7th: race and nation in wartime documentary." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.C59 2001)

The Battle of Midway. A brief documentary including footage of naval and aerial operations. John Ford filmed the battle doing much of the camera work himself. During the action, Ford was seriously wounded. After his release from the hospital, Ford re-edited the film into its present form. Voices: Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp, Jane Darwell. 1942. 18 min. DVD 9371; DVD 5802; also on vhs Video/C MM464; also on Video/C 7627

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Konzetta, Delia. "John Ford's Vernacular Orientalism and Wartime Hawai'i." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 26, Issue 4 July 2009 , pages 293 - 310 UC users only
"Reflections on the Battle of Midway : an interview with John Ford (August 17, 1943)" In: John Ford in focus : essays on the filmmaker's life and work / edited by Kevin L. Stoehr and Michael C. Connolly. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2008. (Moffitt PN1998.3.F65.J645 2008)

Torpedo Squadron 8. Memorial film made for the families of members of Torpedeo Squadron 8. All but one of the members of the squadron perished in its first combat mission in the Battle of Midway. 1942, 8 min. DVD 9371

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Declaration of War (December 8, 1941)
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French Communiqué
The overall purpose of this British film is to bring home to a British public the extent to which the French army is ready, prepared and able to defend France and, ultimately, Britain itself should the need arise. GPO Film Unit; director, Alberto Cavalcanti. 1940. 15 min.) DVD X4486

George S. Patton: American Achilles
Called the "most brilliant battlefield leader of World War II," George S. Patton was also the most controversial because of his all consuming thirst for recognition and difficulties with superiors and subordinates. Looks at the impact of his leadership during WWII. Includes archival footage and commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary feature accompanying: Produced and written by Mark Page. 29 min. DVD X233

The Goebbels Experiment
Lets the Nazi propaganda mastermind and Hitler's henchman, Joseph Goebbels speak for himself (in the voice of Kenneth Branagh) via the extensive diaries that he kept from 1924-1945. 2004. 107 min. DVD 5612

Good Morning, Mr. Hitler!
Presents a newly discovered film of Adolf Hitler with nearly all the Nazi leadership, attending a three day celebration of Nazi art including music, dance and a mammoth parade. This archival footage, filmed in July 1939 by Hans Feierabend and members of the Bund Deutsche Filmamateure-Munchen six weeks before the start of World War II, presents an audience of aging Germans watching themselves in the 1939 footage, reliving the events of the festival and discussing political and social issues of that time period. 54 min. Video/C 7910

"The Good War": An Oral History of World War Two[sound recording]
Americans who were at home and abroad describe their lives during World War Two. "Abridgement of The Good War" by Studs Terkel. 175 min. Sound/C 958

The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It
Millions of Americans fought for the liberation of Europe from Hitler's grip during World War II. Yet 40, 000 Americans refused to shoulder weapons because their conscience would not allow them to kill another human being. In the face of criticism and scorn, these men challenged the limits of democracy in wartime. This is their story during the war and after, when many participated in the social movements that transformed America in the generations that followed. Directed by Rick Tejada-Flores. c2000. 57 min. Video/C 8872

Good Work, Sister: Women Shipyard Workers of World War II, An Oral History.
Women tell of their personal experiences in the shipyards at Portland, Or. and Vancouver, Wash., and the difficulties confronting them when they took over jobs during World War II which had traditionally been considered men's work in addition to their continuing responsibility for child-raising and housework. 20 min. Video/C 4065

Great Generals. Vol. 1
First segment in a two-part documentary series profiling America's greatest generals. Presented here are the careers of Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley and John J. Pershing. Also includes seven short WWII training/indoctrination films.

Bonus films: Movies at war: Entertaining the troops around the world. Autobiography of a jeep: Lighthearted look at America's four-wheeled wartime hero. In the wake of the armies: Dramatic propaganda film with confidential added footage. Conquer by the clock: One slip up on the home front assembly line can mean disaster on the battlefield. Gracias Amigos: Contributions to the war effort by Latin American neighbors. Air raid warning: Helmeted heroes of the home front "turn out that light." Our job in Japan: Orientation film intended for the American occupation troops in Japan after the war. [Dr. Seuss]: The Japanese are portrayed as victims of cynical leaders in this post-war GI indoctrination short. "Unlike its counterpart, Your Job in Germany, Our Job in Japan was probably never seen by either military or civilian audiences. By the time it was readied for release in March 1946, "peace" with Japan was a reality. Thus the approach to the Japanese is more magnanimous: they are portrayed as victims of cynical leaders who filled their minds with thoughts of world conquest. According to the film's director, Theodore Geisel, Our Job in Japan displeased General MacArthur and all prints of the film quickly disappeared." (Noontide Press catalog) (U.S.A., 1945) DVD 2064

Great Generals. Vol. 2
Second segment in a two-part documentary series profiling America's greatest generals. Presented here are the careers of Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, Joseph Stilwell, George C. Marshall and George S. Patton. Also includes six short WWII training/indoctrination films.

Bonus films: Soldiers in greasepaint: Stars of stage, screen and radio entertain the troops during WWII. The Fighting First: The 1st Infantry Division in eight campaigns and three invasions. Women in defense: Narrated by Katharine Hepburn and written by Eleanor Roosevelt, presents women worker's contributions to the war effort. Seeds of destiny: Hitler's grisly plan to starve his European neighbors. Your job in Germany: Bitter, angry view of the Germans designed to halt fraternization between U.S. troops and German civilians. Paris 1945: Postwar newsreel presenting resistance efforts by Parisians. Directed by Frank Capra; written by Thodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) DVD 2065

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He Called Himself Surava (Er nannte sich Surava)
This documentary tells the story of Peter Hirsch alias Surava, editor in chief of the legendary German-language Swiss weekly "The Nation," who became the personification of anti-Nazi resistance in Switzerland. Arrested, sentenced, dragged into court time and again on the most absurd charges, he was a victim of antisemitism and an unprecendented campaign of defamation which reduced him to a life of poverty and suffering. 1995. 80 min. Video/C 8038

Here Is Germany. (1945)
Presented Army Pictorial Service Signal Corps. A propaganda film created by the U.S. government during World War II traces Germany's development as a military power from the time of Frederick the Great to the end of the Third Reich. Dramatically presents the threat of German militarism through scenes of goose-stepping soldiers, armies in combat, and victorious parades under the leadership of Bismark, the Kaiser, and Hitler. Originally produced in 1945 by the Frank Capra unit. War Department orientation film, official G.F.-11. 52 min. Video/C 5089
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The Hidden Army (1945)
Produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as an official war film in 1944. Using a mixture of dramatized events and newsreels, this film extols the work of women in industry during World War II. It was primarily made to get more women involved in the industrial sector of war work, since the number of women factory workers had actually declined in 1943. 17 min. DVD 8797; vhs Video/C MM494

Hiroshima, the People's Legacy.
Drawings and illustrations by survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb challenge viewers to evaluate the event's impact from a personal viewpoint. Recalls stories of the artists, often in their own words, translated by a narrator, and includes photographs and films of Hiroshima prior to and after the blast. 45 min. Video/C 536

Historical [World War II] Recordings[Sound recording]
Contains speeches and broadcasts that kept the world tuned in to their radios and riveted during newsreels, fascinated by the unfolding of great historic events of the 20th century. Contents: 1. Audio history: the digital record. -- 2. On the edge of two eras: The entire WJSV broadcast day, September 21st, 1939 / the Historical Broadcast Time Capsule Project recorded for the National Archives. The entire broadcast day of the CBS Radio Affiliate from Wash. D.C. at a pivotal moment when the Great Depression and World War II met in time. -- 3. World War II: an audio history: speeches and broadcasts that kept the world tuned in during WWII. Includes audio records from the U.S., Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Imperial Japan. -- 4. D-Day highlights: the day's news coverage as broadcast during the June 6th, 1944 Normandy landings. -- 5. D-Day songs (133 min.) -- 6. D-Day: 24 hours: Entire day's radio news coverage of D-Day. -- 7. WEAF false VJ day radio coverage: A broadcast by WEAF Radio, New York City when Japan first tried and failed to capitulate and end WWII. Reporters: Charles Collingwood, George Hicks, Bob Trout, Quentin Reynolds. 168 hrs. Sound/D 249

Hitler, A Career
How did a provincial rabble-rouser from Austria rise to become Germany's messianic Fuhrer? Why did Germans from all walks of life embrace the fascist Nazi philosophy and willingly follow Hitler into a titanic conflict and utter destruction? This meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with a keen analytical blade, charting Hitler's improbable rise, his mastery of imagery and crowd psychology, and his consummate skill in exploiting the weaknesses in others. Examining the public and private dynamics of Nazism's unhinged dictatorship by making use of an amazing array of never-before-seen film footage from secret archives and private collections, the film uncovers the deeper causes behind the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. A film by Joachim C. Fest; director, Christian Herrendoerfer. 1977. 151 min. DVD 8928

Jaehne, Karen. "Old Nazis, New Films." Cineaste; Fall78, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p32-35, 4p
Macnab, Geoffrey. "Hitler, a Career." Sight & Sound, Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p86-86 UC users only

Hitler and Stalin: Twin Tyrants
This psychological dual biography exposes the chilling parallel and the glaring differences of these two powerful and bloodthirsty dictators. Features exceptional footage from film archives in Russia, Germany, East Europe, Great Britain and the USA including rare footage of Stalin's mother and of his funeral. 1999. 59 min. DVD 5028

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The Hitler Youth(1945)
Examines the history of the Hitler Youth, the largest organization for young people in German history -- some 10 million strong at its height -- aided by films spanning 1920 to 1945. Includes excerpts from Philip Baker's book Youth led by youth. Directed by Robert Garofalo. 60 min. DVD X4657

Hitler's Secretary (Im toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretärin)
The astonishing true story of Hitler's private secretary coming to terms with working alongside unspeakable evil after remaining silent for nearly sixty years. Shielded from the knowledge of Hitler's acts of atrocity, convinced she was in the centre of information, she was actually in a blind spot. As the Nazi regime teetered on destruction, Junge witnessed everything up to the final chaotic days in the bunker. Directed by André Heller and Othmar Schmiderer. 2002. 86 min. DVD 7758
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Holland and the War, The Dutch Tradition: Three Years of the Netherlands' Fight Against the Axis, 1940-1943
In May 1940 Holland was overrun by the German Army in a few days. During early 1942 the Japanese overran the Dutch East Indies. Through original newsreels this film examines the background of the Netherlands and her colonies in the East and West Indies in times of peace, and points out their contributions to the fight against the Axis during World War II. Originally produced in 1944. 28 min. Video/C MM45

The Homefront
Chronicles the war effort in the United States from 1941-1945, using vintage newsreel footage and personal reminiscences of everyday citizens as the primary means of illustrating the social and economic forces that produced sweeping, permanent changes in American life. 1985. 87 min. Video/C MM4

Homefront U.S.A.
Series presenting newsreel footage of activities on the homefront in America during World War II. 55 min each installment. 1997.

America Goes to War. Presents an America directly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, retolling its industry for war with women entering the work force, the opening of day care centers, factories beginning to produce gun shells, ships, bombers, tanks and jeeps as military parades celebrate soldiers embarking for war. Video/C 9019

Home Fires. Portrays the sense of fear instilled in U.S. citizens following the attack on Pearl Harbor, patrols organizing across the nation and civil defense units preparing for attack. This segment also includes the trial of Nazi spies in the Supreme Court, Navy dirigibles being put into service and men joining up, among them Hollywood celebrities and other celebrities promoting bond drives, plus other features. Video/C 9020

The Land of Plenty Portrays America at the end of their first year in WWII, showing how Americans were united through shortages, rationing, buying war bonds, and for the first time in America, the distribution of food ration books. Includes footage of servicemen receiving decorations, the manufacture of prefabricated homes, families manufacturing machine tools in their homes, citizens donating blood, practice by coastal batteries and more. Video/C 9021

United We Win. Shows how those at home during WWII eagerly searched for ways to be useful and contribute to the war effort. They served on draft and rationing boards, stood watch as aircraft spotters or patrol coastal watchers until by mid-1943 civil defense volunteers numbered 9 million. Also includes coverage of vacant lots plowed into victory gardens, scrap metal drives, the building of tank destroyers, Mrs. Roosevelt opening a Red Cross blood drive, Winston Churchill meeting with President Roosevelt, Army nurses in training and the return home of the battle scarred Memphis Belle. Video/C 9022

Arsenal of Democracy. Presents the vast output of U.S. factories during the war including the manufacture of planes, tanks, naval vessels, landing craft, artillery pieces, millions of tons of artillery shells and rifles. With victory still a long way off, the army of the home front was united, strong and well prepared. Also includes footage of movie stars promoting war bonds, Margaret Truman christening the battleship Missouri, President Roosevelt announcing Italy's surrender and more. Video/C 9023

Rosie the Riveter. Focuses on the varied contributions of women during WWII from nursing to industry, signaling a significant change for women in American society. Also includes segments on SPARS, WAVES and WACS modeling their new uniforms, WAC mechanics servicing airplanes in Arizona and the presentation of Purple Hearts to parents of Japanese American soldiers. Video/C 9024

V for Victory. Presents the postwar hopes and dreams in American hearts and minds despite radio broadcasts and newsreels reminding them that the fighting and dying continues. It also presents segments on the preparation of parcels for American POWs, mail for U.S. Troops and the death of President Roosevelt just months after being re-elected by a landslide and the unprecedented outpouring of emotion it brings. Video/C 9025

[Huston, John] John Huston WWII Documentaries

Edgerton, Gary. "Revisiting the recordings of wars past : remembering the documentary trilogy of John Huston." In: Reflections in a male eye : John Huston and the American experience / edited by Gaylyn Studlar and David Desser. Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1993.(Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.R44 1993; Moffitt PN1998.3.H87.R44 1993)
Gallez, Douglas W. "Patterns in Wartime Documentaries." The Quarterly of Film Radio and Television, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Winter, 1955), pp. 125-135 UC users only
Katz, Robert; Katz, Nancy. "Documentary in Transition, Part I: The United States." Hollywood Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Summer, 1948), pp. 425-433 UC users only

Let There Be Light. Made for the United States Army by John Huston that shows the treatment of combat neuropsychiatric patients in an Army hospital. The film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Considered to be too controversial and disturbing, the film was suppressed by the military (confiscated by the Army Signal Corps), until it premiered in New York and at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. 1946. 58 min. DVD X2866 (restored version); also DVD 5802; Video/C MM465; also on Video/C MM334

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Report from the Aleutians. Report from the Aleutians: Documents the daily lives of soldiers manning a remote outpost on the Aleutians during World War II. Shows the bad weather, boredom, and loneliness endured by the men, as well as a bombing raid on Japanese-held Kiska Island. Produced by the Army Signal Corps. 1943. 47 min. Video/C MM466; also on Video/C 7628
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The Battle of San Pietro. Examines the meaning of war and death, not only to the men engaged in combat but to the civilian population as well. Shows the people and children of San Pietro during World War II, too stunned to realize they have been liberated. 1945. 33 min. DVD 361; also on Video/C MM466
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I Can Hear It Now[Sound recording]
Edward R.Murrow, narrator. [v.1] 1933-1945: a chronicle of the war and the years of crisis, told in the authentic sounds and voices of the men who made this history.--v. 2. 1945-1949: a continuing chronicle of the years following the close of World War II up to the present time, told in the authentic sounds and voices of the men who made this history.--v.3. 1919-1932: voices and events, read and re-enacted, of a glamorous era.--v.4. Winston Churchill. Sound/C 804

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In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II.
Personal reminiscences by veterans of the Jewish Brigade, a regiment of the British Army during World War II composed of Jewish men. Includes extensive historical footage of their activities and campaigns during World War II. 1998. 84 min. Video/C 5424

In the Name of the Emperor.
Presents Japanese war crimes and discusses the Nanking Massacre and comfort women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. Producer and director, Nancy Tong. 1996. 51 min. Video/C 4363

In the Name of the Führer
Presents World War II European war footage juxtaposed with words from Nazi publications, laws, announcements, directives, proclamations, war books, notices, school books and political documents that show the indoctrination of German children and the treatment of those children deemed non-Aryan. A film by Lydia Chagoll. Also presented in a 52 min. version titled "Children behind barbed wire". Dist.: Ciné Fête. 2008. DVD X1188

Japan Invades China, Crisis in the Far East; War Comes at Pearl Harbor.
Japan invades China: Encouraged by the lack of Western resistance Japan establishes an empire in the Pacific. This documentary follows the Chinese-Japanese War and the relations between Japan and the United States highlighting events preceding America's involvement in World War II. War comes at Pearl Harbor: Focuses on the diplomatic and economic pressure placed on Japan prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the consequences of the government's failure to reach an agreement, the last ditch attempts to gain peace and the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Originally presented in 1978 as two segments on the PBS television program Between the wars. 60 min. Video/C 9906

Japanese Devils: Confessions of Imperial Army Soldiers from Japan's War Against China (Riben guizi)
Fourteen veterans break Japan's unspoken code of silence, remembering their brutal war crimes as enlisted men in China from 1931 to 1945. Now in their 70s and 80, they tell the truth of the atrocities they committed as young soldiers in this harrowing contribution to the history of Japanese-Chinese relations. Written, edited, directed by Matsui Minoru. 2000. 160 min. DVD 5234

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Hoaglund, Linda. "Stubborn Legacies Of War: Japanese Devils in Sarajevo" Critical Asian Studies, Sep2003, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p421-434, 14p UC users only
Wakabayashi, Bob Tadashi. "Japanese Devils" Journal of Japanese Studies, Summer2002, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p430, 6p UC users only

Japanese Americans
Chronicles the role of the nisei soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment in the Italian campaign. 1945. 7 min. Video/C MM177

Journal de la resistance
The only authentic and complete document of the intense drama of Paris between the 19th and the 24th of August, 1944. It was made by the Liberation Committee of the French Cinema. Teams of cameramen and technicians assembled by the Underground, while Paris was still under enemy occupation, risked their lives to make this record. 1944. 29 min. DVD X4486

Know Your Enemy - Japan
Producer/director, Frank Capra; co-director, Joris Ivens. Performers: Walter Huston, Dana Andrews. Produced in 1945 as a motion picture by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps. Propaganda film made during World War II which was intended to acquaint the American with his Japanene counterpart. 63 min. DVD 5802; also DVD 613; DVD 1090; vhs Video/C 2906
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Latino Stories of World War II
Although an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 American Latinos fought in World War II, their contribution is virtually unknown to the American public. This documentary is the first to tell their stories, which have been "missing in action" for far too long. Four surviving veterans describe their experiences in their own words. These veterans served in the Air Force, the Army and the Marines and fought in three different theaters of World War II: Europe, the Pacific and India-China-Burma. Director/producer, Mario Barrera. 2006. 60 min. DVD 6748

Lest We Forget
A powerful "gut-wrenching" overview of World War II as seen through the eyes of an American soldier, from the Allied invasion to Berlin. Immediately after the surrender of all the German Forces, General Eisenhower ordered a documentary produced honoring the outstanding and stunning accomplishments of the American foot soldier. Once produced, however, he ordered all known copies destroyed, due to the"negative tones" of the finished film. This film was made from the only surviving copy. 1945. 48 min. Video/C 8683

Let There be Light.
SEE John Huston WWII documentaries

Presents the dramatic story of two very different battlefronts during WWII -- the Allied campaign to liberate Europe, and Hitler's genocidal war against the Jews. Using archival footage, contemporary radio broadcasts and enthralling first-person accounts, Liberation recreates the heady atmosphere of Europe emerging from Nazi domination -- in stark contrast to the horrific final days of the Final Solution. Performer: Narrated by Whoppi Goldberg, Miriam Margolyes, Jean Boht, Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart. 2004. 100 min. DVD 3081

The Liberation of Paris (La Libération de Paris)
La Libération de Paris is a documentary shot by the French Resistance during the battle of Paris in August 1944. On August 15, the French Resistance set an uprising in the capital of France then occupied by the German. On August 25, the partisan snipers received backup as the Free French 2nd Armored Division of general Leclerc enters Paris. Urban warfare ensues involving Free French Forces and the German garrison. German and Vichy loyalists are taken prisoners as general Von Choltitz surrenders to Leclerc on August 25. The US enter the city later and de Gaulle delivers a famous speech. Producer: Le Comite de Libération du Cinéma Français.

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Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II.
Tells the unknown story of African-American battalions, focusing on the heroic actions of the 761st, which spearheaded General Patton's Third Army and helped liberate the concentration camps at Buchenwald, Dachau and Lambach. Directed by William Miles and Nina Rosenblum. c1992. 90 min. Video/C 2849

International Documentary Association - Best Documentary, Features

Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.
Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. Includes topics of sex discrimination, the women's movement, and the role of movies and radio in helping mold public opinion during World War II. Directed by Connie Field. Dist. Clarity Films. c1994. 65 min. DVD X1308; Video/C 1927

Devilbiss, M. C. "The life and times of Rosie the Riveter" Women's Studies International Forum; 1982, Vol. 5 Issue 3-4, p389, 2p
Fishbein, Leslie. "Rosie the Riveter: A Review." Film & History, Feb1982, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p17-20, 4p UC users only
Frank, Miriam. The life and times of Rosie the Riveter : the story of three million working women during World War II. Emeryville, Calif. : Clarity Educational Productions, 1982. (MAIN: D810.W7 F74; Storage Info: C 2 940 936 MORR: D810.W7 F74; MOFF: D810.W7 F74)
Kessler-Harris, Alice. ""Rosie The Riveter": Who Was She?" Labor History, Spring83, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p249, 5p UC users only
"Life and times of Rosie the riveter." Labor History, Spring 1983, Vol. 24, p249-253, 5p UC users only
"Life and times of Rosie the riveter." Film Library Quarterly, 1981, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p53-55, 3p
Milkman, Ruth. "The life and times of Rosie the Riveter" Labor Studies Journal, Fall83, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p162, 2p
Sorrel, Lorraine. "Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter." Off Our Backs. Washington: Jun 30, 1981. Vol. 11, Iss. 6; pg. 25UC users only
Weisman, David. "The life and times of Rosie the Riveter" International Documentary, Dec2004, Vol. 23 Issue 10, p60-60, 1p,
White, Mimi. "Rehearsing Feminism: Women/History in The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter and Swing Shift." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

Listen to Britain and Other Films
Contents: London can take it (1940, 9 mins.) -- Words for battle (1941, 8 mins.) -- Listen to Britain (1942, 18 mins.) -- Fires were started (1943, 70 mins.) [also on VHS Video/C 5025]-- A diary for Timothy (1943, 39 mins.) [also on VHS Video/C 5026]-- Family portrait (1951, 26 mins.)[also on vhs Video/C 5026] -- Myra Hess, playing the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor No. 57 (Apassionata) (1945, 9 mins.)

A collection of six films (and one bonus film) by one of the greatest figures in the celebrated British Documentary Film Movement. Humphrey Jennings is most remembered for the way his work reflects the concerns and conditions of the World War II era in the United Kingdom. These pictures document how Jennings's impressive aesthetic arsenal helped to expand the scope and vocabulary of documentary films. DVD 1279

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Colls, R. "Representing the Nation: British Documentary Film, 1930-45." Screen XXVI/1, Jan-Feb 85; p.21-33.
Richards, Jeffrey. "'Fires Were Started.' (portrayal of World War II by film director Humphrey Jennings)." History Today 45.n4 (April 1995): 29(6). UC users only
Sansom, William. "The Making of Fires Were Started." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, Special Humphrey Jennings Issue. (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 27-29. UC users only
Stansky, Peter. London's burning : life, death and art in the Second World War / Peter Stansky and William Abrahams. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994. (Main Stack NX650.W3.S73 1994)

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London Can Take It.SEE Britain Can Take It

A feature length documentary that follows two WWII veterans and a used car salesman across the globe in search of their buried wartime treasures. During WWII, Darrel was stationed in Europe. Andrew was in the Philippines. In the chaos of combat, they stole valuable treasures and hid them overseas before returning to civilian life in America. Sixty years later back in America, both men have gone blind with little hope of ever recovering their goods. Both want to recover the treasures that they feel are their own, but with their health failing, they need Lance's help to travel halfway around the world to find them. So with time, distance and the odds against them, Lance throws himself into their dubious quests to unearth the past, laying bare family secrets and dark wartime histories in the process. Directed by Darius Marder. 2008. 86 min. DVD X5775

MacArthur, "I Shall Return"
Presents a biography of the American military leader General Douglas MacArthur from the Philippine point of view, with emphasis on his service during World War II in the Philippines. 2001. 32 min. Video/C 9502

March of Time
Includes extensive newreel footage of World War II-era newsreels. See US History videography for complete holdings

Marshal Pétain's Fall From Grace
Examines and life of Philippe Pétain who had saved France on the battlefields of Verdun during WWI but was tried for treason in Paris, 1945. When his country turned to him during WWII, he failed spectacularly as prime minster accepting an amnesty with Hitler. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians.Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 31 min. DVD X234

Master Race, 1923-47: Nazism Overtakes Germany. (People's Centuiry).
With a unique blend of nationalism, militarism, and racial theory, Adolf Hitler taught the German people to believe that they were the "master race". Stirred by the Fuhrer's rousing rhetoric during mass rallies, millions were swept along with the promise of national socialism. In this film Germans talk candidly about the initial allure of Nazism and German Jews recall their persecution and internment in concentration camps as Hitler's master race pursued its destiny--and descended to the greatest depths of barbarism. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5548

Memphis Belle
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Mein Kampf
Mein Kampf (My struggle) is the book written by Adolf Hitler in which he laid out his political philosophy. Regarded inside Germany as the bible of National Socialism, it was an accurate blueprint of what he aspired to accomplish when in power. After its publication few believed that Hitler and his Nazi Party intended to carry out every phrase of his literal program. In this film everything is taken from original footage and tries to answer the burning questions, such as what exactly happened during this terrible time in our history and how it was made possible. c2006. 110 min. DVD X4735

My Private War.
An invaluable historical record of the journey of six German soldiers who took their amateur movie-cameras to the Russian Front in 1942 and who survived to tell their personal accounts of what went on during that campaign. This remarkably well-preserved footage offers a soldier's-eye view of the day-to-day workings of the Nazi war machine. The narrative voices are those of the soldiers who fifty years later, recall the pressures that coerced them into military service and the emotional repercussions they have experienced in the decades that followed. 1991. 90 min. Video/C 7025

The Nazis, A Warning From History.
A six-part indepth exploration of the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. 50 each installment. 2005. DVD 4173

Vol 1: Helped into Power Analyzes the social and political conditions in Germany that helped Hitler and the Nazi party come to power.
Vol 2: Chaos & Consent. Analyzes the ways in which Germany was ruled by the Nazi party and the chaotic terror they created in the country.
Vol 3: The Wrong War. Discusses how Hitler's philosophy of German superiority led him to the invasion of Poland and to the war with Great Britain.
Vol 4: The Wild East. Documents the first 20 months of the Nazi occupation of Poland and shows how Poland suffered more than any other country during World War II.
Vol 5: The Road to Treblinka. Documents the Nazi execution of Jews in Treblinka, one of their six killing factories. Discusses the Nazi policy towards Jews and how a place like Treblinka could come to exist.
Vol 6: Fighting to the End. Discusses why the Germans could not remove Hitler from power and why Germans chose to fight to the end when it became clear that the country was losing the war.

The Negro Soldier (1943)
Supervisor, Frank Capra; director, Capt. Stuart Heisler. Traces the role of the Negro soldier in American history from 1776 to 1944, and shows the accomplishments of Negro troops. Written by Carlton Moss. 49 min. DVD 8798; also DVD 8711; vhs Video/C 2176
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The 1940s House
One modern family takes on the challenge of domestic life on Britain's home front in 1940s house, a re-creation of a World War II household. This time-travel experiment covers the period from the outbreak of war in 1939 to Victory Day in 1945, compressing the events of six wartime years into two months. Though the military threat is metaphorical, the privations are real and the pressures create tensions nonexistent in modern society. 2004. ca. 3 hrs. DVD 4662

Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries. Directed by Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman. 2007. 90 min. DVD 9884

Nanjing: Memory and Oblivion (Nankin: la memoir et l'oubli)
Although the Nanjing Massacre, a series a war crimes committed by Japanese troops in China's capital during the second Sino-Japanese War, occurred seventy years ago, the nature and extent of these atrocities remains the subject of continuing debate and the source of political tensions between China and Japan. This film uses archival footage and photos, interviews with Chinese survivors and eyewitnesses, former Japanese soldiers, and both Chinese and Japanese government officials, historians and lawyers, to document the events ... and to show how the interpretation of this history has become politicized. A Film by Michaël Prazan. c2006. 53 min. DVD 8649

Nanjing Nightmares
The Japanese subjugation of the capital of China in 1937-38 has been called "The Rape of Nanjing" or the "Nanjing Atrocity." It is considered one of the most brutal, sadistic acts of war in modern history and caused psychological repercussions to succeeding generations of Chinese. This documentary recounts the historical events leading up to the terrifying occupation: the growth of China's capital city, Nanjing; the expansionist ambitions resistance by the Chinese army in the defense of Shanghai. Archival film footage depicts the full horror of the genocide in Nanjing, in which some 300,000 people were killed and 80,000 women were raped, in a one month period. Director, Guo Fangfang 2000. 45 min. Video/C 8786

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A Newsreel History of the Third Reich.
The preponderance of this newsreel footage was seized from the S.S. by the Russians and provides a window into how WWII-era Germans perceived the events of the war, and how Hitler's government (Goebbels' ministry of propaganda), "spun" those events to them. 21 volumes. SEE separate listing of individual installments

Nisei Soldier: Standard Bearer for an Exiled People.
A look at Japanese Americans who fought in the U.S. Army during World War II while their families were imprisoned in internment camps. 29 min. Video/C 1190

Occult History of the Third Reich (c1991)

Part 1: The Enigma of the Swastika. First adopted in 1920, the Swastika was at the very center of the Nazi Party's ideology. This film looks at the swastika's ancient roots in the mysterious religious cults of India and Tibet and explores its adoption by European occultists, notably the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler. 50 min. Video/C 8063

Part 2: The SS, Blood and Soil. The most sinister of all Nazi creations was the black-clad SS. Using newly discovered archive footage, this film explores the world of the SS as its role changed from Hitler's loyal bodyguard into an elite racial aristocracy of unchallenged power in Nazi Germany, based on the doctrines of Aryan superiority. 55 min. Video/C 8064

Part 3: Adolf Hitler. Looks at the strange and terrifying beliefs of Adolf Hitler, his fascination with the origins and rise to power of Aryan man, his obsession with possessing the spear of destiny, and his own messianic plans for the world. 50 min. Video/C 8065

Black Sun: The Mythological Background of National Socialism

Now It Can Be Told
Recreates the top secret missions of British agents behind enemy lines during WWII. The "stars" of the film are the real life secret agents Captain Harry Réne and Jacqueline Nearne, who recreate their wartime missions. In addition to real agents, the film also depicts real procedures and locations used in agent training. Filming began in 1944, although the film was not shown in the cinema before 1946 (as "School for danger"). 1946. 121 min. DVD X4486

Occupation, September 1939-January 1945. (Struggles for Poland; 4)
Documents through archival films, stills, interviews and readings the atrocities perpetrated against the Polish people during WWII. Special segments of this episode also set in relief the role and activities of the Polish Underground; the creation of the Soviet-inspired Communist resistance; and the 280,000 members of the Home Army in Warsaw, which led to an ill-fated uprising against the Germans in 1944. 58 min. Video/C 1247:4 pt. 4

Our Century. Lost Paradise: 1939-1945
Fifth segment in a ten-part series that surveys historical events of the 20th century using Gaumont British newsreel footage. Covers major advances, trends, and tragedies, from political upheavals and passing social crazes to the role of technology, and examines their impacts on the future. This segment documents events from 1939-1945. World War II instigates 6 years of violence, massacres and devastation. In many countries everyday life is reduced to hunger, escape and survival. Footage focuses primarily on the homefront and the resiliency and creativity of the citizens of Europe, Russia and the U.S. in meeting the challenges and heartbreaks of war. Contents Frivilous: Children's war games; women's war work; European fashions; dogs at war; food production and rationing -- Total war: Invention of sonar; women as soldiers -- The arts: Monuments to the dead; Picasso, cinema futurist movement -- Advances: Aviation; munitions -- Preparing: Evacuation of children and elderly; celebrity contributions to war -- To the front: War participation by colonies of England and France; U.S. prepares for war; Americans arrive in france; Pershing -- Social changes: Japan; South Pole exploration; Freud; women at work -- The Great War: Battle scenes; casualties; war memorials. 52 min. DVD X1252

Over the Edge ( Century: Decades of Change. 5, 1936-1941).
Safely watching Europe from across the Atlantic Ocean, many Americans observed the messianic popularity of Hitler and Mussolini and the subsequent outbreak of World War II with dismany. This program explores the six years preceding America's involvement in the war and explores the question: Could the U.S. have resisted involvement and why did American forces fight in another European war? 45 min. Video/C 6358

The Occult History of the Third Reich: Himmler, the Mystic.
Obsessed with astrology and spiritualism, Himmler transformed the SS from Hitler's bodyguard into a mystical order steeped in the Aryan cult and guided by ancient prophecies planned to create a city ruled by SS nobility and inhabited by racially pure Germanic peasant warriors. This extraordinary documentary explores the strange beliefs of the Reichsfuhrer SS and his black-uniformed elite and their origins in the shady world of secret societies, mystics and clairvoyants. 55 min. Video/C 7611

The Pacific
Tracks the extraordinary true-life WWII experiences of three men and their fellow Marines from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, and to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.

Disc 1. Part 1. [Guadalcanal/Leckie] / written by Bruce C. McKenna ; directed by Tim Van Patten ; Part 2. [Basilone] / written by Bruce C. McKenna ; directed by David Nutter -- Disc 2. Part 3. [Melbourne] / written by George Pelecanos and Michelle Ashford ; directed by Jeremy Podeswa ; Part 4. [Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika] / written by Robert Schenkkan and Graham Yost ; directed by Graham Yost -- Disc. 3. Part 5. [Peleliu Landing] / written by Laurence Andries and Bruce C. McKenna ; directed by Carl Franklin ; Part 6. [Peleliu Airfield]/ written by Bruce C. McKenna and Laurence Andries and Robert Schenkkan ; directed by Tony To -- Disc 4. Part 7. [Peleliu Hills] / written by Bruce C. McKenna ; directed by Tim Van Patten ; Part 8. [Iwo Jima] / written by Robert Schenkkan and Michelle Ashford ; directed by David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa -- Disc 5. Part 9. [Okinawa] / written by Bruce C. McKenna ; directed by Tim Van Patten ; Part 10. [Home] / written by Bruce C. McKenna and Robert Schenkkan ; directed by Jeremy Podeswa -- Disc. 6. Special features: Profiles of The Pacific ; Making The Pacific / executive producers, Chris Spencer, Karen Sands ; Anatomy of the Pacific War. Cast James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello, Jon Seda, Jon Bernthal, Joshua Bitton, Tom Budge, Linda Cropper, Caroline Dhavernas, Josh Helman, Ashton Holmes, Toby Leonard Moore, Henry Nixon, Keith Nobbs, Conor O'Farrell, Jacob Pitts, William Sadler, Ian Meadows, Nate Corddry, Matt Craven, Brendan Fletcher, Leon Willem Ford, Scott Gibson, Rami Malek, Martin McCann, Gary Sweet, Anna Torv, Dylan Young, Dwight Braswell, Annie Parisse, Noel Fisher, Betty Buckley, Josh Close, Brandon Keener ; narrator, Tom Hanks. HBO, 2010. 530 min. DVD X5043

Cunningham, Douglas A. "The Pacific." Journal of American History, Dec2010, Vol. 97 Issue 3, p897-900, 4p UC users only
Brinkley, Douglas. "The World According To Tom." Time, 3/15/2010, Vol. 175 Issue 10, p40-45, 6p UC users only
Frank, Richard B. "An Overdue Pacific War Perspective." Naval History, Apr2010, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Franklin, Nancy. "Hell on Earth." New Yorker, 3/15/2010, Vol. 86 Issue 4, p68-70, 3p UC users only

Pearl Harbor. 1996.

Tora, Tora, Tora: The True Story of Pearl Harbor. In December of 1941, "tora, tora, tora" was the code phrase that unleashed one of history's most devastating surprise attacks. But the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor also awakened the "sleeping giant" of American military might, and in the process, sealed Japan's fate. This documentary presents the real story behind Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor as told through the unique perspectives offered by the vivid recollections of combatants on both sides. Special features: Pearl Harbor facts, interactive menus, scene selection. Programs originally aired on the History Channel in 1996. 100 min. DVD 794

Admiral Chester Nimitz: Thunder of the Pacific. Presents the life of Chester Nimitz, Fleet Admiral and leader of the campaign in the Central Pacific during World War II. In the wake of the devastating destruction of Pearl Harbor, he held the Navy together while America struggled to rebound. Taking command of the Navy in the Pacific he welded a shattered fleet into a hard-hitting force and eventually led the United States to victory in the Pacific. Special features: bonus program "America's five-star heroes: the Pacific Commanders" ; interactive menus; scene selection. Originally aired on the History Channel in 1996 as: Biography: Admiral Chester Nimitz. 50 min. DVD 795

Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941. 2001.

Pearl Harbor, Volume 1. Contents: Kamikaze (IRJA Films; producer, Perry Wolff 1961, 86 min.): Documents the Pacific War through Allied and Japanese newsreel film, beginning with Japanese preparations before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ending with the U.S. dropping the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Includes footage on the Japanese home front before Pearl Harbor and raises questions as to why the U.S. was not aware that Pearl Harbor might be bombed. Evidence is given that enemy planes were sighted earlier and messages were decoded, both in time to give plenty of warning. Know Your Enemy, Japan (Director, Frank Capra; 1945, 64 min.): An American propaganda film designed to give the American soldier a look into the mentality of the enemy in Japan. 152 min. DVD 613

Pearl Harbor, Volume 2. Contents: December 7, 1941 (U. S. War Dept., Special Service Division; director, John Ford; 1943, 34 min.): A recreation combining actual footage and historically accurate dramatized footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor Newsreel: Special report on the Pearl Harbor attack. Formal Japanese Surrender: Newsreel footage of the Japanese surrender from Tokyo Bay and the USS Missouri. Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter: An Air Force training film that dramatizes how to distinguish the Japanese Zero fighter plane from the American P-40 plane (U.S. Army Air Forces Motion Picture Unit; cast, Ronald Reagan; 1943, 18 min.). 74 min. DVD 614

Pearl Harbor, Volume 3. Contents: Appointment in Tokyo (Produced by Army Pictorial Service, the Army Air Forces and the U.S. Navy (1950, 55 min.): A documentary covering the entire American Pacific campaign under the leadership of General MacArthur from the Bataan retreat to the surrender of Japan. Many of the film's more unforgettable scenes are taken from captured official Japanese newsreels. Japan's Air War (30 min.): From the Asian mainland and newly liberated islands, American airborne firepower hammers at Japan itself. Dizzying film sequences include awesome bombing missions and aerial dogfights and the incredibly destructive weapon -- the atom bomb. 86 min. DVD 615; also on DVD 41 and DVD 5802

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Pearl Harbor, Volume 4. Contents: Iwo Jima: Invaluable as a forward U.S. airbase, the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima became the scene of earth-shaking bombardments and an epic bloody battle. A mountain redoubt, Kamikaze attacks and loose sand that bogged down troops and vehicles complicated the five week American assault against the Japanese defenders. Okinawa: American and Japanese footage provides a close-up view of another intense island battle. An amphibious landing of unprecedented size by American troops sought to claim a new base from which to disrupt Japanese supply lines. Ferocious combat sequences tell of the Okinawa offensive step by step, including Kamikaze raids and infantry action in atrociously difficult weather. (Film sources: U.S. Dept of Defense, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps; script, Fred Feldkamp; producer, Arthur B. Tourtellot -- Okinawa) 60 min. DVD 616

Pearl Harbor, Volume 5. Contents: Rise of the Japanese Empire : In 1931 when Japan invaded Manchuria the Manchurians were forced to exploit their own nation's resources and infrastructure to the invaders' benefit. Meanwhile, the Japanese militarists eagerly planned the surprise bombing raid on Pearl Harbor that incited America to go to war in the Pacific. Surrender and Occupation of Japan: Extensive footage documents military, political and social events in Japan following the end of WWII. Sequences include Japan's formal surrender aboard the battleship Missouri, the war crimes tribunals in Tokyo and extensive changes in Japanese culture and politics. Both films include American and Japanese newsreel footage. (Film sources: U.S. Dept of Defense, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps; script, Fred Feldkamp; producer, Arthur B. Tourtellot -- Surrender and occupation of Japan). 60 min. DVD 617

The Perilous Fight:America's World War II in Color
Brings America's World War II wartime experience, on the battlefield and at home, vividly and intimately to life. The series combines original color film footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters written by people who were part of an unforgettable period of history. Contents: Infamy: 1919-1942 / written & produced by Martin Smith -- Battlefronts: 1942-1944 / written & produced by Scott Pearson -- Wrath: D-Day to VE-Day / written & produced by Greg Palmer -- Triumph: The Pacific 1943-1945 / written & produced by Martin Smith. Special features: Excerpts from four original World War II documentaries including a Pearl Harbor re-enactment and "The Battle of Midway" by John Ford, and from "Meet the Enemy" and "The last bomb." 220 min. DVD 6614

Priest of the Airwaves: Father Coughlin & His Radio Broadcasts[Sound recording]
The excerpted broadcasts of Father Coughlin's regular Sunday program include his promotion of U.S. neutrality in the developing war situation in Europe, his stances against communism and Nazi-ism, and his response to charges against him of anti-Semitism. 22 hrs., 35 min. Sound/D 212

Prisoners Among Us: Italian-American Identity & World War II
Chronicles the experiences of Italian-Americans and Italian prisoners of war during World War II, and their into American culture. Includes historical photographs, archival footage, literature, music, poetry, and personal interviews. 2003. 110 min. DVD 2810

The Rear Gunner (1943)
Director: Ray Enright. Cast: Burgess Meredith, Ronald Reagan. Documentary-style drama on training of aerial rear gunners in World War II. Private PeeWee Williams, a Kansas farm boy, transforms his home-grown shooting skills into those necessary to an aerial gunner in the tail turret of: an American bomber. 20 min. DVD X2865
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The Restless Conscience: Resistance to Hitler within Germany 1933-1945
This documentary examines the activities of the anti-Nazi resistance within Germany from 1933 to 1944. It highlights the tension between the individual's responsibility to a personal ethical code and to a national political system. Written, produced, and directed by Hava Kohav Beller. 1991. 113 min. DVD X7156

Reunion (Le Retour)
An account of the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. Included is the removal of the prisoners to temporary hospitals and pictures of joyful reunions with families and friends in Paris. Produced by the U.S. Information Service, Paris, in cooperation with the U.S. Army; directed by Henri Cartier-Bresson. 1946. 21 min. Video/C MM470

The Sorrow and the Pity.
A film by Max Ophuls. A documentary examining the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences and interviews of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance and shows antisemitism through stark, moving newsreel footage. 260 min. DVD 672; vhs Video/C 4280

[Speer, Albert] Speer und Er: Hitlers Architekt und Rustungsminister.
This German television docudrama is a reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being Hitler's minister for war production. Teil 1: Germania, der Wahn, erzahlt den Aufstieg und Fall von Hitlers Lieblingsarchitekten, der zu seinem Kriegsorganisator wurde und als Spitzentechnokrat die Dauer des Krieges wesentlich verlangerte.--Teil 2: Nurnberg, der Prozess, lasst das gesamte Personal der Nurnberger Kriegsverbrecher-Prozesse in einem spannungsvollen Nebeneinander aus authentischen Filmprotokollen und Nachinszenierungen auftreten.--Teil 3: Spandau, die Strafe, konzentriert sich auf Speers zwanzig Jahre im Spandauer Gefangnis. Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Dagmar Manzel, Susanne Schafer. Includes an additional 90 min. documentary film entitled "Nachspiel: die Tauschung" that follows Speer's life after his imprisonment. Special features: Making of (89 min.); Interviews (28 min.); deleted scenes (32 min.) In German without English subtitles. 270 min. DVD 5555

Footage and eyewitness accounts from both the German and the Russian perspectives tell the story of the Battle of Stalingrad, which sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians, and marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. Contents: The attack / written and directed by Jörg Müllner and Sebastian Dehnhardt (54 min.) -- The Kessel / written and directed by Christian Deick and Sebastian Dehnhardt (56 min.) -- The doom / written and directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt and Manfred Oldenburg (55 min.). Special features: "Recollections": deleted interview segments ; interview with Dr. Guido Knopp, professor and historian ; Stalingrad today: views of the city of Volgograd. 2003. 165 min. DVD X2849

The Tanks Are Coming(1941)
Directed by B. Reeves Eason. Cast: George Tobias, Richard Travis, Gig Young, Frank Wilcox. In spring, 1941, President Roosevelt orders increased military readiness. Malowski, a good-humored New York City cabbie, drives his cab Betsy to Fort Knox, Tennessee, to enlist. He learns tank mechanics, driving, and weapons firing. On the eve of their first maneuvers, in mid June, a sergeant who used to be a traffic cop turns in Malowski for having the taxi on the base. The base commander tells Malowski he'll have to get rid of her. He stashes Betsy in an old shed, then the maneuvers begin. How will Malowski fare? What about Betsy? Behind Malowski's story, the narrator gives lots of information about the growing power of the U.S. armed forces. 20 min. Included as supplement on DVD X2865
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The Summer of 1940: CBS European War News /[Sound recording]
Contains WWII radio broadcasts by CBS during the summer of 1940 from the fall of France to the Battle of Britain. 420 min. Sound/D 208

Uses home movie footage shot by Eva Braun, Nazi propaganda films, and other film footage of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s to document how Hitler and the Germans viewed themselves and wished themselves to be seen. Directed by Philippe Mora. 1973. 95 min. DVD X6018

Target for Tonight. (1945)
Released by the British Ministry of Information. Written and directed by Harry Watt. This exceptional British film was given special recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 1941 Academy Awards presentations. In documentary realism, it shows aBritish bomber attack deep into Germany and reflects the concerns and support for that attack. This film is the true story of themen and women who planned and executed the nightly bombing raids on Germany during World War II. 39 min. DVD 5802; Video/C 5026

Paris, Michae. "The RAF on screen 1940-42." History Today, Aug90, Vol. 40, Issue 8 UC users only

Television Under the Swastika
A fascinating look at the world's first broadcast TV network Deutscher Fernseh-Rundfunk (Greater German Television) during its operation from 1935 to 1944. Making use of 285 reels of film discovered in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, it explores both the technology behind this new medium and the programming the Nazis chose. Programing included interviews with high-ranking Nazis as well as "ordinary" people on the street, cooking shows, sporting events, cabaret acts and teleplays ... all of it propaganda. This film also features interviews with former reporter, Heinz Riek. Written and directed by Michael Kloft. 1999. 52 min. DVD X37

The Third Reich in Color
Rare color footage assembled from various private and state collections gives views of Hitler with his inner circle, Nazi festivals, rallies and pageants, and wartime coverage from almost every major campaign of the war -- the Blitzkriegs of Poland, Norway, Yugoslavia, the invasion of Russia, Afrika Korps troops in Tunisia, day to day life of German soldiers, D-Day and the final desperate defense of Germany and the fall of Berlin. Special features: Color feature: "Reichshauptstadt Berlin" showing rare scenes of Pre-World War II Berlin ; rare posters: "Night of the Amazons," and "1937 World exhibition in Paris." 100 min. DVD 1409

This Film Is Restricted, World War II "Secrets" Revealed.
Contains formerly classified U.S. government films of combat footage and other operations by the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II, originally produced for the information of commanding generals and their immediate staff. Originally produced between 1940 and 1945 as: Combat Bulletin: military operations on all fronts, U.S. Army Pictorial Service. c1997.

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 1.
Film subjects: Building pillboxes in Italy, operations at Los Negros, Phillipines, embarkation for Anzio, captured enemy tanks and landmines, the work of infantrymen, and beachhead operations. Contents: Battle of Cassino -- Japs and jungle (Philippines) -- Stop that tank (captured Japanese tanks) -- B29 bombers -- In the South Pacific -- New land mine problem -- Modern day specialists (Infantrymen) -- Beachhead operations (Europe). 62 min. Video/C 7738

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 2.
Film subjects: Combat footage and support services of Allied forces in France, Burma, the Pacific Islands, Italy, New Guinea, and Belgium. Contents: Invasion of Southern France -- Operations in Northern France -- Operations in Burma -- Japanese Attack on U.S. Task Force (Pacific Area) -- Progress in Southern France -- Activities in Italy -- Bridge over Salween River (Burma) -- Cleanup in New Guinea, France, Belgium and others. 58 min. Video/C 7739

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 3.
Film subjects: Siegfried Line, Rhine Bridge seized, Battle for Lorraine, the "Gothic Line" cracked, the Pacific War steps up, aerial bombing of German ships in the Channel, ordnance, support services, and Toulon Harbor installations. Contents: Mediterranean 5th Army pierces Gothic Line -- German Installations -- Invasion of Marotai Island -- B29s in operation -- Allies capture more French ports -- Allied Armies drive on Germany -- Channel coast activities (Allied aerial attacks on German ships) -- Ordnance repairs -- German frontline operations -- Additional film airborne operations -- Toulon harbor installations. 46 min. Video/C 7740

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 4.
Film subjects: Yanks in Germany, the Third and Seventh Army meet, the British take Antwerp, buzz bombs halted, Nazis give up, Glider pick-ups, the liberation of Greece, and other activities in the European Theater. Contents: Operations in France (Brest) -- 20,000 Germans surrender -- New flying bomb launching sites -- Allies move on Germany -- Nazis surrender -- Airborne operations -- Activities in European Theater of operations -- Glider pick-up at Eindhoven (Netherlands) -- Air Force fighter kills -- Liberation of Greece. 45 min. Video/C 7741

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 5.
Film subjects: Activities in the European theater of operations including front line steel production, bombed Belgium rail networks, the 1st and 9th Armies in Europe, the Italian front, Aachen, Vosges and Warsaw fighting, and on the Asian front training in jungle fighting and survival, activities in the Philippines in Ormoc and Manila Bay and operations in Burma. Contents: Activities in European theater: RAF sinks Tirpitz -- Front line steel production -- Bombed Belgium rail networks -- Allied armies face rain and snow -- Rain slows Allied armies -- Burma operations: building a board road -- Activities in European theater: Aachen front -- Vosges Mountain front -- Snapshooting course for jungle fighters -- Italian front -- Fighting in Warsaw suburbs -- School for jungle life (Burma) -- 509th and 1st Armies drive closer -- Pacific Island icebox -- Activities in the Philippines: Advance toward Ormoc Road -- Carrier strikes in Ormoc and Manila Bay. min. Video/C 7742

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 6.
Film subjects: The 9th Army in Germany, fighting in Antwerp, Malaria control in Corsica, B-29 and Black Widow bombers, operations in the Philippine Islands, the Mediterranean, Burma, the European theater and one seized German film on work mobilization in Germany. Contents: Activities in the European theater: 9th Army front -- Port of Antwerp -- 8th Airforce fighter kills -- Malaria control in Corsica -- B-29 crash in China -- Jap phosphorous bombs -- Capture Bhamo, Burma road link -- Japs raid Saipan B-29 base -- GI's get whole blood from states -- Black Widow bomber and "Jato" -- Activities in Burma -- Activities in China: Liuchow -- Operations in the Philippine Islands: Ormoc landings -- Troops land in Mindoro -- Mediterranean activities in Italy -- Seized German film on work mobilization -- First phase of German counter offensive. 59 min. Video/C 7743

World War II "Secrets" Revealed: Volume 7.
Film subjects: War footage in the Philippine Islands, Burma, France, Germany, Japan, Belgium and Italy. Also includes the air ferry route to Siberia, the Bailey assault bridge, captured Nazi films of action in the Baltic Coast area, and the meeting of Allied leaders in Malta and Yalta. Contents: Activities on Mindoro and Layte -- Air ferry route to Siberia -- Advance in Burma -- Nazi version of action in the East (Baltic Coast) -- Nazi factories in Paris subway -- Duran counter offensive -- Bomb damage in Strasbourg -- Additional films of Battle of the Bulge -- Meeting of Allied leaders (Malta and Yalta) -- Nazi shipping attacked along Norwegian Coast -- New aircrew oxygen problems -- St. Nazaire truce for civilian evacuation -- Capture of St. Vith -- Boots improved to fight trench foot -- Cub planes in snow -- Bailey assault bridge -- Activities in Burma -- Army-Navy planes hit Japanese installations -- Operations in the Philippines. 52 min. Video/C 7744

Total War, 1939-47. WWII and the Home Front. (People's Centuiry).
The Second World War was the first modern conflict in which millions more civilians died than soldiers. In this film, eyewitnesses from Britain, Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan and the United States tell the story of the civilians who suffered and died. Residents of Plymouth, Tokyo, and Hamburg remember the air raids; Russian peasants recall the siege of Leningrad; Japanese soldiers and Korean slave-laborers describe the brutality of war in Asia. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5551

True Glory
Official War Department film documentary covering the World War II campaign in Europe from D-day to V-E Day, shot by combat cameramen of many nations and featuring personal stories told by civilians and soldiers about the war effort. Includes an introduction by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Originally released as motion picture in 1945 by U.S. Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directors, Garson Kanin, Carol Reed. Commentary: Carol Reed, Garson Kanin, Richard Attenborough, Arthur MacRae, Francoise Rosay, Jimmy Hanley, Frank Harvey, Peter Ustinov, John Laurie. 271 min. DVD 3009; also on DVD 5802

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Chapman, James. "'The Yanks Are Shown to Such Advantage': Anglo-American rivalry in the production of ' The True Glory' (1945)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 16, Issue 4 October 1996 , pages 533 - 554 UC users only
Krome, Frederic. "The True Glory and the Failure of Anglo-American Film Propaganda in the Second World War." Journal of Contemporary History 1998 33(1): 21-34. UC users only

Tunisian Victory(1944)
British Film Unit, U.S. Army Signal Corps; director, Frank Capra; with Burgess Meredith and Bernard Miles. 76 min. DVD 5802
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Agee, James. "Films" Nation; 3/25/1944, Vol. 158 Issue 13, p373-374, 2p UC users only
Aldgate, Tony. "Mr Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra, the British Army Film Unit, and Anglo-American travails in the production of 'Tunisian Victory'." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 11, Issue 1 1991 , pages 21 - 39 UC users only
Krome, Frederic. "Tunisian Victory and Anglo-American film propaganda in World War II." Historian, Spring96, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p517, 13p UC users only

Ultimate Power: The Race. (Century: Events that Shaped the World.)
In a devastating instant at Hiroshima, the world was propelled into the age of nuclear armaments. This program, set against the backdrop of World War II, documents the race to invent the atomic bomb: the allied scientists who made it possible, the technological hurdles they overcame, the deep moral issues they confronted, and the responsibility they accepted knowingly or unknowingly for the fate of the free world. 42 min. Video/C 6345

Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection (Volume I)
Contents: To the shores of Iwo Jima / USA Information Service (1945, col., 19 min.) -- Divide and conquer / U.S. War Dept (1943, b&w, 14 min.) -- Private Snafu: The home front / Warner Bros. Cartoons (1943, b&w, 5 min.) -- You, John Jones! / starring James Cagney, Ann Sothern, Margaret O'Brien (10 min ; b&w, 1944) -- The house I live in / Frank Sinatra (1945, b&w, 10 min.) -- Rookie revue (1945, col., 8 min.) -- Thunderbolt / U.S. War Dept ; directed by William Wyler, John Sturges, narrated by Lloyd Bridges, Eugene Kern (1945, col., 40 min.).

To the shores of Iwo Jima: A documentary on the invasion of Iwo Jima. Divide and conquer: Examines Hitler's propaganda techniques. Excellent example of wartime propaganda films produced by major studios. Private Snafu: The home front: This WWII cartoon series has Pvt. Snafu homesick and imagining what might be happening on the home front. You, John Jones!: A starkly dramatic short portraying patriotism and duty on the American home front. The House I live in: Frank Sinatra's famous Academy Award winning short dealing with post-war racism and antisemitism. A young Sinatra gives street kids a pep talk and sings the title song. Rookie revue: A zany WWII cartoon spoofs basic training techniques as new recruits go through the drill. Thunderbolt: Gritty documentary chronicles the 57th Fightergroup and the air war over Italy showing P-47's destroying vital supply routes behind German lines. Video/C 7091 (Thunderbolt also on DVD 5802)

Uncle Adolf
More than any other historical documents, it is the personal private letters written by a people to 'their' dictator, Adolf Hitler, that provide the most intimate glimpses of the history of the Third Reich. A cache of more than 100,000 such letters was recently found, hidden in a secret Russian archive. The uncensored letters, which include declarations of loyalty, love letters and the occasional words of protest, reveal the true feelings of the German people - their hopes, longings and fears. Based on "Letters to Hitler" by Henrik Eberle. Directed by Mathias von der Heide, Michael Kloft. 2010. 60 min. DVD X6733

Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection (Volume II)
Contents: Battle of Midway / director, John Ford ; narrator, Henry Fonda (1942, col., 18 min.) -- Women in defense / written by Eleanor Roosevelt, narrator, Katharine Hepburn (1941, 13 min.) -- Private Snafu: fighting tools / Warner Bros. Cartoons (1943, 5 min.) -- White cliffs of Dover / sung by Sugar Kane (1942, 3 min.) -- Diary of a sergeant / starring Harold Russell (1945, 26 min.) -- Autobiography of a jeep (1943, 9 min.) -- This is Korea / directed by John Ford (1951, col., 49 min.).

Battle of Midway: Documentary on the Battle of Midway including footage of naval and aerial operations. Women in defense: A newsreel produced to promote the contributions of women in the U.S. war effort. Contains footage of women performing jobs traditionally reserved for men. Private Snafu: fighting tools: The World War II cartoon character gets a lesson on the importance of keeping his equipment in tip-top shape. White cliffs of Dover: Singer Sugar Kane delivers a patriotic performance concerning war sentiment abroad. Diary of a sergeant: An inspirational documentary about the treatment of an amputee in an Army hospital and his rehabilitation including his manipulation of artificial arms and hands. Autobiography of a jeep: Narrated by the jeep itself this is a lighthearted look at its design to meet military needs for maneuverability, light weight and compactness. This is Korea: A documentary made during the Korean War containing footage of rare aircraft and Marine Corps ground action. Video/C 7627

Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection (Volume III)
Contents: With the marines at Tarawa / combat photographers, 2nd Marine Division (1943, col., 20 min.) -- Hollywood canteen / Dinah Shore (1944, 5 min.) -- Jap zero / Ronald Reagan (1942, 17 min.) -- Japanese relocation / U.S. Office of War Information (1942, 9 min.) -- Private Snafu in the Aleutians / Warner Bros. Cartoons (1945, 4 min.) -- Report from the Aleutians / U.S. War Dept., producer, John Huston (1943, col, 47 min.)-- Newsparade of 1945 (1945, 9 min.).

With the Marines at Tarawa: Filmed by 15 combat Marines documents this bloody battle from original planning to final execution. Hollywood canteen: Dinah Shore parodies a popular song and rubs elbows at a Hollywood bash attended by prominent stars. Jap zero: A youthful pilot played by Ronald Reagan almost shoots down one of our own planes in a case of mistaken identity. Japanese relocation: An official government film that attempts to put a respectful spin on the removal of 110,000 persons of Japanese descent from the Pacific Coast to American concentration camps. Private Snafu in the Aleutians: Cartoon character Private Snafu endures the hardships of a hostile environment. Report from the Aleutians: Documents the daily lives of soldiers in the remote Aleutians during WWII, showing the weather, boredom, and loneliness endured by the men, as well as a bombing raid on Japanese held Kiska Island. Newsparade of 1945: Newsreel compilation of the decisive events leading to victory over the German and Japanese forces. Video/C 7628 (Report from the Aleutians and Jap Zero also on DVD 5802)

Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection (Volume IV)
Contents: United News of 1944 (1945, 8 min.) -- Private Snafu: Spies (1944, 4 min.) -- Japanese Americans (1945, 7 min.) -- Wings for this man (1945, 10 min.) -- Who died? (1945, 5 min.) -- V-1 (1945, 8 min.) -- Combat America (1945, 62 min.)

Private Snafu--spies: In this animated feature Private Snafu learns that "a slip of the lip" can indeed sink a ship, as he drunkenly tells all to the wrong person. Japanese Americans: Chronicles the role of the nisei soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment in the Italian campaign. Wings for this man: Tells the story of the black Tuskegee Airmen and follows their training. Narrated by Ronald Reagan. Who died? Typical of the emotional short subjects produced to tug heartstrings, stir consciences and prompt contributions to the war effort. V-1: Depicts German use of V-1 rockets, devastating cities and raining death and destruction in a final effort to bring the British to their knees. Combat America: Clark Gable narrates and appears in this hour length documentary which chronicles activities of the 351st Bombardment Group, stationed in England. Video/C MM177

Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection (Volume V)
Contents: Freedom comes high (1943, 13 min.) -- So's your old man (1943, 6 min.) -- Ring of steel (1942, 9 min.) -- Wings up (1943, 21 min.) -- Army/Navy screen magazine (1943/44, 13 min.) -- Infantry blues (1943, 4 min.) -- Baptism of fire (1943, 36 min.).

Freedom comes high: Inspired story of a husband fighting in the Pacific while his wife works in a defense plant at home. So's your old man: Dramatization shows how age didn't matter on the home front, that the old man could still volunteer for homeland duty. Ring of steel: Directed by Garson Kanin and narrated by Spencer Tracy, presents a salute to the American soldier with a portrayal of soldiers down through history. Wings up: Narrated by Captain Clark Gable and featuring Robert Preston and Gilbert Roland, this documentary depicts the rigors of training at the Officer's Candidate School. Army/Navy screen magazine: G.I. Journal segment featuring Kay Kaiser, Lucille Ball, Jerry Colonna and Linda Darnell. Follow-the-bouncing ball in a Showtime segment starring Joy Hodges. Infantry blues: In this animated short Private Snafu contemplates what life might be like in the other branches of the military. Baptism of fire: Created specifically for war industry workers, portrays the brutal realities of blitzkrieg warfare. 1944 Oscar nominee for "best documentary.". Video/C MM178

Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection (Volume VI)
Contents: It's everybody's war (1945, 15 min.) -- Last will and testament of Tom Smith (1943, 11 min.) -- Truth about taxes (1939, 11 min.) -- Hell-bent for election (1944,13 min.) -- Tomorrow television (1945, 12 min.) --Olympics of 1936 (1936, 7 min.) -- Hollywood victory caravan (1945, 20 min.).

It's everybody's war: Henry Fonda narrates this reminder to the Americans to stay focused on the war raging in the Pacific. Last will and testament of Tom Smith: While awaiting execution, a captured American pilot recalls his life at home. Stars George Reeves, Lionel Barrymore and Walter Brennan. Truth about taxes: Made before the war, this Republican National Committee-produced short is an indictment of Roosevelt's "New Deal.". Hell-bent for election: Directed by Chuck Jones, this animated political cartoon is a Democratic party appeal to "get behind the president and stay the course to victory." Presents Franklin D. Roosevelt as a sleek express train and his rival Thomas Dewey as a worn-out old steam train. Tomorrow television: This postwar career opportunity film is a fascinating short providing a glimpse of the early days of television. Olympics of 1936: Presents newsreel highlights of the 1936 games, aka "The Hitler games," featuring American track star Jesse Owens. Hollywood victory caravan: A splashy star-studded musical fundraiser featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck and Humphrey Bogart. Video/C MM179

The Unknown Soldier
The crimes against humanity commited by the Nazi regime are often thought of as the work directed by leaders such as Himmler or Hitler. "Ordinary" German soldiers are not often seen as anything other than their pawns. Until now. Documents Germany's controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition, which for the first time ever reveals the personal letters, photographs and film footage implicating the common soldier of horrific acts. A film by Michael Verhoeven. 2007. 97 min. DVD X6000

An Untold Triumph: The Story of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, U.S. Army
During World War II, 7,000 Filipino Americans volunteered their services to the U.S. Army and helped liberate their homeland from Japanese occupation. Director Noel M. Izon captures their stories through the voices of the verterans themselves-- only half of whom are still alive today-- and delivers touching personal accounts of the men's contributions and sacrifices during the war. Director, Noel M. Izon. 2005. 56 min. DVD X3225

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Victory at Sea.
Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy. Originally released by NBC in 1952-53 as a 26 part documentary TV series. DVD 3059

Design for war: Details the events occurring at the beginning of the war, including the German invasion of Europe, the spread of propaganda, and the development of American opinion about the European war. Focuses on the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1941, to emphasize the nature of fighting a war on and under water and the importance of the defense of Britian's waterways. Also examines the role that North American Armed Forces played in defending Britain, Greenland and Iceland. DVD 3059
Pacific boils over: Details the philosophy behind Japan's aggression on Pearl Harbor and examines the factors that allowed Japan to take the U.S. naval base by surprise. Discusses the breakdown of U.S. and Japanese negotiations before the attack. Shows the peaceful activities taking place at Pearl Harbor prior to the attack, the destruction of the attack and its impact on the war. DVD 3059
Sealing the breach: Rare live-action film footage from the Allied and Axis governments show American and Allied naval operations against Axis submaries in the Pacific from 1941-43.Midway is east: Describes Japanese victories at Hong Kong, Singapore, Bataan, Corregidor and the Philippines. Pictures Coral Sea and Midway Battles and explains the Allied strategy. DVD 3059
Mediterranean mosaic: Features the high points of the war on land and sea in Gibralter and Malta, as recorded in footage taken by Allied and enemy combat photographers. DVD 3059
Guadalcanal: Explains the strategic importance of Guadalcanal Island, the efforts of the Japanese to build a base to cut off supplies from the U.S. to New Zealand and Australia and the battle that allowed the U.S to secure the island as a supply base. Also illustrates activities that supported the war effort back in the U.S. including military training and industrial production. DVD 3059
Rings around Rabaul: Shows the bombing of Bougainville, the landing of the U.S. Marines, their victory and the follow-up of the CB's, whose motto was "battlefield today, airfield tomorrow." DVD 3059
Mare nostrum: Reviews elements in the struggle for control of the Mediterranean and of North Africa. Begins with Italy's entry into the war, attacking Greece. Covers the German offensive on Suez, including Rommel's Blitzkrieg in the desert and the eventual cutting of his supply lines, which turned the tide in favor of the Allied victory. DVD 3060
Sea and sand: Looks at the first major Allied victory in the war against the Axis. The showdown for the Mediterranean, Tunis, Bizerte, Suez and the end of Axis power in Africa. DVD 3060
Beneath the southern cross: Features the high points of the war on land and sea in the South Atlantic. DVD 3060
Magnetic North: Features the high points of the war in the North on land and sea from Murmansk to Alaska. DVD 3060
Conquest of Micronesia: Through U.S. Navy footage of the war on the small islands of the Pacific, shows how the islands were won by carrier based air squadrons and intense slow land battles. DVD 3060
Melanesian nightmare: Presents original footage of the effort to deny the Japanese a strong hold on New Guinea and to drive them from the Bismarck Sea north of New Guinea. DVD 3060
Roman renaissance: Highlights events of the Mediterranean fronts, including the battles of Salerno, Cassino and Anzio. DVD 3061
D-Day: Discusses the planning, execution and impact of D-Day. Illustrates how the Allied troops developed an air and amphibious strategy to break Germany's stronghold on Europe, and took over England as a camp from which they would carry out the invasion. Explains the challenges that the Allies had to overcome, including the military genius of the German army, weather and terrain. Also shows coverage of this event by the U.S. media. DVD 3061
Killers and the Killed: Through historical footage, looks at the Battle of the Atlantic, in particular the threat of the German U-boats which were met with a concerted air-sea counter-attack. DVD 3061
Turkey shoot: Looks at the high points of the conquest of the Marianas and in particular the island of Guam, which became an important staging base for the Pacific War. DVD 3061
Two if by sea: Tells the story of the landing and fierce fight to remove the Japanese from the rugged terrain of Peleliu and Angaur Islands. DVD 3061
Battle for Leyte Gulf: U.S. Admiral Halsey is lured from the main battle for the Philip Admirals Toyoda and Kurita, in this largest navalbattle in history that resulted in the defeat of the Japanese navy. DVD 3061
Return of the Allies: Shows the destruction and challenging terrain the Allies encountered when they arrived in the Philippines in 1945. Emphasizes the numerous, unrecognized battles that finally insured Filipinos their desired freedom. DVD 3061
Full fathom five: Focuses on the psychological aspects of living and fighting war in a submarine, as well as strategies behind submarine warfare. Explains thrios the submarines encountered and shows American submarines destroying Japanese merchant ships in the Pacific War. DVD 3062
Fate of Europe: Describes the Russian drive into the Crimean, the Allied invasion of Normandy and the advance up the Rhone Valley. Covers the surrender in Southern France and includes footage of the Yalta Conference. DVD 3062
Target Suribachi: Details the events of the battle at Iwo Jima, which had to be taken by the Allies to launch the final air attacks against Japan. Describes the most concentrated naval bombardment of the war and the great fire raids that consumed Japan. DVD 3062

The War.
A film by Ken Burns. Aeven part series telling the story of ordinary people during WWII in four quintessentially American towns - Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota. Narrated by Keith David, with Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, Bobby Cannavale, Samuel L. Jackson, Eli Wallach, Adam Arkin, Kevin Conway, Rebecca Holtz, Carolyn McCormick, Robert Wahlberg. Originally broadcast by PBS in 2002. DVD 8536

Necessary War The first episode in a seven part series telling the story of ordinary people during WWII in four quintessentially American towns - Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota. This episode covers December 1941 through December 1942, as the tranquil lives of Americans are shattered with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the beginning of America's involvement in WWII. 145 min.

When Things Get Tough This episode covers January 1943 through December 1943. Americans mobilize for total war at home and overseas. Factories hum around the clock, while in North Africa and then Italy, inexperienced GIs learn how to fight. Meanwhile, in the skies over Europe, thousands of American airmen gamble their lives in daylight bombing runs. 117 min.

A Deadly calling. This episode covers November 1943 through June 1944. Americans are shocked by terrible losses on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, while in Italy Allied forces are stalled for months at Monte Cassino, and a risky landing at Anzio fails utterly. At home, as overcrowded "war towns" boom, economic transformation leads to confrontation and ugly racial violence. 117 min.

Pride of Our Nation. This episode covers June 1944 through August 1944. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 1.5 million Allied troops take part in the greatest invasion in history, but then bog down in the Norman hedgerows for weeks. Saipan proves the costliest Pacific battle to date, while back home dreaded telegrams from the War Department begin arriving at an inconceivable rate. 140 min.

FUBAR This episode covers September 1944 through December 1944. Victory in Europe seems imminent, but in Holland, the Vosges Mountains, and the Hurtgen Forest, GIs learn painful lessons as old as war itself -- that generals make plans, plans go wrong and soldiers die. Meanwhile, on the island of Peleliu, the Marines fight one of the most brutal and unnecessary battles of the Pacific. 128 min.

Ghost Front This episode covers December 1944 through March 1945. American's are shocked by Hitler's massive counterattack in the Ardennes Forest -- but by mid March, 1945, they are across the Rhine, while the Russians are 50 miles from Berlin. In the Pacific, after weeks of desperate fighting, Iwo Jima is secured, and American bombers begin a full-fledged air assault on Japan. 122 min.

World Without War This episode covers March 1945 through December 1945. A few weeks after the death of President Roosevelt shocks the country, Germany surrenders. Meanwhile, American sailors, soldiers and Marines endure the worst battle of the Pacific -- Okinawa. In August, American planes drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Japanese too, surrender. Millions return home -- to try to learn how to live in a world without war. 128 min.

A War Films Anthology
The world-renowned poet Dylan Thomas made a little-known but valuable contribution to Britain's war effort scripting powerful propaganda films for the Ministry of Information. This unique anthology collects together eight of his finest wartime works. Contents: These are the men (1943) -- Balloon site (1942) -- Wales - Green Mountain, Black Mountain (1942) -- New towns for old (1942) -- The battle for freedom (1942) -- CEMA (1942) -- A city reborn (1945) -- A soldier comes home (1945). 102 min. DVD X1230

We All Came Home.
Reveals the untold story of the first American women prisoners of war through moving interviews and period footage of the U.S. Army and Navy nurses who survived the WWII prison camps of Bataan and Corregidor. Produced by the U.S. Dept f Defense. 29 min. Video/C MM469

The Weakly Reporter(1944)
Directed by Chuck Jones. Warner Brothers. Animated short. This Chuck Jones animated short parodies the newsreels that were the standard fare for movie theater intermissions during The Second World War. Included are gags about the food and supply shortages civilians had to suffer through, as well as the increasing role women were playing in the American war effort. DVD 6281 (supplement with Passage to Marseille)

Why We Fight
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Prelude to War (1942) Producer and director, Frank Capra. Photography, Robert Flaherty. Reviews events from 1933 to 1939, including the Japanese conquest of Manchuria, the Italian conquest of Ethiopia, and the rise of Hitler. Also discusses the Axis plan of World conquest. 54 min. DVD 37; Video/C 5434
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Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

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The Nazis Strike (1943) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. A documentary film record of Germany's preparation for war, the conquest of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and the attack upon Poland. 41 min. DVD 37; Video/C 5435
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Divide and Conquer (1943) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. A documentary film record of the German attack upon and conquest of Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, and France in 1940. 58 min. DVD 38; Video/C 5436
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The Battle of Britain (1943) Producer, Frank Capra; director, Anthony Veiler. Presents a documentary film record of the bombing of England by the German Luftwaffe in 1940 and the defense offered by the Royal Air Force. 55 min. DVD 38; Video/C 5437
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The Battle of Russia (1944) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Shows the Russian defense against the Nazi invasion during World War II, focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad. 83 min. DVD 39; Video/C 5438
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The Battle of China (1944) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Depicts Japanese aggression against China during World War II and describes Japan's plan for world conquest. Recalls Chinese development of the compass, printing, astronomy, gunpowder, and porcelain. 65 min. DVD 39; Video/C 5439
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War comes to America (1945) Producer, Frank Capra; director, Anatole Litvak. Briefly reviews the history of the United States and describes the characteristics, habits, and beliefs of the American people. Explains the events from 1931 to 1941 that caused the United States to enter World War II. 65 min. DVD 40; DVD 5802; vhs ; Video/C 5440
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D-Day and the Normandy Invasion (1945). Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Reviews the events of D-Day on the night and day of June 5-6, 1944 when the invasion of France occured by the Allies against the Axis powers. 51 min. DVD 40
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Widerstand: German resistance to Hitler
Extensive documentary with historical footage and interviews with German resistors concerning resistance movements against the Nazis in Germany during the reign of Hitler. Contents: 1. From leaflet to assassination attempt -- 2. Brown shirts and the class struggle -- 3. God and the Nazis -- 4. Portraits of civil courage -- 5. The hope of the democrats -- 6. The revolt of the officers -- 7. The end. Seven parts, on seven tapes. [?1994] Total running time: 210 min. Video/C 8067

William L. Shirer World War II Radio [Sound recording]
Contains radio broadcasts by renowned CBS News Berlin correspondent William L. Shirer during World War II. 180 min. Sound/D 209

Winston S. Churchill; His Memoirs and His Speeches [1918 to 1945][sound recording]
"An appraisal, by Arthur Bryant" (58 p. ports. (part col.) inserted in slipcase. Pt. 1: Armistice 1918--Follies of the Victors, 1919-30--Lurking dangers--Crimes of war--Crimes against humanity--Crimes against peace--Adolf Hitler--Locust years--"St. George and the dragon"-- Locust years (cont.)--Air parity lost.--Pt. 2: Air parity (cont.) --Causes of war--Loaded pause--Mr. Eden's resignation--Collective security--Munich Winter--Broadcast to USA--Soviet enigma--War--1st months of war--Pt. 3: Liberation is sure--Navy is here--Before the storm--A sterner way--Narvik--Frustration in Norway--Fall of the (Brit.) government--The National Coalition--Commons: Prime minister's speech--Be ye men of valour.--Pt. 4: Battle of France & March to the sea--King Leopold capitulates--Deliverance of Dunkirk--A colossal military disaster--Deliverance of Dunkirk (cont.)--News is very bad-- Back to France--The finest hour. Pt. 5: Home defense--French agony--Admiral Darlan & French fleet-- Unknown warriors--At bay--Commons: the first year--Crux of the whole war--Battle of Britain--Commons: Secret session--Desert victory--Pt. 6: Westward look, the land is bright--Until victory is won--birth throes of a sublime resolve--4th climacteric--Do your worst and we will do our best--Atlantic Charter--Meeting Roosevelt--Commons: We are still masters of our fate--These are great days--Resolution of the people is unconquerable.--Pt. 7: War with Japan--White House Christmas tree--Preparation, liberation, assault--Prime min. for two years--End of the beginning--To the U.S. Congress--Before the autumn leaves fall--Call for a three power talk--Pt. 8: Anglo-American unity--Commons: Rebuilding--Fruits of 1944--Thanksgiving day--Unconditional surrender--This is your victory. Sound/C 125; also Sound/C 1230

Women at War, From the Home front to the Front Lines.
Through selected newsreel footage details the vital contributions of American women to the war effort. Looks at the frequently forgotten history of WAC's, WAVE's and other all-women military units' work, nurses serving oversees and women workers in defense plants helping to perform America's miracle of war production. Hosted by Eric Sevareid and Edwin Newman. 1989. 45 min. Video/C MM478

Words That Shook the World[Sound Recording]
Winston Churchill's "Hands across the sea" message... Address by Winston Churchill delivered to a joint session of the Congress of the United States, December 26, 1941--President Roosevelt's message to Congress calling for a declaration of a state of war, Dec. 8, 1941. Sound/C 898

The World at War.Narrated by Laurence Olivier and others. 1973-1974 Thames Television production. 52 min. each installment.

A New Germany, 1933-1939. A documentary on the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party during the German economic crisis. Concludes with the threatened invasion of Poland by the new Germany. DVD 2736; also VHS Video/C 1602

Third Reich: Hitler's Germany.The makers of the award-winning World at War series return with an in-depth study of Hitler's Germany -- how its citizens coped with all-out war, mass bombings, invasion and defeat. With dramatic documentary footage, including Hitler's own home movies, the film tells the story in compelling words of ordinary people who survived this extraordinary time. DVD 2740

Distant War, September 1939-May 1940. A documentary on the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the entrance of England into the war. Also focuses on Winston Churchill's rise as prime minister. DVD 2736; also VHS Video/C 1603

France Falls, May-June 1940Describes the German occupation of Paris and the fall of France. Also looks at the British retreat to the Channel coast, as Hitler gets ready for the invasion of Britain. DVD 2736; also Video/C 1604

Alone, May 1940-May 1941. England prepares for war with Germany. The Germans begin air attacks over British cities including London, and the British gain a reprieve as Hitler's offensive turns to Russia. DVD 2736; also VHS Video/C 1605

Barbarossa, June-December 1941. A documentary on the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. Footage on Russian defeats, and of the final defeat of the Germans outside Moscow. Background on Hitler's decision to put Operation Barbarossa in motion. DVD 2736; also VHS Video/C 1606

Banzai! : Japan 1931-1942. In this program, Japan, seeking unrestricted access to raw materials she needs for expansion, tires of negotiations and strikes at Pearl Harbor, inflicting a severe blow to American naval power. In a few months, Japan demonstrates how ill-prepared the Allies are, sweeping forward to capture Hong Kong, Burma, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines. DVD 2736; also VHS Video/C 1607

On Our Way: U.S.A. 1939-1942. Documentary footage, photographs and reminiscences of individuals involved shows the election of FDR on an anti-war campaign, events which drew the United States into conflict, preparation at home for full-scale war, and American forces surrender in the Philippines, December, 1941-August 1942. DVD 2736; also VHS Video/C 1608

The Desert: North Africa, 1940-1943. Describes the war in North Africa, which was fought and refought over the same 600 miles of desert between Alexandria in Egypt and Benghazin in Libya. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1609

Stalingrad, June 1942-February 1943. A documentary on the defeat of the German army at Stalingrad--the first German defeat in the field. Also shows other German defeats in Russia. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1610

Wolf pack: U-boats in the Atlantic, 1939-1944. German submarines called U-boats nearly wiped out Allied shipping in the Atlantic bringing deadly havoc by attacking in groups. The Battle of the Atlantic ended with the virtual extermination of German submarines. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1611

Red Star: The Soviet Union, 1941-1943. Russia's spirit of fight was incredible to her adversaries. With twenty million military and civilian casualities, she stood firm. One German officer tells of repulsing a Soviet attack in 35-degree-below zero weather: "The Soviet soldiers remained motionless about two hours lying in the snow, and in the evening they again attacked with the same spirit." Incredibly the Russians not only survived but went on to rout the Germans. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1612

Whirlwind: Bombing Germany, September 1939-April 1944. This program looks at the Allied bombing offensive in Germany, which left German cities in ruin at the end of the war, crippling it in its role as a major industrial power. Also looks at how the bombing affected both industry and civilians. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1613

Tough Old Gut: Italy, November 1942-June 1944. This program looks at the Anglo-American advance into Italy, which eventually led to the conquest of the Axis forces between November 1942 and June 1944. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1614

It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma, 1942-1944. Dramatic documentary footage review the difficulties of the Burma campaign, in which Allied troops suffered disastrous early defeats in jungle warfare at the hands of the Japanese. Includes interview with Lord Mountbatten, whose arrival to take over the British Southeast Asia Command in October 1943 marked the turning point of the war in that area. DVD 2737; Video/C 1615

Home Fires: Britain, 1940-1944 Looks at the civilian war in Britain and the intensive German bombing of London and the provincial cities during 1940-44. DVD 2737; also VHS Video/C 1616

Inside the Reich: Germany, 1940-1944. This program looks at civilian life in Germany from 1940, when the Germans thought the end of the war was close at hand, until 1944, when the Germans endured Allied bombing, defeats on the battlefield and Allied demands for unconditional surrender. DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C 1617

Morning: June-August 1944. This program looks at the events surrounding D-Day, June 6, 1944, when the Allies, under the command of Dwight Eisenhower, began their advance on Normandy. DVD 2738; vhs Video/C 1618

Occupation: Holland, 1940-1944. Documentary which focuses on the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C 1619

Pincers: August 1944-March 1945. This program looks at Operation Anvil, when the Allies invaded the South of France and the Russians invaded from the east to drive the German army back across German borders and beyond. DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C1620

Genocide, 1941-1945. A documentary beginning in 1933 when Heinrich Himmler was already Reichsfuhrer of the SS and starting his plan of recreating an Aryan Germany which lead to the formation of the death camps and the ordering of massive extermination of Jews and other 'enemies of the state.' DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C 1621

Final Solution. Reveals how Hitler carried out the systematic extermination of millions of Jews in German death camps during World War II. Extensive use is made of period photos and shocking film footage, some filmed by the Germans themselves. Also featured are moving, personal stories, told by death camp survivors and in-depth interviews with former German participants. DVD 2740

Nemesis: Germany, February-May 1945. Looks at the period from February-May 1945, when Russia had captured Berlin and Germany's defeat was imminent. The end of the Third Reich was announced at Hitler's bunker headquarters where he ended his own life. DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C 1622

Japan: 1941-1945. This program looks at Japanese civilians who experienced the war a s a complete surprise. Looks at how successful the media was in persuading the public to support the war. DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C 1623

Pacific: February 1942-July 1945. This program examines the American island hopping strategy that captured islands one at a time across the Pacific, winning back the Philippines and bringing a striking force to Japan's doorstep at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. DVD 2738; also VHS Video/C 1624

Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler. First-hand accounts of Hitler's secretary and valet, interviews with the members of the Soviet medical team who autopsied Hitler's corpse and an interview with Hugh Trevor-Roper, author of the last days of Hitler. DVD 2740

The Bomb: February-September 1945. On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, the "Enola Gay" named after the mother of the pilot Paul Tibbetts, droppd the world's first uranium bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Four days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. DVD 2739; also VHS Video/C 1625

Reckoning: 1945--And After. This program looks at the occupation of Germany after World War II by the United States, Russia, Britain and France according to the arrangements made at Yalta. Also examines the beginnings and causes of the power struggle that ensues between the United States and Russia. DVD 2739; also VHS Video/C1626

Remember. This program looks at the personal experiences and reminiscences of soldiers and civilians who lived through World War II. DVD 2739; also VHS Video/C 1627

From War to Peace (A.K.A. Who won World War II)Discusses the transition in Europe from war to peace after World War II. DVD 2739

Warrior. Examines the psychological experience of war through first-hand accounts from solders who fought the war. DVD 2739

World War II Films

Vol. 1. The world at war / U.S. Office of Emergency Management ; produced and written by Sam Spewack ; director, Lowell Mellett (b&w, 1942, 43 min.) -- Germany: 28 months after D-Day (col., si., 46 min.) World at war: Documentary examining the events which led up to the Second World War. The material for this film which was taken from news reels and secret government archives presents President Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor "Day of Infamy" speech; interventionist and isolationist speeches by U.S. politicians, including Wendell Wilkie; a violent German-American Bund Rally at New York City's Madison Square Garden; the invasion and exploitation of China; the Italian invasion of Ethiopia; Italian Fascists at a Japanese rally; the Spanish Civil War; the signing of the Munich Agreement that divided Czechoslovakia; the Anschluss of Austria; the invasion of Czechoslovakia; Hitler mocking FDR from the Reichstag; the invasion of Poland; strafed refugees in Polish countryside; the destruction of Warsaw; German troops parading through Warsaw; the Maginot Line; the invasion of Denmark & Norway; the invasion of Holland and Belgium; the bombing of Rotterdam; the German breakthrough of Allied lines; Dunkerque; the Fall of France; the French surrender at Compiegne; the bombing of London; the invasion of Russia; the fall of the Philippines; Lend Lease; U.S. arms manufacturing; Pan-American opposition to fascism; and more. Germany: 28 months after D-Day: Documents the devastation of Germany two years after the war. These striking images, filmed almost entirely in color, of destroyed German cities and factories were taken by Mr. George T. Fonda of Weirton Steel Co., during an investigation of German industrial production two years after the devastation of World War II. The objective was to report on German industrial production and manpower problems and to determine the factors deterring maximum production. The result was an historic documentation of the awesome destructive force of air power. Shows scenes of bombed out buildings; devastation; Germans scrounging in the ruins; Schillstrasse; the Reichstag; Hitler's chancellery and office; the bunker where Hitler died; Goebbels propaganda radio tower; small shops emerging from the ruins; Cologne (80% destroyed); footage of the Rhine from a boat, farmland, castles, and other architecturally distinctive buildings; Beer garden in Munich where Hitler started out; food ration lines; Bavaria; animal drawn farm carts; German Tiger tank destroyed on Bavarian farm; American military headquarters in Munich; and more. DVD 8710

Vol. 2. Challenge to democracy (1944, 17 min.) -- Children of Japan (1941, 10 min.) -- Close harmony (1942, 11 min.) -- Farmer Henry Browne (1942, 11 min.) -- Japanese relocation (1943, 10 min.) -- My Japan (1945, 16 min.) -- Negro colleges in wartime / U.S. Office of War Information (1944, 8 min.) -- Our enemy: the Japanese (1943, 20 min.) -- Negro soldier (1943, 41 min.) -- Cartoon collage (1943-1945, 31 min) Challenge to democracy: The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is here explained according to the government's point of view. Children of Japan: An extraordinary, one-of-a-kind documentary of the life of a typical Japanese middleclass family, filmed earlier the same year as the Pearl Harbor attack. Close harmony: A film sponsored by General Motors where, in the midst of this attempt to show the positive need for good labor/management relations in America's burgeoning arms industry, resort is still had to the tired old alienating "step 'n fetch it" characterization of black Americans. Farmer Henry Browne: The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture shows how a black Georgian farmer does his part for the war, with his farm, his family and the service of his Tuskegee fighter pilot eldest son. Japanese relocation: The Japanese internment issue is again explained according to government policy, especially intending to show the co-operation and satisfaction of the internees in terms of being relocated, re-employed, re-educated and interned. My Japan: This is certainly one of the most agitating of anti-Axis films in general and anti-Japanese films in particular, utilizing the racial stereotypes common for the period, here used with special intensity, and put to the purpose of selling war bonds for the 7th War Loan. Negro colleges in wartime: The U.S. Office of War Information's exposition of the teaching and training of Black Americans for war, science, industry, agriculture, husbandry, meteorology, medicine, engineering and technical trades at black colleges. Our enemy: the Japanese.: Former Abassador to Japan Joseph C. Grew narrates this Navy film which purports to educate its audience about the Japanese, their culture and way of life in terms of their relevance to the war, but instead of enlightening the viewer with insights into the shortcomings of said aspects, it results in a recitation of a wide range of racial stereotypes, ethnic misrepresentations and hatred. Negro soldier: The great film director Frank Capra's much acclaimed and respected recruitment film tailored to convince African Americans of the value the nation put upon their military service in the past and of the need the nation had of their good service in the second world war. Cartoon collage: Includes Bugs, Elmer and Porky performing "Any Bonds Today"; Warner Brothers "Tokio Jokio" and "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs"; "Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips"; Popeye in "You're A Sap, Mr. Jap". DVD 8711

Vol. 3. A ceiling on your home (1945, 11 min.) -- Brazil at war (1943, 10 min.) -- Brazil gets the news (1942, 10 min.) --Despotism (1946, 11 min.) -- Doctor in industry, Pt. 1 (1946, 19 min.) -- Good neighbor family (1943, 17 min.) -- Gracias Amigos (1944, 16 min.) --Homes for veterans, Pt. 1-2 (1946, 28 min.) -- Housing in Chile: one government's plan to provide better homes (1943, 18 min.) -- Lima family (1944, 18 min.) -- Lima (1944, 16 min.) -- Problems of housing (1944, 10 min.) -- Roads South (1943, 17 min.) -- Army nurse (1945, 16 min.) -- Silent war: Colombia's fight against yellow fever (1945, 10 min.) --To the people of the United States (1944, 21 min.) -- Wastage of human resources (1947, 10 min.) -- Young Uruguay (1943, 17 min.) Presents eighteen films, with eleven of them focusing on the participation of Latin American and South American countries in WWII. Ten films are produced by the U.S. Office of Inter-American Affairs, which was created to foster and report on relations between the United States and Latin American countries. Also includes films addressing issues in America such as housing and employment for veterans, the increase in venereal diseases and other health issues. DVD 8712

Vol. 4. Tale of two cities (1946, 12 min.) -- Campus on the march (1942, 18 min.) -- Coast Guard spars (1943, 6 min.) -- Food for fighters (1943, 10 min.) -- Hemp for victory (1942, 14 min.) -- Highballing to victory (1943, 18 min.) -- Ring of steel (1941, 9 min.) -- Safeguarding military information (1941, 11 min.) -- Troop train (1943, 13 min.) -- U.S. News Review, Issue no. 3 (1942, 19 min.) -- What to do in a gas attack (1942-1943, 14 min.) Tale of two cities (1946, 12 min.) -- Campus on the march (1942, 18 min.) -- Coast Guard spars (1943, 6 min.) -- Food for fighters (1943, 10 min.) -- Hemp for victory (1942, 14 min.) -- Highballing to victory (1943, 18 min.) -- Ring of steel (1941, 9 min.) -- Safeguarding military information (1941, 11 min.) -- Troop train (1943, 13 min.) -- U.S. News Review, Issue no. 3 (1942, 19 min.) -- What to do in a gas attack (1942-1943, 14 min.) Tale of two cities: The U. S. War Department assesses the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings on the cities themselves and their populations. Campus on the march: An analysis of the contribution the nation's colleges and universities were making to the war effort. Coast Guard spars: The story of the induction of women into the U.S. Coast Guard and their contributions. Food for fighters: The importance of nutritious food and its logistical supply for the war effort. Hemp for victory: While most folks attribute to hemp its use as a recreational drug under the name "marijuna", its usefulness for rope, parachutes, paper and much more was an integral and important part of wartime production. Highballing to victory: The continuing story of wartime transportation, with special attention to the problems of the rubber shortage and its effect on wheeled transport. Ring of steel: The U.S. Office of Emergency Management reassures the country with this illustration of the protection that American Armed Forces provide the country. Safeguarding military information: A how-to guide in keeping loose lips from sinking ships and other careless talk from aiding saboteurs. Troop train: All aspects of what a troop train is, does and is provided for to keep the nation's soldiers moving during wartime. U.S. News Review, Issue No. 3: Produced by the U.S. Government Office of War Information. A newsreel on the progress of the war, including "A Plywood bomber" (the Mosquito); "A Report From New Guineau"; "Home Front Slogan: 'Fix It'"; "Liberators Blast Naples"; "A Letter From Hocking"; "The United States Coast Guard Song". What to do in a gas attack: Information for the homefront on what a gas attack is, what it does, and how the simple household items of bleach and bicarbonate of soda can be employed against it. DVD 8713

Vol. 5.Presents sixteen films on American arms production and the efforts of American industry and labor to "back the attack" during World War II. Contents: All out for victory (1943, 20 min.) -- Close harmony / sponsored by General Motors (1942, 11 min.) -- Conquer by the clock (1943, 11 min.) -- Deadline for action (1946, 37 min.) / by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union -- Manpower (1943, 9 min.) -- Men and jobs (1944, 9 min.) -- Oldsmobile "Playlets": 6 short films (1942, 5 min) -- Suggestion box (1945, 9 min.) -- Supervising women workers (1944, 10 min.) -- Test tube tale (1941, 10 min.) -- The arm behind the army (1942, 10 min.) -- The great swindle / recruitment film by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union (1948, 32 min.) -- These people (1944, 15 min.) -- Three cities (1943, 10 min.) -- Victory is our business / General Motors (1942, 10 min.) -- When work is done (1943, 9 min.) DVD 8714

Vol. 6. Stillwell road (1945, 51 min.) / [produced by] the U.S. War Dept. ; narrator, Ronald Reagan -- Attack in the Pacific (1945, 60 min.) / [produced by] U.S. Dept of Defense. Stillwell road: An overview of one of the most extraordinary achievements of military engineering of the second world war and as well as the twentieth century - the construction of a supply road through the mountains and jungles of Burma in World War II stretching all the way from India to China, cutting through dense jungle and blasting through impassable mountains - all while under constant threat of attack by the Japanese. The history of the Allies in Asia during the whole of the war is also analysed, specifically concentrating on the engineering and logistical on the one hand, and the constant battle and military campaigning on the ground and in the air on the other. Includes archival footage of Gen. "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, Flying Tigers Gen. Claire Chennault, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. Claude Auchinleck, Gen. George C. Marshall, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz & more. Attack in the Pacific: Completed just after President Roosevelt died and the Battle of Okinawa began in April 1945, this Armed Forces Information Film documents the fierce battles that raged throughout the Pacific Ocean between the Americans and Japanese during World War II. Stark battlefield footage of both naval and ground operations, taken by American and Japanese cameramen alike, graphically illustrate the epic struggle for control of this bloody theater of operations and its context as the largest surface area within which the hostilities of the Second War War took place. DVD 8715

Vol. 7. A letter from Bataan (1944, 14 min.) -- Avenge December 7 (1942, 2 min.) -- D-Day minus one (1945, 17 min.) -- It can't last (1944, 18 min.) -- News Parade: Bombing of Pearl Harbor / the U.S. Normandie fire (1942, 10 min.) -- Oldsmobile 'Playlets' (1942, 5 min.) -- Pearl Harbor (1942, 3 min.) -- Remember these faces (1945, 17 min.) -- Tuesday in November (1945, 17 min.) -- What makes a battle? (1944, 16 min.) Letter from Bataan: Pete and Johnny die in the jungles of Bataan because of night blindness caused by malnutrition. Pete's ghost makes sure to bring the news back to his family that what they do and the sacrifices they make to help them will save their lives and help win the war. Co-stars Susan Hayward. Avenge December: A war bond trailer encapsulating all the angst and bitterness of an American public still smarting from the humiliation of the Pearl Harbor sneak attack. D-Day minus one: An excellent chronicle of the famed exploits of the U.S. 82nd & 101st Airborne Divisions that parachuted into France to engage in special operations in preparation for and congress with the 1944 invasion of France. It can't last: Pulitzer Prize winner Archibald MacLeish wrote this propaganda piece exhorting the American public to hang in there the best they could while our boys fought their way to victory. News Parade: Bombing of Pearl Harbor / the S.S. Normandie fire: The power of and need for good hard labor from good hard laborers is explained and celebrated. Oldsmobile 'Playlets': Six film shorts, five selling the last cars General Motor's Oldsmobile had available for sale "for the duration", and one proclaiming the company and worker's commitment to defense. Pearl Harbor: Classic propaganda film inciting agression towards both Japan and Germany immediately following entering into a state of war with those two nations. Remember these faces: Very intense, graphic, one-of-a-kind color film, created for the Seventh War Loan, of G.I.s in actual combat, intended to help sell war bonds. A classic production of the U. S. Treasury, War Finance Division. Tuesday in November: The continuation of democratic processes while the republic is at war is touted in this John Houseman directed skillful propaganda piece on the 1944 presidential election. What makes a battle? An excellent exposition of the Battle of the Marshall Islands, extensively supplementing strategic analysis with plentiful use animations and battle footage. DVD 8716

Vol. 8. As the twig is bent (1943, 11 min.) -- Every minute counts (1944, 10 min.) -- Freedom comes high (1944, 13 min.) -- It's everbody's war (1943, 15 min.) -- Mr. and Mrs. America (1945, 13 min.) -- That boy Joe (1944, 18 min.) -- The town / directed by Josef Von Sternberg (1945, 11 min.) -- These are the people (1944, 15 min.) -- Wartime nutrition (1943, 10 min.) Presents nine morale films produced for the American homefront during WWII. As the twig is bent: Anti-delinqency film made during the height of the national controversy over unsupervised juveniles during wartime. Every minute counts: The wartime crush of time between work and family is explored with an eye to aiding the viewer in maximizing their time. Freedom comes high: A young women finds that her husband has died in battle and finds the strength to understand the meaning of his sacrifice as well as the courage to carry on. It's everbody's war: An exhortation to all Americans to recognize their common interests and mutual commitment to waging world war. Mr. and Mrs. America: A propaganda piece to rouse the public to do their part in supporting the war effort, employing the services of veteran Eddie Albert and including one of the last filmed appearances of President Roosevelt. That boy Joe: It's the demon rum at it again, messing with the youth of World War II America. The town: Directed by Josef von Sternberg, presents a panorama of life during wartime in "Anytown, America." These are the people: Kimberly-Clark shows off the efforts of its workers in Neenah, Wisconsin to meet the demands of wartime paper production. Wartime nutrition: A production on the activities and responsibilities of public welfare agencies towards securing the nutritional needs of Americans. DVD 8717

Vol. 9.Giant killers (1944, col., 30 min.) -- Inside fighting China (1942, 19 min.) -- Target: Japan (1944, 13 min.) -- Fleet that came to stay (1946, 20 min.) -- The 957th day (1944, 10 min.) Giant killers: The subject of this film is Elco, the Bayonne, New Jersey firm who made nearly 400 PT Boats during World War II. Their boats that were the largest PT boats manufactured, served all over the world and their construction was a model for others to aspire to, as was their plant and their labor force. This films sails through the manufacture of these fine machines, proudly showing off the plant and gratefully celebrating its workers. Inside fighting China: Many history books continue to wrongly insist that it was the long-suffering Soviet Union who suffered the most amount of casualties during World War II. The fact is, China suffered far, far more in casualties, and fought for a far, far longer period of time on at least the same savage scale. This film intended to tell these facts as they had so far developed to a 1942 audience in order to get them to understand China's importance and contribution to the overall war effort. Target: Japan: A March Of Time production illustrating the extraordinary leaps of military strength that the United States made from its low point after the Pearl Harbor attack to overpowering stamina and strength displayed in the Marshall Islands. Created with the intention of bracing an American audience to the hard, long-term task of advancing on the Imperial Japanese homeland. Fleet that came to stay: A landmark film produced immediately after the end of hostilities detailing the herculean effort that went into the American naval campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific theater. Contains awesome combat footage with special attention on the horrific kamikaze attacks of the Battle of Okinawa and elsewhere. Produced by the Treasury Department in order to sell bonds to finance the enormous job left for the Navy to do. The 957th day: Documents the first day of the Pacific 5th Fleet's bold Battle of the Marianas and the amphibious invasion of Guam in July of 1944. DVD 8718

Vol. 10. All American (1943, 27 min.) -- Film Communique, 8th issue (1944, 20 min.) -- Film Communique, 9th issue (1944, 21 min.) -- Life line (1943, 17 min.) -- The fight for the sky (1944, 19 min.) -- Price of victory (1942, 14 min.) All American: A cavalcade of films produced by the Army Signal Corps to promote the achievements of the Army Air Force to America's industrial labor force. Includes an overview of the USAAF rank and file; fighter pilots in the Aleutians and the South Pacific; a bombing raid on Wegesak, Germany; air transport; more. Film Communique, 8th issue: Includes Cape Gloucester: 7th Marines (New Guinea); Report from Britain (American and British air war against Germany); a 5th Air Force report from New Guinea, a few quick facts (supply line distances); a 5th Army report from the beachhead (Anzio). Film Communique, 9th issue: Includes 15th Air Force report (A Liberator bomber completes 110 missions); Private Snafu: fighting tools (cartoon); Battle of the hills (Burma and the Ledo Road). Life Line: Extraordinary film footage of the bloody amphibious invasion and seizure of Rendova Island in the Solomon chain from the Japanese, paving the way for the long range aerial bombardment of Japan by American B-29 bombers. Fight for the sky: Future American President Ronald Reagan narrates this overview of air combat over Fortress Europe between American P-51 Mustangs, P-47 Thunderbolts and even the twin-tailed P-38 Lightning and the ME-109 Messerschmidts and F-190 Focke Wulfes of the German Luftwaffe. Filled with stunning gun camera footage of aerial combat. Price of victory: American Vice President Henry Wallace explains to the greater American people in the first months of America's involvement in World War II what sacrifices were going to have to be made and the effort that was going to have to be spent to bring down and defeat the combined Axis forces of Germany, Japan and Italy. DVD 8719

Vol. 11. Combat bulletin no. 23 (1944, 25 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 24 (1944, 20 min.) -- It can't last (1944, 19 min.) -- Official war film W.F. 39: Battle wreckage (1944, 10 min.) -- The war speeds up (1942, 13 min.) Combat bulletin no. 23: 5th Army pierces Gothic Line; German installations (Ostend beach fortifications and electronic aircraft jamming installation); Invasion of Morotai Island; C.B.I. (China, Burma, India): B-29S in operation; Allies capture more French ports: Boulogne, Capture of Le Havre; Allied Armies drive on Germany. Combat bulletin no. 24: Channel coast activities (RAF raids on Dieppe, Boulogne and Calais); Ordnance repairs (in Aachen and Nancy); German frontier operations: Stolberg, Aachen, Metz, Nancy, Epinal, Belfort; Additional film airborne operations: Nijmegen, Arnheim, Eindhoven; Toulon Harbor installations; Invasion of Palau Islands. It can't last: This cautionary drama interleaves a story about an fallen airman and the over-confidence of otherwise good man back in his hometown in order to illustrate the need not to become over-confident of victory before the war is won. Official war film W.F. 39: Battle wreckage: A film "exclusive for the men and women of American industry" intended to provide such workers a view into where their labors were being employed in the war effort, with an eye to increasing production in order to make good losses in materiale. The war speeds up: Jose Ferrer narrates this analysis of how hardware losses in battle and the logistical difficulties in replacing them should be expected to become more difficult as the pace of the war increases. DVD 8720

Vol. 12. Combat bulletin no. 30 (1944, 18 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 32 (1945, 13 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 33 (1945, 17 min.) -- Official war film W.F. l4: Film Communique (1943, 20 min.) -- Official war film W.F. l5: Film Communique (1943, 20 min.) -- U.S Coast Guard report No. 5: Story of a transport (1944, 20 min.) Combat bulletin no. 30: Includes R.A.F. sinks "Tirpitz"; Front line steel production ; Bombed Belgium rail networks; Allied Armies face rain and snow; Mediterranean: Rain slows Allied Armies; Burma operations. Combat bulletin no. 32: Includes Aachen front; Vosges Mountain front; Pacific: Sharpshooter course for jungle fighters; Mediterranean: Italian front (rain creates transport problems for advancing Allied armies); Fighting in the Warsaw suburbs (Russian offensive). Combat bulletin no. 33: Includes School for jungle life; Activities in European theater of operations: Aachen, Liege, Sarrebourg, Strasbourg, Mulhous; Island icebox (a soldier's improvised personal refrigerator at Kwajalein); Advance toward Ormoc Road; Carrier strikes in Ormoc and Manila Bays. Official war film W.F.14: Film Communique: Contains Hitting the beach (LST's and their use in amphibious invasions); Dog fight (P-47 Fighters in Britain); Sunday morning (A Catholic mass on a tropical isle "somewhere"); Casey Jones goes G.I. (Allied attacks upon Germany railroads prior to D-Day invasion); Hitting the silk (MacArthur organizes paratrooper operations in New Guinea). Official war film W.F.15: Film Communique: Contains Aerial techniques (Southwest Pacific based bombers attack New Guineau and Rabaul, gun camera footage of aerial combat with Japanese planes); Roll of honor (the rebuilding of Munda airfield in the Solomon Islands after being reclaimed from the Japanese); Fifth Army (The Salerno front). U.S Coast Guard report No. 5: Story of a transport: The remarkable story of the troop transport christened by Eleanor Roosevelt as USS Wakefield, formerly America's first great luxury ocean liner Manhattan until America's war declaration. DVD 8721

Vol. 13. Combat bulletin no. 42 (February, 1945, 29 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 5 (1944, 15 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 6 (1944, 22 min.) -- U.S. News Review issue no. 5 (1942, 16 min.) -- Official war film W.F. 13 (1943, 20 min.) Combat bulletin no. 42: Includes Meeting of Allied leaders (Malta & Yalta Conferences); Nazi shipping attacked along Norwegian Coast; St. Nazaire truce for civilian evacuation; Boots improvised to prevent trench foot; Cub planes in snow; Baily assault bridge; Activities in Burma ; Army-Navy planes hit Japanese installations (Osaka, Formosa, Manila Bay, Saigon); Operations in the Philippines. Combat bulletin no. 5: Includes Stop that tank! (Japanese tank strengths & vulnerabilities); Something new has been added! (The B-29); In the South Pacific - No field cable? Signalmen make their own; The Nettunia "Quads" - Home-made gadget steps up bazooka power; A new land mine problem; Modern day specialists (Infantry) Combat bulletin no. 6: Includes Beachhead operation (Anzio - with pieces on field bakery, barrage balloon unit, engineers & other support operations) U.S. News Review issue no. 5: Includes Safety styles (Veronica Lake's hairdo is removed for women's war work); Unmanned machines mean unarmed men; Our children: A war problem; 1000 plane raid (on Bremen); The Army Air Corps song. Official war film W.F. 13: This film "exclusive for the Men and Women of American Industry", was intended to provide such workers with a view into where their labors were being employed in the war effort. Features "The chase of the tremendous trifle," the story of the U.S.'s strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany's ball bearing plants in general and the Schweinfurt manufacturing complex in particular. DVD 8722

Vol. 14. Combat bulletin no. 22 (1944, 26 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 28 (1944, 18 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 37 (1945, 22 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 4 (1944, 18 min.) -- U.S. News Review issue no. 2 (1943, 20 min.) Combat bulletin no. 22: Includes operations in France: Capture of Brest/20,000 Germans surrender; New flying bomb launching sites; Allies move on Germany: American 3rd Army/British 2nd Army/American 1st Army; E.T.O.: airborne operations. Combat bulletin no. 28 : Includes activities in the European Theatre of operations: Battle of the Netherlands/Glider-pick-up at Eindhoven/Air Force fighter kills; Mediterranean: Liberation of Greece; C.B.I.: Activities in Buma; the United States Navy presents: The Naval battle of the Philippines. Combat bulletin no. 37: Includes Liberation of the Philippines; North America: Air ferry route to Siberia; India-Burma: Advance in Burma; Eastern Front: Nazi version of action in the East ; factories in Paris subway; Activities on the European Theatre of operations: Duren/bomb damage in Strasbourg/additional films: Battle of the Bulge. Combat bulletin no. 4: Includes Cassino; Japs and jungle: Southwest Pacific. U.S. News Review issue no. 2: Includes survey finds much travel unneccesary; Mobile laundry for front line troops; Alcan Highway finished - New link with Alaska; Damien Parer, Australian cameraman reports jungle warfare in New Guinea. DVD 8723

Vol. 15. Combat bulletin no. 17 (1944, 37 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 34 (1944, 15 min.) -- T.F. 21 Official training film: Fighting men: baptism of fire (1943, 36 min.) Combat bulletin no. 17: Includes Mediterranean: Invasion of Southern France; E.T.O.: Northern France; C.B.I.: Operations in Burma (features "The Chindits"); Pacific: Japs attack task force (Battle of the Marianas). Combat bulletin no. 34: Includes activities in the European Theatre of Operations: 9th Army front/Port of Antwerp/Fighter kills; Mediterranean: Malaria control on Corsica; C.B.I.: B-29 crash in China; Pacific: Jap phosphorus bombs; C.B.I.: Capture Bhamo, Burma Road link. T.F. 21 Official training film - Fighting men: Baptism of fire (1943, 36 min.): One of the most extraordinary movies of WWII. This film teaches the combat soldier how to deal with his first experience under fire, how to overcome his fears, how to kill without guilt and how to do better at all these things over time. DVD 8724

Vol. 15. Combat bulletin no. 21 (1944, 19 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 35 (1944, 19 min.) -- Combat bulletin no. 36 (1943, 22 min.) -- Official War Film: W.F. 16 (1943, 20 min.) Combat bulletin no. 21: Includes Mediterranean: Progress in Southern France/activities in Italy; C.B.I.: Bridge over Salween River; Pacific: Clean-up at Aitape; E.T.O.: Northern France and Belgium/American 3rd Army. Combat bulletin no. 35: Includes Pacific: Japs raid Saipan B-29 Base; Pacific: G.I.'s get whole blood from home; E.T.O.: "Black widow" and "Jato"; India-Burma: Activites in Burma; China: Activities in China; Activities in the European Theatre of operations: 1st Army: Duren, 3rd Army: Sarreguemines, 7th Army: Strasbourg. Combat bulletin no. 36: Includes Pacific: Operations in the Philippine Islands: Ormoc landings/Troops land on Mindoro; Mediterranean: Activities in Italy: Bologna; E.T.O.: Seized German film on work mobilization/First phase of German counter offensive (Battle of the Bulge) /Stavelot/Malmedy/Saint Vith/Bastonge. Official war film W.F. 16 (1943, 19:54): This film "Exclusive for the men and women of American Industry", intended to provide such workers a view into where their labors were being employed in the war effort, features P-47s come to town (P-47s shipped to Europe); Two million dollar hill (Supply Depots); A few quick facts (Air Transport, Chinese soldier wages; American naval war production); Hawaiian Jungle training; Bloody Tarawa. DVD 8725

World War II in Color
A three part series of recently re-discovered color film of WWII. 50 min. each installment.

A New World Order The year is 1937 and in the German heartland, a Nazi rally reveals pre-war passions being nurtured by Hitler's leadership which would soon unleash global conflict, as witnessed in color combat footage of the technology deployed by Hitler in his support of Franco's Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. Includes footage of Stalin's Russia, the aftermath of the Allied retreat from Dunkirk, American factories churning out vital materials, and the home movies of Hitler's mistress. Concludes with color footage of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Video/C 9178

Total War. Roused by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America mobilizes her industrial and military might while in the European arena, color footage records the advance of German troops towards Moscow, the execution of Serbian insurgents, and the inhuman conditions of the Warsaw ghetto. Combat action ranges from the Battle of Stalingrad to nightime bomber raids on German targets, while the fight for control of the Pacific gets underway as plans are laid for the D-Day invasion of Europe. Video/C 9179

Triumph and Despair. The landings on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day are revealed in color in all their chaos and heroism. Once ashore, the Allied forces are seen griding their way through the hard-fought "battle of the hedgerows" to the Battle of the Bulge, to Berlin's fall and the final disintegration of Hitler's Third Reich. Meanwhile, in the Pacific, some of the war's bloodiest battles are also being fought. Also includes rare footage of the war's aftermath -- from the liberation of the Nazi death camps to the global celebrations of V.E. and V.J. Days. Video/C 9180

This first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war's biggest battles to create a personal, introspective, and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Follow 12 unforgettable Americans, and experience the war as seen through their eyes, in their own words, and it really looked and sounded. Transforms their stirring journey into a tangible piece of history. Features the voices of: Josh Lucas (Bert Stiles), Amy Smart (June Wandrey), Rob Lowe (Robert Sherrod), Justin Bartha (Jack Werner), LL Cool J (Shelby Westbrook), Steve Zahn (Nolen Marbrey), Jason Ritter (Jack Yusen), Ron Livingston (Charles Scheffel), Tim Dekay (Richard Tregaskis), Mark Hefti (Archie Sweeney), James Kyson Lee (Jimmie Kanaya), Rob Corddry (Rockie Blunt). Disc 1. Darkness falls ; Hard way back ; Bloody resolve ; Battle stations -- Disc 2. Day of days ; Point of no return ; Striking distance ; Glory and guts -- Disc 3. Edge of the abyss ; End game. Special features: Character profiles; behind-the-scenes featurettes; "Finding the footage" featurette; "Preserving the footage" featurette. 455 min. DVD X2889

World War II on the Air: Edward R. Murrow and the Broadcasts That Riveted a Nation
CD track list: --Introduction --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --William L. Shirer --Edward R. Murrow,William L. Shirer --Mary Marvin Breckinridge --William L. Shirer --Edward R. Murrow --Eric Sevareid --Cecil Brown --Edward R. Murrow --William L. Shirer --William L. Shirer --Edward R. Murrow --William L. Shirer --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --Larry LeSueur --Eric Sevareid --Franklin Delano Roosevelt --Cecil Brown --Larry LeSueur --Charles Collingwood --Anschluss /Eve of war /War is declared /Peace of sorts /Phony war /Hitler's return /Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium invaded /Chamberlain resigns /German bombing of Paris /Italy to enter war /Dunkirk/Churchill : we shall never surrender /German troops enter Paris /France surrenders at Compiegne Forest /London after dark /Bombs over Berlin /London is burning /Few German pilots /Rooftop air raid /Christmas/so long and good luck /Bombing has been heavy /Big Ben bombed /Japanese embassy /Day which will live in infamy /Repulse sunk, Brown saved /Suicide job of the 1942 war /Algiers /Axis retreat in North Africa /Winston Burdett --Winston Burdett --Eric Sevareid --Winston Burdett --Edward R. Murrow --Winston Burdett --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow --Richard C. Hottelet --Charles Collingwood --Richard C. Hottelet --Larry LeSueur --Edward R. Murrow --Richard C. Hottelet --Howard K. Smith --Bill Downs --Edward R. Murrow --William L. Shirer --Edward R. Murrow --Edward R. Murrow.Invasion of Sicily /Chinese situation /Race for the possession of Italy /Orchestrated hell /Capture of Rome /Sterner stuff lies ahead /Eisenhower's Order of the day/D-Day /Flying over Normandy /Utah Beach /Liberation of Paris (premature report) /Paris not yet free /Market Garden/parachute drop /Street fighting /Crossing the Rhine /Paratroopers /Buchenwald /V-E Day in New York /V-E Day in Piccadilly Circus /9:15 over Hiroshima / Sound disc presents 50 actual radio broadcasts during World War II by Edward R. Murrow and other American war correspondents and reporters. Accompanied by a text covering the history and biography of these radio correspondents who reported directly to the American public as news unfolded. 66 min. Sound/D 180

WWII, An Audio History[Sound recording]
Spans the globe to document the audio records of the United States, Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Imperial Japan and more... to present the key moments of World War II. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Josef Stalin, Harry S. Truman, Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars, Neville Chamberlain, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ezra Pound, William "Lord Haw Haw" Joyce, Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Hideki Tojo, King George VI, Charles Lindbergh. 78 hours. Sound/D 206

WWII, The Ultimate collection
DVD 5802

Disc 1:Side A: The true glory (1945, b&w, 84 min.) / U.S. Office of War Information, Great Britain Ministry of Information ; writers, Peter Ustinov, Eric Maschwitz, Guy Trosper ; narrated by Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Side B: Know your enemy: Japan (1944, b&w, 63 min.) / Army Pictorial Service ; producer, Frank Capra -- Target for tonight (1941, b&w, 50 min.) / Central Office of Information, Middlesex, England ; writer/director, Harry Watt. True glory: Documentary assembled from actual footage of the WWII Allied invasion of Europe, captured by thousands of different camera operators. Starting with D-Day, the film covers the major battles all the way to the fall of Berlin. Narrated by Dwight D. Eisnhower. Know Your Enemy: Japan: Frank Capra created this film for the U.S. government in which viewers are introduced to the Japanese, explaining how the religious, political, economic and cultural history of Japan contributed toward making her a formidable foe during WWII. Target for tonight: Follows a single Royal Air Force Bomber and its courageous crew during some of the earliest Wellington bomber raids against Nazi Germany.

Disc 2: Side A: December 7th (1944, b&w, 34 min.) / director, John Ford -- Campaign in Europe (aka Feldzug in Polen, the Polish Campaign) (1939, b&w, 34 min.) / director, Fritz Hippler -- Side B: DZ (i.e. Dropzone] Normandy: the employment of troop carrier forces (1945, b&w, 75 min.) / U. S. Army Air Forces -- D-Day (1944 [i.e. 1953?] , b&w, 28 min., episode of the television series The big picture) / U.S. Army ; narrated by Paul Newman. December 7th: A docudrama reconstucting the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Also depicts the recovering of the ships, the improvment of defenses in Hawaii and the U.S. efforts to beat back the Japanese enforcements. Campaign in Europe (aka, Feldzug in Polen, the Polish Campaign): An English language version presenting the German account of the Polish campaign of 1939, from the fierce fighting in Danzig, to the struggles along the Visula, to the Siege of Warsaw. DZ Normandy (aka Dropzone Normandy): A detailed account of combined glider operations on D-Day from preparation to final outcome, including actual invasion footage, with a brief analysis of the failures and successes of this operation. D-Day: Examines the preparations for the Normandy invasion, with an indepth look at the 84th Infantry Division fighting in Belgium.

Disc 3: Side A: Prelude to war (1942, b&w, 52 min.) / Special Service Division of the Army Service Forces ; produced and directed by Frank Capra ; writers, Eric Knight, Anthony Veiller -- Side B: Adolf Hitler (1948, b&w, 80 min). Prelude to war: A WWII propaganda film directed by Frank Capra, demonstrates how the diplomatic and political blunders made in the wake of WWI led inexorably to WWII. Includes the Japanese conquest of Manchuria, the Italian conquest of Ethiopia and the rise of Hitler. Throughout the film the lies of fascism and totalitarianism are contrasted with the ideals of democracy. Adolf Hiter: A feature length documentary that chronicles the life of Adolf Hitler from youth through his rise to power. Filled with historical newsreels and an assembly of footage, this is one the most thorough biographies of Hitler's life.

Disc 4: Side A: Battle of Midway (1943, col. 20 min.) / U.S. Navy Dept. , directed by John Ford ; narrators, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell -- The fighting lady (1945, col. 60 min.) / produced by Louis De Rochemont ; narrated by Robert Taylor -- Side B: Desert victory (1943, b&w, 60 min.) / Royal Air Force Film Production Unit ; directed by Roy Boulting ; writer, J. L. Hodson ; music, William Alwyn. Battle of Midway: A documentary on the Battle of Midway, directed by John Ford with narration by Hollywood actors. Fighting lady: Follows the exploits of the Yorktown aircraft carrier and her crew. Cameras mounted on the wings of aircraft captured spectacular fighter combat footage and the first pictures ever of the Japanese Imperial Naval Fleet. Desert victory: A British documentary tracing the struggle between the opposing forces of generals Rommel and Montgomery in North Africa, from the defeat at El Alamein to the ultimate British victory at Tripoli.

Academy Award - (Fighting Lady) - Best Documentary, Features

Disc 5: Side A: Nuremberg [trials] (1946, b&w, 75 min.) / Central Documentary Film Studios, Moscow ; director, C. Svilov ; producer, Roman Karmen -- Side B: The great generals: General Omar N. Bradley (1948, b&w, 28 min.) -- The great generals: General George S. Patton (1947, b&w, 27 min.) -- The great generals: General Dwight D.Eisenhower (1953, col., 25 min.) Narrators (Great Generals series): Walter Cronkite, Lorne Greene, Walter Matthau, Ronald Reagan, Mike Wallace. Nuremberg: This Russian documentary was assembled the same year that the Nuremberg War Crimes trials began. While many of the issues raised and fates of the defendants were unresolved at the time of production, filmmaker C. Svilov presents propaganda on behalf of the victorious Soviet forces. Includes trial footage and film used by the prosecution to show the Nazi's various crimes. Great generals: General Omar N. Bradley: General Bradley considered himself to be a failure during WWI when he was kept stateside but during WWII he commanded a division, a corps, an army and finally a group of armies. Great generals: General George S. Patton: This film profiles the egotistical, bullish and always controversial General Patton, a true icon of WWII, hero of the Battle of the Bulge and commander of the Allied advance into Germany. Great generals: General Dwight D. Eisenhower: This film chronicles the achievements of General Eisenhower, the man with many titles including soldier, statesman, president, beloved hero of D-Day, the Invasion of Normandy and the defeater of Germany at the Battle of the Bulge.

Disc 6: Side A: Appointment in Tokyo (1945, b&w, 55 min.) / Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps, with the Army Air Forces and the U.S. Navy, directed by Jack Hively. -- Side B: The Memphis Belle : [a story of a flying fortress] (1944, col., 42 min.) / produced by U.S. War Dept. under the supervision of Wlliam Wyler. Appointment in Tokyo: Covers the entire American Pacific campaign under the leadership of General MacArthur from the Bataan retreat to the surrender of Japan. Many of the film's more unforgettable scenes are taken from captured official Japanese newsreels. Memphis Belle: Portrays a bombing misson over Germany during WWII. Follows the "Flying Fortress" (B-17 bomber) Memphis Belle as it leads a squadron of bombers on a daring daylight attack on the submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The entire mission is documented, including preparations, the bombing action and the return to base.

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Disc 7: Side A: Nazi concentration camps (1945, b&w, 60 min.) / produced by the U.S. Council for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality -- Side B: Smashing the Reich (aka: Smashing of the Reich) (1961, b&w, 83 min.) / producer, Perry Wolff. Nazi concentration camps: The official film record of the Nazi death camps as photographed by Allied forces advancing into Germany. Shows graphic footage of half-dead prisoners, victims of medical experiments, gas chambers and open mass graves. Entered as evidence during the Nuremberg War Trials. Smashing the Reich: Describes the fall of the Nazi war machine, from the daylight and night bombings of German industry and cities to the Normandy invasion. Includes scenes of the meeting of Russian and American troops at the Elbe River and the liberation of prisoners in concentration camps.

Disc 8: Side A: Tunisian Victory (1944, b&w, 76 min.) / British Film Unit, U.S. Army Signal Corps ; director, Frank Capra ; with Burgess Meredith and Bernard Miles -- Side B. Thunderbolt (1945, col., 45 min.) / U.S. Army Air Forces ; directors, John Sturges, William Wyler ; with James Stewart and Lloyd Bridges -- Recognition of the Japanese Zero (1942, b&w, 24 min.) / U.S. War Dept., First Motion Picture Unit, Army Air Forces ; with Ronald Reagan. Tunisian Victory: A propaganda documentary covering the length and breadth of the allied invasion of North Africa commencing in 1942, from first landings to final triumph. Thunderbolt: Documentary following the 47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft and its use in missions over Europe and in the Pacific theater. Recognition of the Japanese Zero: Ronald Reagan stars as an American flier in the Pacific who almost shoots down another P-40 instead of the Japanese Zero. Originally produced to illustrate the differences between the two planes for American fliers.

Krome, Frederic. "Tunisian Victory and Anglo-American Film Propaganda in World War II." Historian 1996 58(3): 517-529.

Disc 9: Side A: Combat America (1944, col., 61 min.) / narrator, Clark Gable -- War comes to America (1945, b&w, 67 min.) / U. S. Army Pictorial Service, Army Signal Corps ; producer, Frank Capra. -- Side B.: Warsaw Ghetto (1969, b&w, 51 min.) / written and produced by Hugh Burnett -- Let there be light (1946, b&w, 60 min.) / U. S. Army Pictorial Service, Army Signal Corps ; director, John Huston ; narrator, Walter Huston. Combat America: Clark Gable narrates this documentary recounting the experiences of the 351st Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces, based in England. Personal accounts of pilots and infantrymen, along with commentary by military historians and journalists, give insight into America's first real look at the combat missions in Europe and the South Pacific. War comes to America: Begins with a focus on the things "worth fighting for." With that established, looks at the history of shifting public opinion in America towards siding with the Allies against the Axis until the attack on Pearl Harbor which brought America into full scale involvement in the war. Warsaw ghetto: Presents actual photographs and films which were taken by cameramen of the German Army, the Secret Service and the Gestapo who were assigned to record life and death in the ghetto of Warsaw. Shows Jews entering the Warsaw ghetto in November 1940 and reveals the horrors of disease and hunger and deportation to the death camps. Also reconstructs the 10-day resistance of half a million Jews cut off in a half mile city area by Nazi forces. Let there be light: A wartime documentary of the emotionally disturbed war veterans being treated at Mason General Hospital. Observes various methods used to pull these shattered-in-spirit men out of their mental anguish, ranging from shock treatment to hypnosis. (Let There Be Light is also included on DVD X2866 (restored version); also DVD 5802; Video/C MM465; also on Video/C MM334

Disc 10: Side A: Kamikaze (1945, b&w, 100 min.) / produced and written by Kevin Watson and Ed Topor. -- Side B: Battle of San Pietro (1945, b&w, 43 min.) / U. S. War Dept., directed and narrated by John Huston -- Report from the Aleutians (1943, col., 47 min.) / U.S. Army Signal Corps ; directed, written and narrated by John Huston. Kamikaze: A wartime tribute to the Japanese suicide pilots of World War II and their missions against U.S. sea power. Photographed in the final year of the war the film has an air of desperate bravado, which now serves as a record of a long-defunt Japanese cultural mindset. Battle of San Pietro: Largely comprised of on-the-spot combat footage, concentrates on a grueling battle in the Italian stronghold of San Pietro. Examines the meaning of war and death, not only to the men engaged in comabt, but to the civilian population as well. Report from the Aleutians: Details the day-to-day activities of protecting Alaska's Aleutian Islands from Japanese attack, concentrating on the personal element, stressing the courage under stress of the regular Joes assigned to this bleak part of the world during WWII.

A World Without Bodies
Documents the horror of the Nazi regime with respect to its treatment of disabled people. Beginning with an overview of eugenics ideology, the filmmakers delve into the instruments of mass murder developed first on the bodies of people with disabilities and later transferred to concentration camps. The film provides a haunting glimpse into the medical and social mindset that led to the systematic slaughter of more than 270,000 disabled individuals during World War II. The documentary ultimately asks us to contemplate the impact of these events on our attitudes toward people with disabilities in our own era. A film by Sharon Snyder & David Mitchell. 2001. 35 min. DVD 6859

[Wyler, William] William Wyler WWII Documentaries

Edgerton, Gary. "Revisiting the recordings of wars past : remembering the documentary trilogy of John Huston." In: Reflections in a male eye : John Huston and the American experience / edited by Gaylyn Studlar and David Desser. Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1993.(Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.R44 1993; Moffitt PN1998.3.H87.R44 1993)
Gallez, Douglas W. "Patterns in Wartime Documentaries." The Quarterly of Film Radio and Television, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Winter, 1955), pp. 125-135 UC users only
Katz, Robert; Katz, Nancy. "Documentary in Transition, Part I: The United States." Hollywood Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Summer, 1948), pp. 425-433 UC users only
Marcus, Daniel. "William Wyler's World War II Films and the Bombing of Civilian Populations." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Mar2009, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p79-90, 12p UC users only

The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress. Portrays a bombing mission over Germany during World War II. Follows the "Flying Fortress" (B-17 bomber) Memphis Belle as it leads a squadron of bombers on a daring daylight attack on the submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The entire mission is documented, including preparations, the bombing action itself, and the return to base. 1944. 42 min. DVD 5802; vhs Video/C MM467

Credits and other information from the American Film Institute Catalog (UCB users only)

Affron, Charles. "Reading The Fiction of Nonfiction: William Wyler's Memphis Belle." Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Winter1982, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p53-60, 8p

Thunderbolt. A documentary film record of the American 57th Fighter Group participating in Operation Strangle in Italy in 1944 while flying P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bombers from bases in Corsica. Includes film footage taken by bomber-mounted cameras showing the destroying of supply routes deep behind German lines. Narrator: James Stewart. 1944. 45 min. Video/C MM468; also on Video/C 7091

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The Korean War

The Archives of War
A documentary series of 20th century wars using film shot by British Pathe News, from the trenches of World War I, through the destruction of World War II, to the Cold War's atomic arsenals and the horrors of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Disc 1. World War I and the interwar years ; World War II: The leaders -- Disc 2. World War II: The battles ; The Cold War -- Disc 3. Korea ; Vietnam. DVD 1704

The Best of See It Now
Contents: Korean War -- Desegregation in the South --Eisenhower/Taft election -- Quality of American schools -- Peacetime uses of atomic energy -- Discussion with the scentists who discovered nuclear energy -- Flying into the eye of Hurricane Edna -- Flooding of the Missouri River -- Conversation with Carl Sandburg -- Marian Anderson's goodwill tour of Asia -- Two American originals: Grandma Moses and Louis Armstrong. Edward R. Murrow; host, Mike Wallace.

Hosted by Mike Wallace, this documentary presents original footage from the CBS See It Now television series in which Edward R. Murrow documented the news of the previous week, inviting viewers to witness history and to meet the people directly shaping events. Originally broadcast in 1991. 90 min. DVD 4010; also VHS Video/C 7182

See It Now website (Museum of Broadcast Communications)
Edward R. Murrow information (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

See It Now website (Museum of Broadcast Communications)
Edward R. Murrow information (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army U.S.A.
Focuses on Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander, Pacific Theater, his successful operations against Japan, in Korea and his confrontation with President Truman later. 62 min. Video/C 459

Grilled Rice (Gao Rang)
A study on the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese and Vietnam Wars and founded Vietnamese cinema. Mai Loc and Khoung Me, two veterans from the French war, tell of acquiring their first cameras and instruction manuals. Mr. Xuong, a traveling projectionist during both wars, recalls projecting films along the 17th Parallel and public reaction to the films. Tran Van Thuy and Le Man Thich screen some of the material that they shot and describe the hardship and fear they faced in combat and during American bombings. For all of them, "to make propaganda was obvious." But they also discuss their regrets. Thuy says "If we had had a more critical historical awareness, we could have left much better images." They didn't film enough of the hard daily life, and regret the many "heroic deaths that were not filmed, "but it would have been "useless," as the footage would not have been used. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 8806

Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Historic Time Travel: When the Guns Fell Silent
A compilation of six 1950s newsreels presenting footage of events during and directly after the Korean War. News magazine of the screen (Vol. 1, Issue 6, 1951, 22 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, March (1952, 22 min.) -- News Magazine of the screen (Vol. 4, Issue 2, 1953, 24 min.) -- News magazine of the screen (Vol. 2, Issue 9, 1952, 24 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, October (Vol. 4, Issue 4, 1953, 23 min.) -- News magazine of the screen (Vol. 4, Issue 9, 1954, 23 min.) DVD 5151

Korea: War, Prosperity, Democracy.
Part 1 is a documentary film covering the major events in the Korean War. -- Part 2 describes recent industrial and agricultural advances of the Korean nation -- Part 3 and 4 examine current cultural conditions in Korea including performances of court dance and music, art exhibits and the performing arts. 1995. 93 min. Video/C 3983

Korean War: Fire and Ice
A 4 part documentary on the military history of the Korean War. A&E, 1999. 45 min each installment.

Part 1: The Making of a Bloodbath. When North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, a disastrously downsized, Post-WWII American military acted swiftly to stop this first instance of armed Communist aggression but the U.N. contingent soon found itself thrown back into disarray. Bottled up with their backs to the sea at Pusan, America and her allies now faced a humiliating evacuation. Video/C 6636

Part 2: Triumph to Tragedy With the U.N. forces on the verge of being pushed into the sea at Pusan, victory was within the grasp of the surrounding North Korean army, but General Douglas MacArthur executed a high-risk amphibious landing at Inchon. Within months, MacArthur's men would drive the North Koreans almost to the Chinese border. But their victory would turn to devastating defeat, as a huge wave of Chinese troops took the U.N. contingent by surprise, forcing a retreat back into South Korea. Video/C 6637

Part 3: Retreat from Hell. Nearly overrun by the hordes of Chinese troops pouring across the Yalu River, American forces experienced defeats at the Chosin Reservoir and the evacuation of forces from the port of Hungnam. By December of 1950, the communists had recaptured the North Korean capital, Pynongyang; a month later, the southern capital of Seoul also fell. Now, with the war becoming increasingly costly for both sides, the two adversaries dug in and consolidated their forces at the 38th Parallel. Video/C 6638

Part 4: Bitter Standoff. As American casualties mounted, U.S. President Harry Truman came under increasing military and political pressure finally resulting in MacArthur's dismissal and the arrival of General Matthew Ridgway. After retaking Seoul the U.N. forces confronted the re-grouped enemy in the biggest battle of the war. But by now, U.S. policy had shifted from liberation to containing the communists at the 38th parallel. The war raged on until the armistice of July, 1953, a tenuous unstable cease-fire that continues to flare into violence even today. Video/C 6639

Korean War Films
Presents twelve 1950s newsreel and government information films reformatted for classroom presentation concerning the Korean War.

Back to Freedom: More war prisoners return to America (1953, 1 min.) -- Getting ready physically (1951, 11 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, March: War maneuver in Korea/Australia: Ally in the Pacific (1952, 21 min.) -- Orphaned Korean boy arrives in San Francisco (early 1950s, 1 min.) -- Relief supplies for Korea (early 1950s, 1 min.) -- Service and citizenship (1951, 11 min.) -- Starting now (1951, 11 min.) -- Crime of Korea (1950, 15 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, Vol. 1, Issue 6 (1951, 22 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, October, Vol. 4, Issue 2 (1953, 23 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, April (1951, 19 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, April: "Another version" (1951, 19 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, March: "Another version" War maneuver in Korea/Australia: Ally in the Pacific (1952, 21 min.) DVD 4453

This is Korea.
Producer, John Ford. This is Korea is a documentary of U.S. propaganda to bolster sagging morale during the Korean War. Video/C 3099; also on vhs Video/C 7627

Murphy, William T. John Ford and the Wartime Documentary. Film & History 1976 6(1)

The Weapon of Choice
(War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; 2) Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the development of the hydrogen bomb, the growing reliance of superpowers on nuclear weapons is explored. The Korean War and its impact on U.S. nuclear weapons decisions is also examined. 60 min. Video/C 1282

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Development of the Atomic Bomb / Hiroshima and Nagasaki

24 Hours After Hiroshima
On August 6th, 1945 a weapon unlike any other was unleashed on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Four days later, the Japanese surrendered, having been subjected to horrors and devastation previously unknown and unimaginable. This film tells the second-by-second story of that tragic day as seen through the eyes of those in the air and on the ground, including the last interview with the weapons test officer who armed the bomb. 50 min. DVD X4599

Atomic Mom
A film about two women, both mothers, who have very different experiences of the atom bomb. One is the filmmaker's mother, Pauline Silvia, who was a biologist in the Navy in the early 1950s and was sent to the Nevada Test Site where she participated in five detonations. After decades of silence, Pauline is in a crisis of conscience about the work she did ... She reveals some of the grim and dark secrets of the U.S. atomic testing program. In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother's past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to resolve her own history in Japan. She was eight years old when the bomb was dropped and her twelve-year-old sister was never found. After many years of silence, Ms. Okada gives testimony of her atomic bomb experience and her commitment to education and disarmament. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they attempt to understand the other. Directed and produced by M.T. Silvia. 2011. 80 min. DVD X7111

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

The Bomb: February-September 1945 (World at War; 24).
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, the "Enola Gay" named after the mother of the pilot Paul Tibbetts, dropped the world's first uranium bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Four days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Narrated by Laurence Olivier. 52 min. Video/C 1625

Brotherhood of the Bomb: Interview with Gregg Herken
Author Gregg Herken discusses his book, "Brotherhood of the Bomb," and the backgrounds and relationships of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Robert Teller,the three physicists who were responsible for the creation of the atomic bombs used in World War II. Includes slides of the three scientists and their colleagues during the developmental stages of the atomic bomb and cyclotrons in Berkeley, California. Recorded Oct. 17, 2002 at Black Oak Books, Berkeley, California. 56 min. Video/C 9859

The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.
People who worked with J. Robert Oppenheimer discuss the man, his role in the development of the atomic bomb, his fall from grace during the McCarthy era, and his desire to see nuclear proliferation controlled. 90 min. DVD 1245; also vhs Video/C 242

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Euromissles: Lectures by E.P. Thompson.
The British author and disarmament leader addresses the nuclear arms issues concerning Europe and the probability of a nuclear disarmament agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union. Video/C 502:1-2

Fallout, 1945. (People's Century, 1997.)
Tells of the impact of nuclear energy upon the world starting with the first use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and covering nuclear testing, the "arms race", protest movements against nuclear armaments and nuclear power and the nuclear power plant accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Video/C 6432

Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima
Captures the artists Iri and Toshi Maruki in their decades long collaboration to create a monumental testament to the effects of the atomic bomb - the Hiroshima murals, which have been viewed by over 100 million people around the world. Engaging interviews and extended sequences of the Marukis at work are shown. Directed by John Junkerman. 58 min. DVD 4139

A dramatized documentary exploring the humanity and the horror of the first atomic attack. Set in the three weeks from the test explosion in New Mexico to the dropping of the bomb, the action takes viewers into the room where the crucial political decisions are made, on board the Enola Gay, inside the bomb as it explodes, and in Hiroshima. Narrator: John Hurt. 2005. 92 min. DVD 5808

Hiroshima no pika
An animated film based on the award winning children's book by the Japanese artist Toshi Maruki. Through Maruki's hear-rending but beautiful water color illustrations, the film tells the story of a young girl and her family who live through the horrific bombing of Hirsohima. Based on the book "Hiroshima no pika " by Toshi Maruki. Directed by Noriaki Tsuchimoto. 25 min. DVD 4139

Hiroshima, the People's Legacy.
Drawings and illustrations by survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb challenge viewers to evaluate the event's impact from a personal viewpoint. Recalls stories of the artists, often in their own words, translated by a narrator, and includes photographs and films of Hiroshima prior to and after the blast. 45 min. Video/C 536

I Am Become Death: They Made the Bomb.
Here six of the experimental physicists involved in the creation of the atomic bomb speak about their experiences at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. As their lives and work at Los Alamos are revealed, they relate stories of contradictons and jealousies and how each came to terms with the atomic era's most immediate consequence: the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Commentary: Edward Teller, Hans Bethe, Robert Wilson, Robert Serber, Robert Christy, Harold Agnew, Paul Tibbets. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 9856

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J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of the Atomic Bomb
xamines the life of controversial physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who led the Manhattan Project in 1942 and came to be known as "Father of the atomic bomb." Although he served as a government adviser on nuclear weapons, he eventually campaigned against further development of nuclear arms. Broadcast as an episode of the A&E Network television program A&E Biography. c1995. 46 min. Video/C MM31

Day After Trinity. DVD 1245; also VHS 242

The Mushroom Club
A filmmaker's journey to Hiroshima, sixty years after the bomb. The film features ten hibakusha or atomic bomb survivors. The oldest was a 25 year old newlywed and the youngest weren't born yet when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. On that day, all of their lives were unalterably changed, beyond what most of us can image. Produced, written, directed, filmed and edited by Steven Okazaki. c2005. 35 min. DVD 6621

Nagasaki Journey = Nagasaki Jani.
A look at the immediate and continuing aftermath after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The film tells personal stories of two Japanese survivors of the bombing and a U.S. marine who was one of the first American troops to occupy the city after thewar ended. Features recently discovered film footage shot by Marines during their occupation, as well as striking photos taken the day after the blast by Japanese Army photographer, Yosuke Yamahata. 28 min. Video/C 4060.

No More Hibakusha.
This powerful and moving documentary focuses on a few of the 80 hibakusha who journeyed from Japan to New York in June, 1982, to take part in peace demonstrations held to coincide with the United Nation's Second Special Session on Disarmament. The film reveals the mental anguish of the hibakusha who are still haunted by nightmares. Director, Martin Duckworth. 1983. 56 min. DVD 8198; vhs Video/C 849

Original Child Bomb: Meditations on the Origin of the Atomic Age
Combines declassified footage, photographs, drawings and animation to re-imagine the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the perspective of the victims. Use of the testimonies of soldiers and ordinary people who witnessed that day. Questions the political rhetoric surrounding concepts of "security" and "weapons of mass destruction" as they relate to nuclear weapons. Inspired by the poem by Thomas Merton. Director, Carey Schonegevel. 2004. 57 min. DVD X2957

Rain of Ruin: The Bombing of Nagasaki.
Film presents an examination of the political and military history of the weeks leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan. Top historical scholars present the principal theories which explain why the bombing occurred, revealing it to be a more complex event than normally believed. The program draws on previously unpublished, declassified documents from American, Japanese and Soviet archives, as well as remarkable film footage. Also features interviews with members of the U.S. bomber crew, Nagasaki survivors, and other key participants. 56 min. Video/C 4059.

Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb holocausts reveal their fears and profound traumas, including recurring nightmares, radiation-related ailments, and community ostracism, and describe their fight for government medical insurance coverage. Interviews with thirty Japanese Americans who have either returned or immigrated to the United States are augmented with archival and newsreel footage and commentary by medical and psychiatric professionals. 58 min. Video/C 1242

Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Chronicles the top secret history, design, production and testing of atomic and hydrogen bombs by the United States and other countries. Incorporates rare previously unreleased and classified government footage of these weapons and interviews with Edward Teller and Frank H. Shelton. 120 min. DVD 2090

White Light, Black Rain
Directors of photography, Takafumi Kawasaki, Steve Condiotti, Masafumi Ichinose. In August 1945, the world was transformed in the blink of an eye when American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. The destruction was unprecedented and the bombings precipitated the end of World War II. Contains archival footage and stunning photography. Interviews are from both Japanese survivors and the Americans who believed that their involvement would help end a brutal conflict. Produced, directed & edited by Steven Okazaki. Originally produced as a documentary film in 2007. 86 min. DVD 8412

Witness to Hiroshima
Japanese citizen Keiji Tsuchiya uses 12 powerful watercolors to tell the story of his experiences in Hiroshima as a 17-year-old soldier immediately following the dropping of the atomic bomb. While the film addresses a horrific moment in history, it emphasizes how Mr. Tsuchiya has directed his life toward purpose and healing through lifelong commitments to advocating for atomic survivors, opposing nuclear weapons, and preserving the horseshoe crab. Director, editor, Kathy Slonae. c2008. 16 min. DVD X1205

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Cold War/Nuclear Proliferation

Cold War Propaganda and Atomic Hysteria
War and War-Era Movies: Cold War & World War III

The Archives of War
A documentary series of 20th century wars using film shot by British Pathe News, from the trenches of World War I, through the destruction of World War II, to the Cold War's atomic arsenals and the horrors of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Disc 1. World War I and the interwar years ; World War II: The leaders -- Disc 2. World War II: The battles ; The Cold War -- Disc 3. Korea ; Vietnam. DVD 1704

Are We Winning, Mommy?
An examination of the historical roots of the Cold War and its effects on American life. The film features a wealth of images and historical footage from both European and American archives as well as revealing interviews with some of the key players on both sides. A primary focus is on the role of the mass media in shaping attitudes and controlling American anti-communist feeling about the Cold War, with illustrations, simultaneously comic and chilling, from Hollywood features, TV programs, and animated cartoons. 1986. 87 min. Video/C MM1001

A is for Atom, B is for Bomb: A Portrait of Edward Teller (Nova series).
A composite portrait of Edward Teller, assembled from interviews with the nuclear scientist, with his associates, and with his opponents. Also gives a history of nuclear weapons research in America. Video/C 135

America in the Second Nuclear Age
A conversation with: Jonathan Schell, Frances FitzGerald, Michael Nacht, Mark Danner Sponsored by the Goldman Forum on the Press & Foreign Affairs and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Co-sponsored by The Commonwealth Club of California. The live event took place on April 30, 2003 in Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley. 1 hour, 35 minutes

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The Arsenal (America; 11).
Deals with the American way of war from colonial Williamsburg to the modern sentimental traditions of the armed forces. 52 min. Video/C 1425

Ashes of the Cold War.
Chronicles the recent history of two American military contractors. General Dynamics, once the country's largest defense manufacturer, and Hughes Aircraft Company, the largest supplier of military electronics,as each tries to carve out a future in a radically changed defense environment. 56 min. Video/C 3065

Atomic Attack.
1960's documentary which shows a typical American family coping with the crisis that occurs when an atomic bomb is dropped on a nearby city. 60 min. Video/C 2292.

The Atomic Cafe
A documentary exploration of the United States government's propaganda promoting the atomic bomb. Relies on film clips of the 1940's and 1950's, including bits and pieces of propoganda films, newsreels, popular songs, and defense training films. Includes such issues as bomb shelters, atomic fallout and teaching children to "duck and cover." 1982. 92 min. DVD 1133; Video/C 1025

Public Shelter

Atomic Newsreels, or Pathetic Atomic Tests
Contents: News magazine of the screen: Atomic energy / Warner-Pathe News (1950s, 22 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, Vol. 2, issue 6 / Warner-Pathe News (1952, 23 min.) -- News magazine of the screen, Vol. 5, issue 10 / Warner-Pathe News (1955, 22 min.).

News magazine of the screen: Atomic energy: Excellent compilation of 1950s newsreel stories on atomic weapons testing, civil defense and nuclear energy. News magazine of the screen, Vol. 2, issue 6: Edited for use in schools this collection of newsreels includes the Frenchman's Flat, Nevada nuclear test. Also includes other events of the time. News magazine of the screen, Vol. 5, issue 10: Edited for use in schools, a collection of newsreels which includes civil defense drills for a nuclear attack. Also includes other events of the time. DVD 2660

Atomic Propaganda Films
Contents: About fallout / U.S. Office of Civil Defense (1955, 9 min.) -- About fallout / U.S. Office of Civil Defense (1963, 23 min.) -- Hanford Science Forum / sponsored by General Electric (1957, 10 min.) -- Stay safe, stay strong: the facts about nuclear weapons / produced for the U.S. Air Force (1960, 23 min.).

About fallout (1955): The U.S. Office of Civil Defense produced this film to "debunk" popular beliefs about nuclear fallout. Features a segment on how to simply "wash and wipe" contaminated foods to make them safe for eating after a nuclear attack. About fallout (1963): The U.S. Office of Civil Defense found its earlier film by the same name so good, and that so much more needed to be told, that they took the film and expanded it by nearly twice its original length to dispel many of the "common myths and fallacies" about radioactive fallout. Hanford Science Forum: General Electric sponsored this television piece of residential propaganda to assure the residents of Richland, Washington that the Hanford Plutonium Plant was not poisoning the Columbia River with radioactive agents. Stay safe, stay strong: the facts about nuclear weapons: In animated format, a splendid piece of interdepartmental propaganda, produced for the U.S. Air Force, seeking to instruct their personnel about the power, physics, testing, delivery and handling of nuclear weapons. DVD 2659

Atomic Scare Films. Volume 1
Contents: Survival under atomic attack / U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration (b&w, 1951, 9 min.); Duck and cover (b&w, 195-?, 10 min.); American cities atomic fallout strategy / U.S. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (color, 195-?, 27 min.); The Atom strikes / U.S. Army Pictorial Service (b&w, 195-?, 30 min.); You can beat the A-Bomb (b&w, 1950, 20 min.); Two Civil defense commercials / U.S. National Guard (b&w, 3 min.); Radioactive fallout and shelter (color, 20 min.).

Motion pictures produced by various agencies of the U.S. government that explain the perils of atom bomb attack and precautions to be taken during a raid. They show where to go and what to do when a bomb explodes, what protective measures to employ against radiation, the building and use of fallout shelters, the use of geiger counters, and how to provide emergency medical treatment when no assistance is available. Duck and cover uses animation to teach elementary school children how to protect themselves. The Atom strikes gives views of the Hiroshima bombing and closeup shots of devastated areas. Also includes two TV commercials concerning the readiness of the National Guard in time of attack. 120 min. Video/C 4868

Atomic T.V.
Contents: Duck and cover (10 min, 1950); Survival under atomic attack (9 min., 1952); The Future is now (14 min., 195-?); Five promotions for science fiction films which involve nuclear energy (11 min., 195-?); A Captain Midnight promotion featuring the ballplayer, Duke Snider (2 min., 195-?); Captain Midnight: Atomic proving grounds (14 min., 195-?).

Two documentary films produced by the U.S. government focus on how to survive an atomic attack. Duck and Cover teaches elementary school children how to protect themselves during an atomic attack while Survival under Atomic Attack explains the dangers of the atom bomb and survival skills to adults. The Future is Now focuses on technological advances in the early '50's predicting the invention of new electronic household devices, computers and demonstrates future uses of nuclear power and solar energy. The Captain Midnight episode demonstrates how this superhero survives an atom bomb explosion by hiding in an air raid shelter. 60 min. Video/C 4803

Bay of Pigs Declassified
Drawing extensively on documents that were kept under wraps for nearly 40 years, this documentarty tells the complete story of the ill-fated invasion. Scholars and historians examine its place in the drama of the Cold War, and reveal how it still colors U.S.-Cuban relations. Originally broadcast on television program History undercover in 1996. 50 min. DVD X747

The Bikini Atoll
On July 1, 1946 the United States military began twelve years of nuclear testing at Bikini in the South Pacific's Marshall Islands. This video includes archival footage of the nuclear explosions, interviews with the scientists in Los Alamos who developed the bombs used at Bikini, firsthand accounts from Bikini islanders who were forced to leave their homes, and views of sunken ships offshore that now attract undersea wreck divers. Produced and directed by Nick Versteeg. c1997. 49 min. Video/C MM885

Birth of the Bomb.
Tells the story of the atomic bomb, from the race between the U.S. and Nazi Germany to develop it, to its use against the Japanese. 50 min. Video/C 801

Bound by the Wind
Discusses the effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially the effects on the human population. Features victims of radioactive fallout from these tests. Includes interviews with victims who live near the test sites as well as those who live downwind of the sites, the "downwinders." Produced by David L. Brown. 1993. 59 min. DVD 8976

Brave New World, 1945-62: Cold War Begins.(People's Centuiry).
Just over fifty years ago, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe and rejoiced at the defeat of Nazi Germany but their optimism was short lived. This film tracks the building tensions between these two superpowers, from the post-war world of the late 1940s through the early 1960s, as the hope for peace swiftly disintegrated into a "cold" war. Here eyewitnesses recall the meeting on the Elbe, the impact of Stalin, Churchill and Khrushchev, propaganda wars between the two nations, the Berlin blockade, the Hungarian uprising and the installation of the Berlin Wall. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5552

Building Bombs
Profiling a diverse cast of outspoken community members, from a physicist-turned-peace-activist, a politician who speechifies on the good jobs created by the plant, and a worker whose body courses with radioactive particles, Building bombs artfully grapples with the profound realities of a world filled with nukes by listening closely to those who must live day-to-day in the shadow of the H-bomb. Extras (ca. 105 min.): Filmmaker interviews ; short films from the Atomic Energy Commission ; discussion of the PBS censorship controversy ; photo gallery ; theatrical trailer ; filmmaker biographies. Produced and directed by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson. 1989. 55 min. DVD X460

Clouds of Doubt.
Explores the issue of the safety of atomic bomb tests conducted by the United States in Nevada in the 1950's. Official denials of health hazards are contradicted by the comments of scientists such as Linus Pauling, John Gofman, and Richard Mancuso who insist the Atomic Energy Commission knew the risks involved. 50 min. Video/C 213.

The Cold War. 1998. 47 min. each installment.

Comrades, 1917-1945. Though ideological enemies, the Soviet Union and the United States are allies against Hitler during WWII. At the end of the war, Europe is divided, and the one-time allies now confront each other knowing that the United States has the atomic bomb. Video/C 5735

Iron Curtain, 1945-1947. The Soviet Union dominates Eastern Europe. Churchill warns of the consequences. Stalin insists that the governments of the Soviet Union's client states be pro-communist. Impoverished after the war, Great Britain opts out as a world power. The United States assumes the mantle of world leadership. Video/C 5735

Marshall Plan, 1947-1952. The United States adopts the Truman doctrine, pledging to defend freedom worldwide. Secretary of State George Marshall plans to bolster economic recovery in Europe. Seeing this as a threat, Stalin forbids his satellites to participate. The world effectively divides. Video/C 5735

Berlin, 1948-1949 In Berlin, the American, British and French sectors form a Western enclave in the Soviet zone of divided Germany. In June 1948, the Soviets blockade the city, but the Western allies successfully airlift in supplies. In August 1949, Soviet scientists explode an atomic bomb, establishing nuclear parity between the two superpowers. Video/C 5736

Reds, 1947-1953. Following Stalin's domination of Eastern Europe and the loss of China, American democracy falls victim to anti-communist hysteria, but survives it. Eisenhower is elected President. In the Soviet Union, Stalin reinforces the climate of terror on which his rule is based. When he dies in 1953, the Soviet people mourn the end of an era. Video/C 5736

Korea, 1949-1953. In June 1950, North Korea invades the South, with Stalin's blessing. The United States, backed by the United Nations, defends South Korea, and then is confronted by communist China. In mid-1951, the war grinds to a bloody stalemate but eventually an armistice is signed. Aggression has been contained. Video/C 5736

After Stalin, 1953-1956. Thaw is conceivable with Stalin's death. Khrushchev outmaneuvers Malenkov for power and visits the West. Germans, Poles and Hungarians attempt to rise against Soviet rule. In 1956, an uprising in Hungary is ruthlessly crushed by Soviet tanks. The United States, pledged to contain rather than overthrow communism, does nothing. Video/C 5737

Sputnik, 1949-1961. In the mid-50s, the Soviet Union seems to be forging ahead. In October 1957, the first Soviet satellite Sputnik orbits the earth--to the dismay and fear of the United States, frustrated by its own ineffectual space program. In 1961, the Soviets launch Yuri Gargarin into space. America will have to meet the challenge. Video/C 5737

The Wall, 1958-1963. The fate of Germany remains unresolved. West Germany has been admitted to NATO. Within East Germany, Berlin is divided between East and West by an open border. Thousands seize the chance to flee the communist system. To keep their people in, the East Germans, with Soviet backing, build The Wall. Video/C 5737

Cuba, 1959-1962. Khruschev decides, with Castro's agreement, to install short-range and medium-range missiles in Cuba, only 90 miles from the U.S. The United States detects the missile sites and blockades the island. The superpowers confront each other; but rather than embark on nuclear war, they each step back. Video/C 5738

Vietnam, 1954-1968. Vietnam has been divided since the end of French colonial rule. The North is run by communists, the South by anti-communists. Ignoring warnings against involvement in a nationalist struggle, the United States commits its armed forces. American protests against the war mount as the U.S. begins to realize this is not a war it can win. Video/C 5738

MAD, 1960-1972. Throughout the 60s, the U.S. and the Soviet Union are locked in a nuclear stand-off; each realizes that bombing the enemy could provoke retaliation and self-destruction. Nuclear strategy evolves into Mutual Assured Destruction, or MAD, in which both sides are guaranteed certain annihilation in the event of nuclear war. Video/C 5738

Make Love Not War, The Sixties. Western economies grow and prosper, fueled partly by armaments production. Rejecting their parents' affluence and the Cold War, many of the young protest and rebel. There is racial violence in U.S. inner cities while rock music comes to express the mood of a disenchanted generation. Video/C 5739

Red Spring, The Sixties.In the Soviet bloc, communist rule stifles ambition and achievement. Soviet defense expenditure cripples economic growth. The young lust for totems of America's youth culture--blue jeans and rock-n-roll. In Czechoslovakia, Dubcek attempts limited reform, but in 1968, Soviet force crushes the Prague Spring. Video/C 5739

China, 1949-1972. Chinese communists win the longest civil war in 20th century history. Mao's land reforms are popular but in 1958, he embarks on a series of catastrophic changes. China maintains an increasingly uneasy relationship with the Soviet Union. In 1960 the Sino-Soviet split paves the way for President Nixon's historic visit to Beijing. Video/C 5739

Detente, 1969-1975. North Vietnam launches a new offensive against the South. The U.S. steps up its bombing campaign but seeks peace through diplomacy. Nixon and Brezhnev sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT). The U.S. finally withdraws from Vietnam. Detente culminates in the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. Video/C 5740

Good Guys, Bad Guys, 1967-1978 The superpowers use surrogates to wage ideological and often physical conflict. In 1967 and 1973, American backed-Israel triumphs over Soviet-backed Egypt and Syria. In Africa, the Soviets exploit nationalist, anti-colonial struggles. The U.S. supports South Africa in its battle against communism. Video/C 5740

Backyard, 1954-1990. The U.S. has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilize leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean President Salvador Allende; in the 1980s, it supports right-wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Video/C 5740

Freeze, 1977-1981. Concern for human rights in the East grows; detente ebbs. The Soviets arm Eastern Europe. The U.S. threatens to site missiles in Western Europe. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan ends detente. Promising tougher measures against Moscow, Reagan defeats Carter for the presidency. In Poland, martial law is imposed. Video/C 5741

Soldiers of God, 1975-1988. Afghanistan is a war that costs the lives of almost 15,000 Soviet conscripts and an estimated one million Afghans. The U.S. supplies billions of dollars of weapons to unlikely allies--Islamic fundamentalists. The result is a Vietnam-style conflict which takes its toll on the Soviets and hastens the end of the Cold War. Video/C 5741

Spies, 1944-1994. Early CIA attempts to penetrate the Iron Curtain are thwarted. The U.S. reacts with increasingly sophisticated technological intelligence--the U-2 spy-plane, satellite reconnaissance and electronic eavesdropping. Yet human spies remain important. Sometimes betrayers, sometimes betrayed, many spies pay with their lives. Video/C 5741

Star Wars, 1980-1988. Reagan boosts U.S. defense spending and proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, an anti-missile system in space. New premier Gorbachev knows the Soviets can't match the U.S., and wants to liberalize and reconstruct the Russian economy. After summits in Geneva, Reykjavik and Washington, the leaders agree to drastic arms cuts. Video/C 5742

The Wall Comes Down, 1989. Incredibly quickly, the Soviet bloc is breaking up, virtually without bloodshed. First Poland, then Hungary, then East Germany slip away from communist control. Gorbachev makes no effort to hold them back with force. Amid scenes of jubilation, the hated Berlin Wall comes down. Video/C 5742

Cold War. ConclusionsThe U.S. proves the stronger, the Soviet Union implodes. Germany is reunified. Shorn of its empire and communist domination, Russia faces its future with its economy in chaos. The balance of terror that has kept the peace for more than 40 years vanishes. The Cold War has ended without the use of nuclear weapons. Video/C 5742

Countdown to Zero
Tracing the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever as over 40 nations have the technical capacity to construct nuclear weapons. Written and directed by Lucy Walker. c2010. 89 min. DVD X5006

Cuban Missile Crisis Tapes
An analysis of the debates and strategies discussed by Kennedy and his closest advisers during the Cuban Missile Crisis taken from the recently released audio tapes from the Kennedy Library. Commentary by Robert McNamara. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on October 24, 1996. 23 min. Video/C 5948

Dark Circle.
A documentary that follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado, to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Produced and directed by Chris Beaver, Judy Irving, Ruth Landy. DVD special features: "Nagasaki journey; Hidden voices" -- the true story of Karen Silkwood (8 min.) ; interview with the filmmakers; filmmaker biographies. 82 min. DVD 7505; vhs Video/C 1556

The boat Everyman was built by peace groups in the San Francisco Bay Area for the purpose of protesting nuclear testing by sailing into Pacific Ocean nuclear test zones. The film covers Everyman's first and only voyage on May 27, 1962 when it sailed twenty miles out to sea, only to be stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard, which arrested the crew and impounded the boat. Protests included sit-in demonstrations at the U.S. Marshal's office, in which Joan Baez took part, singing "We Shall Overcome." The crew was sentenced to 30 days in jail. A film by Harvey Richards. 1962. 21 min. DVD 4242

Fallout, 1945. (People's Century, 1997.)
Tells of the impact of nuclear energy upon the world starting with the first use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and covering nuclear testing, the "arms race", protest movements against nuclear armaments and nuclear power and the nuclear power plant accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Video/C 6432

The False Frontier.
The Strategic Defense Initiative is quickly becoming one of the largest research and development programs in the United States. This provides an overview of the key issues central to the debate over Star Wars. 12 min. Video/C 1270

Fatal Competition
(Age of Uncertainty series). Features economist John Kenneth Galbraith discussing some of the ideas and views that are presented in his book of the same title as the series. Investigates the origins and development of the military and industrial economy as a result of the Cold War and the continuing rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. 60 min. Video/C 484

Fate of the Earth (Planet Earth series).
Charts the birth of life on earth and traces the evolution of life today. Discusses the human role as caretaker of earth and all life on it. Discusses the issues nuclear warfare. 58 min. Video/C 888

Free Zone: Democracy Meets the Nuclear Threat.
Shows how local communities over the world have put into place nuclear free zones and are trying to change from a weapons to a peace economy. 44 min. Video/C 1553

The Future of Physics and the Military with Charles Schwartz.
Series organized by the U.C. Berkeley Society of Physics Students. Video/C 1339

Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age
Using archival footage, explanatory headlines, and up-to-date interviews, this documentary examines the effects on the people of Rongelap, the Marshall Islands atoll where the U.S. testing of the atomic bomb in 1954 created devastating fallout. Produced and directed by Dennis O'Rourke. 1986. 86 min. Video/C MM246

How are the Mighty Fallen (Europe, the Mighty Continent; 11).
Discusses the post-World War II establishment of the Iron Curtain and the beginning of Cold War tensions which reached a climax with the 1948-49 Russian blockade of West Berlin. 52 min. DVD 2808 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4893

How Much is Enough?: Decision Making in the Nuclear Age
Produced, written and reported by Andrew Stern ; director, Samuel R. Shore. 1982. 52 min. Video/C 404 NRLF #: B 3 969 298

How Well We Meant.
A documenatry showing what happens when the creators of the atomic bomb meet four decades after their collaborations and how they view their personal contributions. 28 min. Video/C 722

In Case of Nuclear War
A compilation of short films on the atom bomb and hydrogen bomb, originally produced primarily in the 1950s. Contents: Fallout : when and how to protect yourself against it / presented by Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization ; produced by Creative Arts Studio Inc. (14:10) -- Warning red / Norwood Studios presents ; director, Nicholas Webster ; producer, Philip Martin ; script, Kirby Hawkes (1956, 13:42) -- Atom bomb newsreel (20:23) -- Town of the times / a Wilding production presented by the Department of Defense Office of Civil Defense (25:01) -- Rural civil defense t.v. spots (2:00) -- A New look at the H-bomb / a Federal Civil Defense Administration presentation (10:09) -- The Atom strikes! / produced by Army Pictorial Service Signal Corps (30:41) -- Self-preservation in an atomic bomb attack / the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project presents ; produced by Cascade Pictures of California Inc. (1950, 17:39) -- Let's face it / Federal Civil Defense Administration presents ; produced by United States Air Force Lookout Mountain Laboratory ; Air Photographic & Charting Service (1954, 13:27) -- The House in the middle / produced by the National Clean Up Paint Up Fix Up Bureau with the cooperation of the Federal Civil Defense Administration (1954, 12:09) -- Bomb experiment, poetic vision (7:44). DVD X5432

Japan & the Atomic Bomb (The Course of our Times; 23).
Dr. Abram Sachar lectures on Japan's involvement in World War II, and on the development of the atomic bomb that brought about surrender. He discusses the controversy that preceded and followed the decision to use the bomb. Finally, he deplores the failure of the major world powers to establish control over nuclear power. 29 min. DVD 9623 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 23

The JFK Tapes: [Eavesdropping on the Cuban Missile Crisis].
The John F. Kennedy Library recently released tapes of dicussions held on October 22, 1962, debating the actions that the U.S. should take to counter the Soviet missiles based in Cuba. The Senators advocated air strikes but others thought that the preparation time needed would jeopardize U.S. security. As it turned out, the U.S. underestimated the size of the Soviet presence in Cuba. The discussions concluded just 45 minutes before President Kennedy went on national television to announce the blockade of Cuba. Moderator and interviewer, Cokie Roberts; interview with Robert S. McNamara alternates with excerpts of taped discussions between John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara and Dean Rusk and the National Security Council and Senators Richard Russell and J.W. Fulbright. Broadcast as a Nightline program December 24, 1994. 33 min. Video/C 6261

Last Empire.
A documentary looking at history and analyzing the reasons for United States political and military interventionism in other countries. 30 min. Video/C 1138

Losing Control?
Examines the role of computers in nuclear arms control and nuclear warfare. 58 min. Video/C 1555

The Loss of an Enemy.
Produced by the Center for Defense Information. Examines the gains and costs of the cold war to Americans. 29 min. Video/C 2559

Messengers from Moscow.
In this four part history of the Cold War told from the Soviet point of view, Soviet political leaders, military personnel and spies who ran their country speak candidly about what the Soviet Union really wanted during the 40-year-long Cold War. c1995. 53-55 min. each installment.

Program 1, The Struggle for Europe. Recounts the story of Stalin's attempt to take control of Germany and Western Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Soviet agents and communist officials tell of their efforts to seize political power in the war-torn European states, a goal frustrated by Western resolve and Stalin's own ruthless methods. Video/C MM68

Program 2, The East is Red. Looks at how the dream of a growing communist power bloc uniting the Soviet Union and China turned into Moscow's biggest nightmare. This program offers new evidence that points to Stalin as the key to the outbreak of the Korean War -- part of his strategy to keep communist China in line. Video/C MM69

Program 3, Fires in the Third World. Features the testimony of top administrators of Soviet policy, as well as KGB agents and military leaders, who reveal the Kremlin's hand in Cuba and Vietnam -- the two most explosive crises of the Cold War. This episode includes rare home movies from the Khrushchev family personal archives, and new insights into controversial events like the Cuban Missile Crisis. Video/C MM70

Program 4, The Center Collapses. In this final segment pivotal figures from the last decade of Soviet power recount the startling collapse of the empire, even as it bristled with military might. Soviet political, military and KGB officials reveal how Lenin's idea of world revolution led to the growth of a military-industrial complex that ultimately, proved to be the revolution's undoing. Video/C MM71

A film about the 4315th Training Squadron of the Strategic Air Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California which trains Air Force officers who, if ordered, will launch the nuclear firepower of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Sequences include discussion of the moral and military issues of nuclear war; the arming, targeting and launching of the missile; codes; communications; protection against terrorist attack; emergency procedures; staff meetings; tutorial sessions. The film follows the trainees through the various stages of the 14-week training through graduation and assignment to staff Launch Control Centers. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 1976. 115 min. Video/C MM1075

No First Use: Preventing Nuclear War.
This program makes a case against the policy of possible first use of nuclear weapons. 30 min. Video/C 531

No More War.
Film of the speech "No more Hiroshimas" by Dr. Linus Pauling and his wife in McArthur Park, Los Angeles, and a 1961 Los Angeles peace demonstration. 16 min. Video/C 9343

The Nuclear Cold War: Phases and Transitions (Emilio Segre lecture; 3).
American physicist, former UC chancellor and director of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory at its inception, Herbert F. York, discusses forty-five years of his involvement in the development of nuclear power, nuclear weapons, the cold war, and attempts to limit atomic weapons. 82 min. Video/C 3844

Nuclear Strategy for Beginners (Nova series).
Looks back over the four decades of the atomic age to try to understand how the modern world has acquired an arsenal of over 50,000 nuclear weapons;. Also explores the continuing debate about whether nuclear weapons deter war or only make it more likely. 57 min. Video/C 910

Nuclear Winter: Changing Our Way of Thinking.
(Educational Film & Video Project, 1986) From the Natural Resources Defense Council, 1985 Marshall Lecture. Dr. Carl Sagan explains the theory of nuclear winter and describes the catastrophic consequences of nuclear winter for the entire earth. Discusses the insanity of American and Soviet military policies and strategies which, if carried through, would result in nuclear winter. 58 min. Video/C 1557

Physics and National Security .
Part 1: The Role of Academics in National Security by Richard Muller. Part 2: U.C. Management of Weapons Laboratories and the Reliability of the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal by Hugh Dewitt. Video/C 1338 Security of Our Space-based Assets and Arms Control in Space by Michael May. Video/C 1339

Plutonium: Element of Risk.
A presentation of KCET, Los Angeles. 60 min. Video/C 30

Public Shelter.
This CD-ROM inspired by Jayne Loader's The Atomic Cafe, contains 30 min. of video, 400 photographs, 18 original songs, 12 hours of audio and 1500 text files all pertaining to atomic weapons and energy, from the Trinity test to the present. Most of the documents have been recently declassified by the U.S. government and deal with nuclear accidents, nuclear waste, atomic testing and government-sponsored radiation experiments on humans. Also includes apocalyptic science fiction by Vonda McIntyre, Mary Rosenblum, John Stith, Joe Haldeman, David Brin and scenes from J. Loader's The Atomic Cafe. Compu/D 304

Race for the Superbomb
Featuring newly discovered archival sources from Russia, civil defense films, and recently declassified military footage, this Cold War epic documents the struggle to create the hydrogen bomb, a weapon that could save the world from a devastating war -- or doom it to annihilation. Based in part on Rhodes, Richard. Dark Sun: the making of the hydrogen bomb / Richard Rhodes. New York: Simon & Schuster, c1995. (Main Stack UG1282.A8.R46 1995) 1999. 113 min. Video/C 7460

Radio Bikini (American Experience).
In July 1946 on Bikini Atoll, the United States tested two atomic bombs--code named "Operation Crossroads". This incident was the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history before Chernobyl. Features interviews with Kilon Bauno, Chief of the Bikinians, and John Smitherman, veteran of the tests. 56 min. Video/C 1527

Sputnik Mania
On Oct. 4, 1957, the USSR announced to an unsuspecting world that it had launched the first man-made object ever to successfully orbit earth. Americans were stunned and then terrified. Americans asked themselves what had happened to our academic and technological superiority; could the Soviets overtake us; could their satellites be used as weapons of mass destruction? Recalls the impact the satellite had on the American psyche, and how the shock catapulted the nation from complacency into action. [Disc 1]. Feature film (87 min.) -- [Disc 2]. Bonus. Alert today, alive tomorrow (16 min.) ; Yankee go home (36 min.) ; Communist society (30 min.) ; Laica (6 min.) ; Missiles, missiles, missiles (7 min.). Directed by David Hoffman. c2008. 87 min. DVD X1116

Star Wars.
Discussion of the Star Wars defense program and the arms race in development of space weapons between the United States and Soviet Union. 29 min. Video/C 293

The Strangest Dream
Tells the story of physicist Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons, and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs --an international movement Rotblat co-founded --to halt nuclear proliferation. The story takes us from the site of the first nuclear test, in New Mexico, to Cairo, where contemporary Pugwash scientists meet under the cloud of nuclear proliferation, and to Hiroshima, to meet survivors of the first atomic attack. Contents: 1. Trinity intro -- 2. Title sequence -- 3. Cairo Pugwash -- 4. Rotblat remembered -- 5. World War II begins -- 6. Los Alamos -- 7. Rotblat leaves Manhattan Project -- 8. Hiroshima -- 9. Cold War beginnings -- 10. Medical physics -- 11. Nuclear testing -- 12. Lucky dragon -- 13. Russell-Einstein manifesto -- 14. Pugwash -- 15. Khrushchev supports Pugwash -- 16. The Cuban missile crisis -- 17. Vietnam -- 18. Gorbachev -- 19. Russia and the U.S. -- 20. Rotblat final years -- 21. Us and them -- 22. Hiroshima lanterns. Director, Eric Bednarski. 2008. DVD X2143

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Strangelove Revisited: How We Were Taught to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Clips from recently declassified motion pictures originally produced by the U.S. government in the early 1950s for the benefit of U.S. military personnel and politicians intended to set people's minds at ease about the production and testing of nuclear weapons. Commentary br Harold Agnew, Richard Rhodes. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on January 15, 1997. 23 min. Video/C 5954

To What End?
Discusses the history of nuclear warfare and weapons and the nuclear arms build-up. 58 min. Video/C 1437

Vent de sable: Le Sahara des essais nucléaires
On Frebruary 13, 1961 in the Algerian Sahara, fifty miles from the town of Reggane, France exploded its first atomic bomb during the war of independence. Former conscripts, soldiers, civilians and ordinary workers who have stayed at nuclear sites in the Sahara explain the human and environmental impact which still affects the lives of Algerian and French families today. A film by Larbi Benchiha. In French without English subtitles. 2008. 58 min. DVD X4904

Visions of Star Wars.
Bill Kurtis hosts this documentary which reports on the controversy surrounding the Strategic Defense Initiative Program. Includes excerpts from Presidential news conferences, interviews with military and other experts, and a brief history of the evolution of nuclear weapons. 118 min. Video/C 1237

War and Peace (Jang aur Aman)
Filmed over three years in India, Pakistan, and Japan, this documentary examines the militarization of India and analyzes the human cost that is extracted from its citizens in the name of national security. It examines peace activism in India in the face of global militarism and war, the political turmoil between Pakistan and India, the 1998 nuclear tests on the Indian subcontinent and the plight of residents living near the nuclear test site, the horrendous effects of uranium mining on local indigenous populations and interviews with Japanese survivors of Hiroshima. 2002. 170 min. Video/C 8957

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
[each segment is 60 min.] For a more detailed description of each segment check on the MELVYL or GLADIS on-line catalogs using the long display format.
Program 1: Dawn. Video/C 1281.
Program 2: The Weapon of Choice. Video/C 1282
Program 3: A Bigger Bang for the Buck. Video/C 1283
Program 4: Europe Goes Nuclear. Video/C 1284
Program 5: At the Brink. Video/C 1285
Program 6: The Education of Robert McNamara. Video/C 1286.
Program 7: One Step Forward. Video/C 1287.
Program 8: Have and Have-nots. Video/C 1288
Program 9: Carter's New World. Video/C 1289.
Program 10: Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. Video/C 1290
Program 11: Missile Experimental. Video/C 1291
Program 12: Reagan's Shield. Video/C 1292
Program 13: Visions of War and Peace. Video/C 1293

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Weapons in Space: An Overview.
An overview in response to President Reagan's call for research into a space defense against nuclear missiles. 7 min. Video/C 1269

The Weapon of Choice
(War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; 2) Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the development of the hydrogen bomb, the growing reliance of superpowers on nuclear weapons is explored. The Korean War and its impact on U.S. nuclear weapons decisions is also examined. 60 min. Video/C 1282

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice.
Biography in political and social context of Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American woman and humanitarian civil rights activist who first became aware of social injustice in the United States during her time in a Japanese-American interment camp during World War II. She stresses the need for members of all races and ethnicities to work together for common goals, and for a fundamental change in political power structures. Includes interviews with Kochiyama and with members of her family. 58 min. Video/C 4542

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The Vietnamese War

Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond (online media archive)
War Films: Viet Nam
The Sixties
Area Studies: South/Southeast Asia

Bibliography of relevant books and articles on the Vietnam war in the movies

The Vietnam Project (Texas Tech University)
Sounds of Vietnam

[Abbot, Helen] Interview with Activist Helen Abbott.
Interviewer: Harold Adler ; interviewees, Tarnel Abbott, Helen Abbott. An interview with Helen Abbott, founder of the Vietnam Day Committee which consisted of students and activists and other members of the Bay Area community opposed to American intervention in Vietnam. 2002. 112 min. Video/C MM503

The Activist: Hell No, Nobody Goes.
A Dramatization which examines the philosophies and activities of student draft resisters to the Vietnam War situated on the University of California, Berkeley campus in the 1960's. 51 min. DVD 9813 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3797

The Affects of War: The Indochina Refugee Experience.
A brief historical overview of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and the transitional stages common to the refugee experience. 58 min. Video/C 1851

America Against Itself
Presents interviews recorded in 1968 with students, delegates, reporters, ministers, etc. who were at the 1968 Democratic Convention, concerning their attitudes towards the convention and riots, police response and political situation. Interspersed with segments of news footage of the Convention and riots. 1968. 45 min. Video/C 9430

America, Love It or Leave It
During the Vietnam War the largest ever exodus of political refugees took place. 125,000 Americans fled to Canada as draft resisters and deserters. Now twenty years later this documentary examines the impact of this migration on both Canada and the United States. 1990 57 min. Video/C 8163

America's Chief Moral Dilemma [sound recording]
Martin Luther King criticizes the Vietnam war and the injustices it has imposed on Negroes as well as whites. 72 min. Sound/D 203

Documentary about the escalation and diversity of the anti-Vietnam War protest movement on the homefront. Includes conversations with Vietnam vets, teenagers, and Afro-American militants. Graphically depicts the hightened incidents of mass protest and police repression. 1969. 33 min. Video/C 5854

The Anderson Platoon.
Follows the "Anderson Platoon," a racially integrated combat unit, for six weeks during the Vietnam War, as the soldiers eat, sleep, fight, gamble, pray and die together. 64 min. Video/C 3507

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Anti-war Films of the 1960s
Universal Newsreel: Peace march: thousands oppose Vietnam War (4/18/67, 3 min.) -- Universal Newsreel: Protests galore (5/5/67, 3 min.) -- Universal Newsreel: Anti-war demonstrators storm Pentagon (10/24/67, 2 min.) -- The seasons change (1968, 45 min.) -- Columbia revolt (1969, 49 min.) Universal Newsreels: Three newsreels showing demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the United States, Spain, Italy, and London with some coverage of the "March on the Pentagon." Seasons change: Details the events and issues involved in the violent Chicago Police crackdown on anti-war demonstrators during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Includes interviews with demonstation participants, the Chicago 7 and an official statement of the Youth International Party (Yippies). Columbia revolt: This documentary of the student protests and riots at Columbia University in 1968, presents the events as they happened from the perspective of the students, from the early stages of what originally began as a demonstration but quickly became an occupation by students of campus facilites, setting off a chain of events that ultimately resulted in a two month long, violent siege. DVD 5960

The Archives of War
A documentary series of 20th century wars using film shot by British Pathe News, from the trenches of World War I, through the destruction of World War II, to the Cold War's atomic arsenals and the horrors of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Disc 1. World War I and the interwar years ; World War II: The leaders -- Disc 2. World War II: The battles ; The Cold War -- Disc 3. Korea ; Vietnam. DVD 1704

As Seen by Both Sides: American & Vietnamese Artists Look At the War.
This program examines the history and tour of the remarkable exhibit of the same name, and features paintings, rare Vietnamese and American archival footage, and interviews with artists, writers, scholars, veterans and students. The program offers insight into the role which the arts play in chronicling and shaping popular and historical interpretations of the war. 58 min. Video/C 3936

As the Mirror Burns.
It is estimated that over 70% of guerilla forces in the Vietnam War were women. This is the story of the vietnamese women who lived in the underground tunnel systems and raised their children while their land was being bombed; women who were not victims but who were active participants in the war and in efforts to restore peace to their land. 58 min. Video/C 3410

Berkeley Teach-in: Vietnam [sound recording]
Disc 1. -- Professor Staughton Lynd (10:15) -- Professor Aaron Wildavsky (5:15) -- Robert Scheer (5:45) -- Paul Potter (9:45) -- Paul Krassner (4:55) -- Bob Parris (3:55) -- Dr. Benjamin Spock (3:45) -- I.F. Stone (6:20) -- M.S. Arnoni (5:30) -- Disc 2. -- Norman Mailer (14:35) -- Mario Savio (9:15) -- Dick Gregory (7:05) -- Senator Ernest Gruening (10:50) -- Isaac Deutscher (22:40). Recorded at the Berkeley campus of the University of California by Radio Station KPFA in 1965. Presents speeches from a 1965 Berkeley teach-in with speakers opposed to American involvement in Vietnam. "Teach-ins" were developed as a form of politico-educational protest in response to a general need for organized dissent and opposition to a course of government policy abroad.

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Berkeley Veterans Day Celebration
Michael Blecker, Country Joe McDonald, Tom Bates, Dona Spring, David Gan, Bill Mitchell. Coverage of the Veterans Day celebration on November 11, 2005 in Berkeley, California. A film by Harold Adler. DVD 4674

The Betrayal
The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from war-torn Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War, to the mean streets of New York City. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family's extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film. Directors, Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2008. 96 min. DVD X357

The Bloods of 'Nam.
Black Vietnam War veterans talk candidly about the discrimination and prejudice they faced from fellow soldiers, their war experiences, and their disillusionment upon returning to the United States. Based on the book "Bloods: an oral history of the Vietnam War" edited by Wallace Terry (Main Stack DS559.5.B56 1984; Moffitt DS559.5.B56 1984). 1986. 60 min. Video/C 9996

The Burning of Cam Ne
SEE Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite

Contents: Pt. 1. Traces the history of Cambodia, focusing on the rule of Norodom Sihanouk, his overthrow in 1970, and the chaos following his fall from power. (78 min.) Pt. 2. Continues the history through the Pol Pot years, the Vietnamese takeover, and up to the present. 58 min. Video/C 1477 :1-2

Cambodia's Killing Field
This program scrutinizes U.S. violence against technically neutral Cambodia during the Vietnam War, attacks carried out in an effort to deny a haven for communist forces. The decade of upheaval that followed what has been called the low point in American diplomacy, is also addressed as an allegedly U.S.-backed coup drove Norodom Sihanouk into the arms of China and opened the door to the ruthless Khmer Rouge. Commentary by Emory "Coby" Swank and Noel Deschamps, former U.S. and Australian ambassadors to Cambodia; David Whipple, CIA station head in Cambodia; Lao Mong Hay, of the Khmer Institute of Democracy; and historian Stephen Heder is featured. 2003. 56 min. DVD 2028

The Camden 28
Camden, New Jersey, summer, 1971. Protests against the Vietnam war are spreading across America. A group of 28 non-violent activists plan to break into a local draft board office and destroy records in an attempt to strike a blow against the 'system.' But a mole has infiltrated their operation and within hours of beginning their mission they are rounded up and arrested by the FBI, under the personal authority of J. Edgar Hoover. Produced, written and directed by Anthony Giacchino. 2006. 83 min. DVD 8472

Casino Cambodia.
A personal perspective on the history and social conditions of Cambodia as seen through the eyes of a Thai woman who once worked in a Cambodian refugee camp. Program includes interviews with tourists concerning their impressions of Cambodia, interviews with physicians who were relief workers during the Cambodian conflicts, interviews with Cambodian citizens, soldiers and the actor, Haing Ngor, who played in the movie, The Killing Fields. Follows a team of French de-miners through a minefield and examines the atrocities perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge during the Pol Pot regime and looks at the root causes of war and the obstructions to peace in the area. 105 min. Video/C 4061 Pt. 1-2

The Catonsville Nine: Investigation of a Flame
On May 17, 1968, three Catholic priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. This poetic act of civil disobedience helped galvanize an increasingly disillusioned American public against the Vietnam War. This documentary examines this Sixties protest within our current times, when foes of Middle East peace, abortion, and technology resort to violence to access the public imagination. The film combines long-unseen archival footage with interviews with members of the Catonsville Nine, encouraging viewers to ponder the relevance of civil disobedience and the implications of personal sacrifice today. Produced, directed, photographed and edited by Lynne Sachs. 2001. 45 min. DVD X3157; Video/C 8582
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The Century: America's Time. 11, Unpinned
Riots and protests intensified in the U.S. as the war in Vietnam dragged on, with anti-war and civil rights activists seeking violent ways to agitate for peace and equality. This program presents the unrelenting rage that divided the nation during those perilous years, as the Watts race riots, the assissinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and the Kent State killings made headline news. c1999. 45 min. Video/C 6364

The Century: America's Time. 12, Approaching the Apocalypse.
The one bright spot of the 1970's was Nixon's opening of China to the West while the riots at Attica prison and Kent State University, the trauma of the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal, left Americans exhausted, embittered and disillusioned. This program appraises the effects of those blights on the political landscape and their impact on the trust between the government and the governed, so vital to the well-being of a representative democracy such as the United States. c1999. 45 min. Video/C 6365

Century: Events That Shaped the World; 6: No Man's Land: The Fall.
During the Vietnam war the image of desperate people clinging to an evacuation helicopter atop the U.S. embassy, only hours before North Vietnamese troops arrived is seared into the American consciousness. This program uses the story of South Vietnam's last days as a prism through which the dark side of American foreign involvement can be seen. How did the White House and the Pentagon so completely misjudge America's ability to thwart a people's revolution in Southeast Asia? 1999. 43 min. Video/C 6347

The Cold War Series. 47 min. each installment. 1998.
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Vietnam, 1954-1968. Vietnam has been divided since the end of French colonial rule. The North is run by communists, the South by anti-communists. Ignoring warnings against involvement in a nationalist struggle, the United States commits its armed forces. American protests against the war mount as the U.S. begins to realize this is not a war it can win. 47 min. Video/C 5738

Make Love Not War, The Sixties. Western economies grow and prosper, fueled partly by armaments production. Rejecting their parents' affluence and the Cold War, many of the young protest and rebel. There is racial violence in U.S. inner cities while rock music comes to express the mood of a disenchanted generation. Video/C 5739

The Court-Martial of Lt. Calley
The Vietnam War was fought not only in Asia, but also in America. One of the biggest shocks was the realization that American soldiers, and not just distant enemies, were capable of war crimes. The court-martial of a young platoon leader accused of murdering Vietnamese civilians brought a confused nation face to face with this devastating fact. This documentary includes commentary by soldiers in Calley's platoon, archival footage of the atrocities and his court-martial trial. Originally produced as a segment on the television program Court TV in 1998. 37 min. Video/C 7950

Dawn of the Eye. 4, The Powers That be, 1960-1975
In the 1960s, television had become the dominant source of news in North America, and proved to be instrumental in revolutionizing the democratic process by showing the forces of protest and political opposition. It is said that the civil rights movement and anti-war movements could not have succeeded if it were not for television. Includes a look at failed government efforts to control television news. 47 min. Video/C 5945

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
An authentic account of the Vietnam War from the actual letters of the men and women who served there. The harsh realities of life and death, friendships made and lost - these letters home tell it all, with newsreel and home-movie footage shot by the servicemen themselves. These are the authentic voices of war, some who survived, many who never made it home. Based on the book: Dear America : letters home from Vietnam / edited by Bernard Edelman [Main and Moffitt, DS559.5 .D431 1985] Performers: Includes the voices of Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, Willem Dafoe, Robert DeNiro, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Dillon, Matt Dillon, Robert Downey, Jr., Michael J. Fox, Mark Harmon, John Heard, Harvey Keitel, Elizabeth McGovern, Judd nelson, Sean Penn, Randy Quaid, Martin Sheen, Kathleen Turner, Robin Williams. Director, Bill Couturié. Originally shown on television in 1987. 87 min. DVD X2641; vhs Video/C 1230


Emmy Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming; Outstanding Informational Special
International Documentary Association - Best Documentary, Features
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury, Documentary; Grand Jury, Documentary
Television Critics Association Awards - Program of the Year; Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

Greenberg, James. "Theatrical Warfare." (production battles over "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam") American Film v13, n7 (May, 1988):44.
Johnson, Brian D. "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam." (movie reviews) Maclean's v101, n41 (Oct 3, 1988):54E (2 pages).
McIntire, Anthony A. "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam." (movie reviews) Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1126 (2 pages).

Do you Remember Vietnam?
In 1978, three years after the fall of Saigon, John Pilger went back to Vietnam to find out what had happened under the new regime. He talks with a young tour guide at a war crimes museum, who had been imprisoned in the infamous US tiger cages. He follows a former North Vietnamese soldier into the underground base where he spent 20 years crawling through tunnels undetected. He visits the street in Hanoi that was the target of the largest single aerial bombardment in history. And he shows us the re-education camps where former drug addicts, prostitutes, South Vietnam soldiers, and others are being taught what to think. Originally released in 1978 by ATV Network Limited. 52 min. DVD 8404

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Ecocide: A Strategy of War.
Dr. E.W. Pfeiffer talks about the effects of war on the environment in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indochina. 3/4 in. Video/C 329

The End of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Oliver Todd, French journalist; Jim Lehrer, NPACT correspondent and Julian Pettifer, BBC correspondent. A revealing special report on the effect of the Vietnam War on three countries: South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the United States. Rare Video segments of life in Hanoi, filmed by a Swedish TV crew, are shown. 90 min. Video/C 84:1-2

A Face of War.
For 97 days, producer/director Eugene Jones filmed the day-to-day encounters of a single Marine company on patrol in the hearland of Vietnam. Here is what the American soldier saw, heard and felt on the front lines. We see him planning, patrolling, attacking, interrogating, and waiting. We see his humor, his anguish, his fear and his courage. Here is the true Vietnam in all of its vividness and brutality--the memory our men brought home. 77 min. Video/C 5116

Filmer la guerre d'Indochine
Follows French photojournalists into the battlezones as they film the Indochinese War. réalisé par Cedric Condom In French without English subtitles. DVD X4217

First Kill
Documentary about the line between good and evil, focusing on the contradictory emotions that war evokes, such as terror and anger, but also seduction, fascination and excitement. Includes interviews with journalist and author Michael Herr, war photographer Eddie Adams, and other Vietnam veterans. They discuss their aversion and attraction to war and killing. These interviews are juxtaposed with scenes from the war and images of young Vietnamese and foreigners in present day Vietnam who continue to show a fascination with the war and its memory as they tour former battlefields. 2001. 54 min. Video/C 9769

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Fog of War
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. A film by Errol Morris. 2003. 107 min. DVD 2687

From Hollywood to Hanoi.
Tiana (Tiana Thi Thanh Nga) was born in Saigon, Vietnam, where her father was Minister of Information for South Vietnam. In 1966 he moved his family to the U.S. and told Tiana she would never see Vietnam again. Against the wishes of many of her family, she did go back. This video is an account of her journey home and what she discovered in Vietnam. 80 min. Video/C 4200.

Canby, Vincent. "From Hollywood to Hanoi." (movie reviews) Migration World Magazine v21, n5 (Nov-Dec, 1993):42.
Elley, Derek. "From Hollywood to Hanoi." (movie reviews) Variety v349, n5 (Nov 23, 1992):51.
Fairclough, Gordon. "Home Movies: Vietnamese-American Film Maker Proves You Can Go Home Again. (profile of Tiana Alexandra). Far Eastern Economic Review v157, n36 (Sept 8, 1994):78.
Feng, Peter. "Lost in the Media Jungle: Tiana Thi Thanh Nga's Hollywood Mimicry." Amerasia Journal v23, n2 (Fall, 1997):81 (6 pages).
Gitta, Reddy. "From Hollywood to Hanoi" (review and interview with Tiana Thi Thahn Nga ) Cineaste v20, n3 (Summer, 1993); v20, n3 (Summer, 1993):46
RaySircar, Pritha. "From Hollywood to Hanoi." Sojourner, vol. 18 no. 5. 1993 Jan. pp: 30-31.

Front Line.
Australian television cameraman Neil Davis chronicles his observations on the front line of the Southeast Asian war from 1964 to 1975. 55 min. DVD X8625

A documentary about a political troupe headed by actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland which traveled to towns near military bases in the U.S. in the early 1970s. The group put on shows called "F.T.A.", which stood for "F**k the Army", and was aimed at convincing soldiers to voice their opposition to the Vietnam War, which was raging at the time. Various singers, actors and other entertainers performed antiwar songs and skits during the show. Director: Francine Parker. Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Holly Near, Paul Mooney, Len Chandler, Michael Alaimo, Pamela Donegan, F.T.A. Troupe. 1972. 96 min. DVD 8677
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Anderegg, Michael. "Hollywood and Vietnam: John Wayne and Jane Fonda as Discourse." In: Inventing Vietnam : the war in film and television / edited by Michael Anderegg. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1991. Main (Gardner) Stacks and Moffitt DS557.73 .A5 1991)
Shiel, Mark. "Hollywood, the new left, and FTA." In: "Un-American" Hollywood : politics and film in the blacklist era / edited by Frank Krutnik ... [et al.]. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 U5 2007)

General Wastemoreland, Interview, 1998.
An interview with Vietnam War protestor General Wastemoreland (Tom Dunphy) as he recalls his friendship with General Hershey Bar (Calypso Joe) and their experiences in the 1960's protesting against the Vietnam War in Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles through "guerrilla street theater." 48 min. Video/C 5673

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry.
Takes an inside look at Senator John Kerry's tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and how these experiences came to shape his future political career. Loosely based on the book Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley. 2004. 88 min. DVD 3076

The Ghosts of My Lai
On March 16, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, American soldiers killed 504 unarmed civilians in the village of My Lai. This program seeks to understand the massacre and its aftermath through the interwoven narratives of three U.S. soldiers--radioman Fred Widmer, helicopter crewman Larry Colburn, and photographer Ron Haeberle--who were present on that horrific day. The first participated in the slaughter; the second intervened in it; and the third revealed it to the world. In a Pittsburgh classroom and in present-day My Lai, these deeply scarred veterans tell their unforgettable stories with candor, grief, and insight. Directed by Jean Crépu. Dist.: Films Media Group. 53 min. DVD X3060

Hearts and Minds
Examines the American consciousness that led to involvement in Vietnam. Includes the interviews with General William Westmoreland, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow and Daniel Ellsberg. Directed by Peter Davis. 112 min. DVD 1184; Video/C 875
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Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Heart of Darkness: The Vietnam War Chronicles 1945-1975.
Experience the real story of the Vietnam War as told by those who understood it best - the men who fought it. The longest military conflict in U.S. history, the Vietnam War claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans in addition to nearly 6 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians. Featuring rare footage and exclusive interviews, Heart of Darkness is an in-depth look at a war that has left us with many unanswered questions to this day. DVD 6684

Disc 1: Episode 1: Dominoes (1945-1964) -- Episode 2: American boys (1965-1966). Dominoes (1945-1964): The buildup to war began with the French attempting to reestablish control of Indo-China after World War II. For eight years this stuggle continued until 1954 when the battle of Dien Bien Phu marked defeat for the French Legionnaires and began the longest foreigin conflct in America's history. American boys (1965-1966): An attack on the USS Maddox on August 2, 1964, known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, led to the escalation of the United States involvement in the war. 170 min.

Disc 2: Episode 3: LBJ's war (1966-1968) -- Episode 4: Dark days (1968-1970) -- Episode 5: Was it worth it? (1969-1972). LBJ's War (1966-1969): Examines air reconnaissance and tactics to tip the balance in the war including Operation Blackjack, a mission designed to drive the Viet Cong from the Mekong Delta, destroy enemy encampments, capture weapons and crush defenses. Dark days (1968-1970): The Tet Offensive was a coordinated surprise attack launched on January 30, 1968 to paralyze the South Vietnam government and its army in an effort to ignite an uprising among the Vietnamese people. Was it worth it? (1969-1972): One of the most controversial battles of the Vietnam War, Hamburger Hill was a 10 day battle designed to destroy the North Vietnamese base areas in the A Shau Valley. It became a turning point for American involvement in the war as President Nixon began announcing the first troop withdrawals. 128 min.

Disc 3: Episode 6: Last man to die (1971-1975) -- Episode 7: In love and war (1964-1973). Last man to die (1971-1975): Features interviews with the medics, nurses and helicopter pilots who strived to save as many lives as possible while witnessing the daily carnage of the war. In love and war (1964-1973): Reveals the torture of American POWs as described by Rear Admiral James Stockdale who was captured by the North Vietnamese and held captive for nearly 8 years. 121 min.

Hoa Binh: Vietnamese for Peace.
Peace and healing is what these veterans of the Vietnam War sought when they returned to Vietnam to help build a health clinic for war amputees. As they worked side by side with former enemies they hoped to make peace within themselves for their individual decisions regarding the war, for what they saw and did then, and to help, in some small way, to make restitution for what both Vietnam and the United States suffered as a result of that war. As they prepare for their return the vets openly discuss their 20 years of painful memories, nightmares and guilt and the healing experience of civilian relief work in Vietnam. 44 min. Video/C 4347

Hot Damn!
Film contains unique footage of the Bay Area peace movement at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating rapidly. Segments include the Berkeley troop train demonstrations; peace marches from Berkeley to Oakland, ending in massive confrontation with local police; the Oakland Army Induction Center draft protest, draft card burnings, and the sit-ins of 1964-65. 17 min. DVD 4240; also VHS Video/C 2797

In the Year of the Pig (1968)
With palpable outrage, Emile de Antonio assembles period interviews with journalists, politicians, and key military personnel and international newsreel and archival footage to create a scathing chronicle of America's escalating involvement in the Vietnam War. Produced at the height of the war, the savage and horrific images speak for themselves in perhaps the most controversial film of de Antonio's career. Special DVD features: Selected audio commentaries with director Emile de Antonio ; Archival interview with Emile de Antonio by professor June Perry Levine ; theatrical trailers ; liner notes by de Antonio scholar Dan Streible. 105 min. DVD X21; also DVD 4431; also VHS Video/C 1052
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Inextinguishable Fire (Nicht loschbares Feuer)
A film by Harun Farocki. Made during the height of the Vietnam War, this film attempts to make "visible" the physical properties of Napalm B, developed by Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan for use in the Vietnam War. By questioning civilian responsibliity for the production of this horrific chemical weapon, Farocki offers a parody that questions our values. 1967. 25 min. DVD 9979

Interviews with My Lai Veterans
Interviewer: Richard Hammer. Shows interviews with five American soldiers who are My Lai veterans about the March 6, 1968 massacre of the Vietnamese village of My Lai by U.S. armed forces, what occurred there and how they feel about it. Directed by Joseph Strick. 1970. 22 min. DVD 5469

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Kent State: The Day the War Came Home
This program looks back on the reasons for the violent attack on anti-Vietnam-war student demonstrators on the Kent State University campus in 1970. Shows the build-up of the protest against the Vietnam War, especially by the youth of the country and the Black Panthers, and follows the stories of the four students who were killed by National Guardsmen. Includes interviews with former students who witnessed the events including a wounded student-activist, a now paralyzed student, a former National Guardsman and a sociology professor. 2001. 47 min. Video/C 7906

Kim's Story: The Road From Vietnam.
This is the story of Kim Phuc, who was photographed as a nine year old girl running naked down a road in Vietnam, screaming in agony from napalm burns. Now, in order to confront her past, Kim comes to America on a remarkable odyssey to Washington's Vietnam War Memorial wall, as part of Veterans Day ceremonies. There she makes it clear that her mission is one of forgiveness and a wider healing. Directed, produced and written by Shelley Saywell. 1996. 48 min. DVD X3434; Video/C 4955

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Know Your Enemy: The Viet Cong
An Army information film which uses captured newsreel footage produced by the Central Office of North Vietnam, the communist organization and command headquarters directing the war effort against the Republic of Vietnam. These rare films provide a comprehensive report on Viet Cong activity in South Vietnam. 20 min. Video/C 5115

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Kontum Diary.
Following a battle in Vietnam, American soldier Paul Reed found a diary of a North Vietnamese soldier he presumed was killed. When he learned years later that the Vietnamese soldier was still alive, he returned to Vietnam to meet him and return the diary. Film documents the emotional meeting of these two former enemies, who revisit their field of battle to reflect on the war and its impact on their lives. 57 min. Video/C 4113

The Last Ghost of War
Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War, children at the Tu Du Hospital in Saigon are among several millions diagnosed by the Vietnamese as victims of Agent Orange. In this documentary, we meet several who are plaintiffs in a class action suit against 32 U.S. chemical companies. Attorneys, activists, scientists, and a military historian take us to a new battlefield. These Vietnamese victims are seeking compensation and justice. The question is were these dioxin-laden herbicides chemical weapons? And if so, who should be held accountable in the wake of what was allegedly the largest chemical warfare operation in history? Director, Jane Gardner. c2007. DVD X1314

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Letter to the Next Generation.
Result of the producer's research on college students today at Kent State University which was the site of the killing of four students by the National Guard on May 4, 1970. Comparison is made with student attitudes and behavior during the 1960's and 1970's. Includes interviews with students, faculty and administrative personnel. 73 min. Video/C 1909

Bhule, P. "Letter to the Next Generation." Cineaste, 1992, V19 N1:65-66.
Canby, Vincent. "Letter to the Next Generation." (movie reviews) (Living Arts Pages) New York Times v139 (Thu, May 17, 1990):B4(N), C19(L), col 1
Germani, Clara. "Letter to the Next Generation." (movie reviews) Christian Science Monitor v82, n130 (Fri, June 1, 1990):14, col 1
Klawans, Stuart. "Letter to the Next Generation." (movie reviews) Nation v250, n24 (June 18, 1990):871.

Letters from Vietnam
This pioneering documentary follows a young veteran of sixty helicopter combat missions in Vietnam into battle, presenting the first synchronous sound helicopter combat footage ever shot. The film also delves into a more personal side of the pilot's life as he discovers through tape recorded letters to his wife and through a visit to a Vietnamese orphanage that he has a responsibility that goes beyond his military duties. Producer, Robert L. Drew. 1965. 52 min. Video/C 8989

Little Dieter Needs to Fly
A film by Werner Herzog with Dieter Dengler. Growing up in post-WWII Germany, all Dieter Dengler, the son of a Nazi slain during the war, dreamed about was becoming a pilot. At age 18 he emigrated to the United States and worked odd jobs until he was accepted into the Navy and began pilot training. He was sent to Vietnam around 1966 and on his first mission was shot down and taken prisoner. There, the Vietcong tortured him until Dengler engineered a hair-raising escape and eventually returned to the U.S. His story is recounted here via interviews with Dengler, archival footage and new footage seamlessly spliced together. 2000. 74 min. DVD 994


International Documentary Association - Best Documentary, Features
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Spire Award

Gerhardt, Christina. "The Allied Air Bombing Campaign of Germany in Herzog's Little Dieter Needs to Fly." In: Bombs away! : representing the air war over Europe and Japan / herausgegeben von Wilfried Wilms und William Rasch. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2006. Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.W3 B66 2006

The Long-haired Warriors
Vietnamese women have a long and legendary tradition of fierce warriorship -- a tradition exemplified in recent history by their wholehearted participation in the struggles against the French, the South Vietnamese Regular Army, and the American military. Ultimately, they shared in all those victories, but none came without painful losses and sorrows. This provocative documentary introduces a number of Vietnamese women who were active in the National Liberation Front, or Viet Cong, and shows how their wartime experiences shaped the rest of their lives. A highlight of the film is an emotional visit with four former prisoners to the infamous Con Dao prison camp where, from 1968 to 1975, they were among 600 women -- some as young as 15 years old -- kept in "tiger cages" and subjected to frequent torture and abuse by the American-supported South Vietnamese military forces. From disparate perspectives, these women universally express the conviction that their stories can provide a common thread of compassion to bind the wounds that divide people in the U.S. and Vietnam. They feel a bond with American wives and mothers who have also suffered profound losses. This engaging film examines the lives of some of America's former enemies and illuminates some surprising parallels and contrasts between their world and the world of the American filmmaker who seeks to discover their stories. It will stimulate discussion in a variety of courses in women's studies, Asian studies, and history. Produced by Mel Halbach. 1998. 60 min. Video/C MM549

MLK, A Call to Conscience
Delves into one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatest speeches, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, which Dr. King delivered on April 4, 1967. Today this speech is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful ever written by Dr. King. Tavis Smiley deconstructs the meaning of the speech, and puts it in a contemporary context, particularly in light of our nation's current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Directed by Allan Palmer. 2010. 60 min. DVD X3771

Making Sense of the Sixties.
Part 4, In a dark time. Focuses on 1968. It follows the escalating Vietnam War, the anti-war movement's explosive growth, and the riots and rebellions in almost all of America's cities. It ends with the tragic assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. 59 min. DVD 1808 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1953:4

The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam.
"As direct cinema evolved, so did its commitment to supporting social change. The Canadian Broadcasting Company did much to encourage and extend direct cinema's impact by creating television series devoted to direct cinema films engaging social issues. The most influential among these was the program "This Hour Has Seven Days." The Mills of the Gods, a shocking look at the early stages of the Vietnam War, was the show's most controversial and influential production. Beryl Fox, who had already established herself as a prolific filmmaker committed tosocial change in films such as Summer in Mississippi (1965) about American race relations, takes her camera to the Vietnam War to record the conflict and allows viewers to witness, first-hand, the sorrow, futility, and inhumanity at itscore. The film reveals the horrors of the war: the wide-scale destruction, thebrutal civilian casualties, and the torture of prisoners of war. These scenes are contrasted with quiet shots of everyday life in Vietnamese villages, and with candid interviews with enthusiastic American soldiers and pilots, who allseem to love their work. The films most shocking sequences come from filming with an American pilot on a bombing raid. The pilot is overjoyed at his successful napalm drop. Fox then takes her camera down to the village that was bombed, and shows us the horrific carnage the joyful pilot had caused. The Millsof the Gods caused both an immediate sensation and outrage when it was broadcast. The BBC aired the program, and the film circulated widely in the US, mainly on college campuses. The CBC had to run disclaimers before the film thatit did not present the viewpoint of the broadcaster. The US was so outraged that it basically blacklisted the CBC from any important news event in Washington, DC. The film caused diplomatic tensions to rise between Canada and the US, and led the Canadian government to pressure the CBC, which cancelled "This Hour Has Seven Days" in 1966. The Mills of the Gods is a perfect example of direct cinema's ability to go deeply into divisive issues and of the reaction of the establishment to its unconventional style of reporting events. Fox made two more acclaimed films about Vietnam (Saigon, 1967; Last Reflections on a War, 1968).The Mills of the Gods stands as one of the most important films on that tragic conflict." [from One World Film Festival web site] 56 min. DVD 3056

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The Most Dangerous Man in America
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Tells a riveting story of how one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, the president and Supreme Court--a political thriller whose events led directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Based in part on: Secrets : a memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers / by Daniel Ellsberg (2002) (Main (Gardner) Stacks & Moffitt DS558 .E44 2002). Produced and directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. Dist.: New Day Films. 2009. 94 min. DVD X2484

My Lai
The words 'My Lai' are seared into our memories of the Vietnam War, but few know what really happened in the small Vietnamese village on March 16, 1968. Now, drawing on 400 hours of recently discovered audio recordings and new interviews with participants, eye witnesses, and investigators, the complete story can finally be told about one of the most shocking atrocities in modern times, and about lesser-known acts of remarkable courage. Originally broadcast as an episode of "American Experience" on PBS. Directed by Barak Goodman. c2010. 90 min. DVD X3889

No Game (Pentagon, 1967)
Newsreel footage of an October 10, 1967 demonstration for peace against the war in Vietnam. Includes interviews with protesters who refused Selective Service. 17 min. Video/C 5858

No Greater Cause.
Film chronicles the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the Bay Area. Footage shows the massive confrontations in Oakland between police and anti-draft protestors in 1967; the rally of 100,000 against the war at Kezar Stadium in April, 1967 including the keynote address by Vietnam veteran, David Duncan. A film by Harvey Richards. 20 min DVD 4241; also VHS Video/C 2801

No Man's Land: The Fall. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 6.)
During the Vietnam war the image of desperate people clinging to an evacuation helicopter atop the U.S. embassy, only hours before North Vietnamese troops arrived is seared into the American consciousness. This program uses the story of South Vietnam's last days as a prism through which the dark side of American foreign involvement can be seen. How did the White House and the Pentagon so completely misjudge America's ability to thwart a people's revolution in Southeast Asia? 42 min. Video/C 6347

No More Mountains: The Story of the Hmong.
A documentary concerning cultural and social adjustment of the Hmong people who after the end of Vietnam War emigrated from their homes in the mountains of Laos to settle in California and other parts of the world. 60 min. Video/C 271

No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger.
Documentary footage of Harlem's 1967 protest march against America's involvement in the Vietnamese Conflict. Includes interviews with three Black Vietnam veterans who discuss the relationship between racism and war and their experiences with racism in the United States. 1968. 68 min. Video/C 4971

Pentagon Peace March, October 1967.
An impressionistic study of the major anti-war demonstration held in Washington, D.C. in 1967. Filmmaker utilized optical printing method to modify the movements and colors of the original images. The sound of helicopters which patrolled the event are heard on the soundtrack. 10 min. Video/C 3259

People's War.
Documentary filmed in North Vietnam during 1969 presenting the Vietnam Conflict from the viewpoint of the North Vietnamese. Includes interviews with North Vietnamese civilians and soldiers. ("This film was shot ... in the Democratic Republic of Viet-Nam, July-August 1969, with the cooperation of the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries."--Closing credits). 39 min. Video/C 5859

Prelude to Vietnam
Details the rise and fall of French imperial ambitions in the 18th and 19th centuries in Indochina and the political outcome of the battle of Dien Bien Phu. 1984. 56 min. DVD 4314

The Quiet Mutiny
In this, the first of his documentary films, John Pilger combines candid interviews and amazing frontline footage of Vietnam to portray a growing rift between the US military bureaucrats -- "lifers" -- and the soldiers who physically and mentally fight the war on the ground, the "grunts." By 1970, it is an internal sense of disillusionment and frustration born from this rift that is triggering the withdrawal of US forces from Vietnam. Pilger finds himself unable to glean significant information from the military and so it is with the grunts, that he finds a very human side to the US presence in Vietnam -- soldiers who are at once ready to serve their country and doubtful of their purpose there. They experience the war in a way many of their superiors do not. Filmed at Camp Snuffy in 1970, this film presents a character study of the common soldier during the Vietnam War, revealing for the first time the shifting morale and open rebellion of Western troops. Produced by Jeremy Wallington; reported by John Pilger ; directed by Charles Denton. Originally released in 1970 by Granada International Productions Limited. 26 min. DVD 8402

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Radio First Termer: Vietnam's Only psychedelic FM Sterio Multiplex Radio Station[Sound recording]
Complete 1972 broadcast of the historic, unparalleled pirate radio show hosted by Dave Rabbit, and directed towards fulfilling the anti-establishment needs of the "first termers and non-reenlistees in Vietnam." The unauthorized broadcasts flouted every Air Force and civil broadcast regulation and its acid-rock music (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream & more), its ideology and language are still more than an earful today. 190 min. Sound/D 204

Regret to Inform
Filmmaker, Barbara Sonneborn, makes a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the personal legacy of war. 1998. 72 min. DVD 5428; vhs Video/C 6746

Regret to Inform
Filmmaker, Barbara Sonneborn, makes a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the personal legacy of war. 1998. 72 min. DVD 5428; vhs Video/C 6746

Remembering My Lai
Through interviews with the villagers and former soldiers the 1968 massacre at My Lai is discussed. Directed by Kevin Sim. c1989. 58 min. DVD X1411 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1760

Riding the Tiger
Voices: Bettina Aptheker, David Dang, Nolan Grayson, William Hodge Jr., Frank McCulloch, Henry Morillo, Thai Nguyen-Khoa, Pham Thanh, Pham Van Tich, Ruth Rosen, Jesse Salcedo, Christopher Upham, Vo Ly, James Whitman. A haunting and lyrical evocation of the hubris, despair and devastation of the American war in Vietnam. Archival film -- both gorgeous and chilling -- and footage of a B-52 graveyard are combined with the voices of GIs, Vietnamese villagers, and journalists, which add human counterpoint to the remarkable images onscreen. Not a treatise, not a polemic, but an artful reminiscence that makes eloquent sense of a dark and troubling time. Produced and directed by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson. Cinematography, Jon Else. 1999. 34 min. DVD 9574

Documents the suffering, loss, and rebirth of the Cambodian people in the aftermath of the take over of Cambodia by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge revolutionary forces and the subsequent invasion of Cambodia by Viet Nam. 28 min. Video/C 1847

The Secret Agent.
Looks at dioxin, the deadly contaminant of the defoliant code-named Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. Uses rare archival footage, war footage, and interviews with Vietnam veterans and officials of the Veteran's Administration and Dow Chemical Company to document the history of chemical warfare and agricultural herbicides. 57 min. Video/C 727

The Sensational 70's.
Newsreel and TV footage of various events and personalities of the 1970's. 60 min. Video/C 6766-6774

Sex in the Vietnam War
Focuses on the sexual behavior of soldiers during the Vietnam War and its consequences. Originally broadcast in 2002 as a segment of the television progroam "XY factor" on the History Channel. 50 min. DVD X748

Silent Sentinels, Coward's War
In a post-Khmer Rouge society, Cambodia still continues to fight with the ghosts of war. The dominance of landmines throughout rural villages remains a lingering danger and daily threat to the lives of innocent civilians. This issue has spread to become a widespread crisis, as over one thousand people across the globe are killed each month due to landmines.Features interviews with the civilians who have experienced death and amputation firsthand and with the contemporary Khmer Rouge soldiers aiming to "liberate" Cambodia, as they continue to employ mines in new locations and discuss their combat tactics. Director, David A. Feingold. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. c1995. 54 min. DVD X4092

Sir! No Sir!
Recalls the unprecedented movement by American GI's against the Vietnam War, staged through demonstrations, underground newspapers, combat refusals and more, rocking the foundations of the American military. Includes archival material and interviews with key participants. Directed & written by David Zeiger. 2005. 84 min. DVD 6183

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Ramsey, Joseph G. "From "Why We Fight" to Fighting Their "We": Zeiger's Sir No Sir Meets Jarecki's Why We Fight." Socialism & Democracy, Jul2007, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p145-156, 12p UC users only

Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam
Recounts the experiences of five Chicano soldiers, whose first journey outside the cotton fields of their hometown of Corcoran, California was to the war-ripped rice paddies of Vietnam. They all grew up working in the fields alongside their parents and siblings, and shared values not much different from their forebears. But their insulated lives were changed as they learned "They took our farm workers to go fight their farm workers." A film by Sonya Rhee and Charley Trujillo. Based on the book by Charley Trujillo. c2003. 28 min. DVD 2025

Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal.
Examines John Kerry's testimony before a U.S. Senate committee concerning the Vietnam War. Former Vietnam War prisoners of war present rebuttals to his testimony. Written and directed by Carlton Sherwood. 2004. 42 min. DVD 4146

Surname Viet, Given Name Nam.
A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha. Trinh T. Minh-ha's film looks at the many faces of culture, "the multiplicity of identity," in this case of Vietnamese women as seen in staged interviews, dance-footage, and manipulated archival images. Also involved is a questioning of the strategies inherent to the politics of interview and the problems of translation in filmmaking. DVD 8991; vhs Video/C 2322

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Thanh's War.
The long-term effects of the Vietnam War are examined through the eyes of Thanh, injured and orphaned by a grenade as a 12-year-old in 1968, brought to the United States for treatment, and raised by an American foster family. After several visits to Vietnam as an adult, he marries a young woman from his village. This extraordinary documentary illuminates Thanh's courageous story as he grapples with the emotional legacy of the war and tries to make his way in two vastly different cultures. 58 min. Video/C 5079

The Trials of Henry Kissinger
Did Henry Kissinger sabatoge the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own personal gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia or quietly approve of Indonesia's genocidal assault on East Timor in 1975? Did he authorize covert operations to overthrow a Chilean President? This explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in United States history. 2003. 80 min. DVD 1849

Two Days in October: A Moment That Divided a Nation, a War that Continues to Haunt Us
Examines the critical events that took place in the fall of 1967, from the ambush of an American battalion by the Viet Cong that led to skepticism of whether the Vietnamese conflict was winnable, to the first violent anti-war demonstration on a campus in Wisconsin. Producer/director, Robert Kenner. Based on the book "They marched into sunlight" by David Maraniss. 2005. 90 min. DVD 4654

Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent
Explores the events that led up to the Vietnam Veterans Protest of May 28-31, 1971. Also includes original footage of the protest including a reverse Paul Revere March from the Concord Bridge and the arrests of 410 demonstrators on Lexington Green. A film by Bestor Cram and Mike Majoros. 2000. 59 min. DVD X3247

Vietnam, a Retrospective.
A collection of films on the Vietnam War from the National Archives, selected for their historical significance; uncut and uncensored.

Vol. 1: Contents: Hidden war in Vietnam: Still dealing with the aftermath of McCarthyism, anti-communist sentiments in the U.S. ran deep. As North Vietnam moved to spread its communist regime to South Vietnam, The U.S. felt compelled to act. This documentary details how the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force attempted to contain the spread of communism. Hidden war in Vietnam / narrator, James Arness (1963) -- Operation Montagnard / U.S. Dept of the Army (1964, 29 min.) -- Why Vietnam? / the Directorate for Armed Forces Information and Education, United States Department of Defense (1965, 33 min.) -- Night of the dragon / narrator, Charlton Heston (1966). Operation Montagnard: Demonstrates methods used by U.S. Army to help win over the Montagnard tribes to the cause of South Vietnam. Trained by U.S. Army Special Forces, these staunch fighters are still remembered for their bravery, determination and will to survive. Why Vietnam? Presents the official U.S. government rationale used in 1965 to justify our involvement in Vietnam citing the "domino theory" and the idea that "aggression unchallenged is aggression unleashed." Opening with a speech by President Johnson intending to enlist support for the war, the film shifts to a series of images equating the threat of Communism with that of the Third Reich. Night of the dragon: Historically, Vietnam has grappled with internal and external forces in an effort to establish itself. Having gained freedom from China and France only to become a country divided caused chaos. This film offers a look at the history and culture of Vietnam, and explores how a nation divided under Ho Chi Minh because a unified single-party state following plundering and murder. DVD 9490

Vol. 2: Contents: A nation builds under fire / introduction, Hubert Humphrey ; narrator, John Wayne (1966) -- To save a soldier / narrator, Henry Fonda (1966) -- Report on Marine activities (1966) -- Another day of war (1967). A nation builds under fire: When the 17th parallel divided the country, South Vietnam scrambled to maintain order and establish a nation in the midst of war. Narrated by John Wayne, this film captures the social revolution of South Vietnam from grass roots to national government. Follow along as Wayne interviews a marine, soldier, sailor and airman, each reflecting on his tour in Vietnam. To save a soldier: Some of the bravest men and women of the Vietnam War weren't on the ground; they hovered in the air. Henry Fonda narrates this documentary revealing the enormous effort and sometimes sacrifice involved in saving a wounded soldier. Featuring actual rescue footage this film honors the medical evacuation teams and flight nurses that saved thousands of lives. Report on Marine activities: Although the smallest of the U.S. Armed Forces, the power of the U.S. Marine Corps is immense. This film contains footage of marines in action, featuring recovery efforts and combat footage. Watch as marines battle man and nature, braving the harsh winds of Hurricane Inez and dodging the bullets of the Vietnam War in Operation Hastings and Operation Prairie, key missions in the fight against communism. Another day of war: Playing a crucial role in the Vietnam War, the U.S. Air Force was heavily deployed, providing much needed support for those on the ground. Follow these brave airmen through a typical day in Southeast Asia. This film highlights the ordinary and the extraordinary, including air and ground warfare, air rescue, flight line maintenance, food service activities and civic action programs. DVD 9491

Vol. 3: Contents: A day in Vietnam / produced by the U.S Marine Corps ; U.S. Naval Photographic Center (1967, 28 min.) -- The pilot was rescued by a helicopter (1967) -- There is a way / U.S. Dept of the Air Force(1967, 27 min.) -- Screaming Eagles in Vietnam / U.S. Dept. of the Army (1967, 29 min.). A day in Vietnam: A documentary following U.S. Navy and Marine Corps action in Vietnam from the first landing at Da Nang in 1965 to the extensive combat operations and aircraft strikes of 1967 and beyond. The Pilot was rescued: A plane has gone down in enemy territory and the pilot needs help. Watch the heroic efforts of helicopter crews, sky-raider pilots, and the airborne command post as they work together during a suspenceful pilot rescue mission. There is a way: Portrays the life of F-105 pilots who daily fight the air war in Southeast Asia. Pictures their hazardous missions while pilots and crews describe in their own words the task at hand and the reason they fight. Screaming Eagles in Vietnam: From the summer of 1965 to January 1967, the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles, dominated the skies of Vietnam. This film highlights their intense combat missions in Operations Van Buren, Harrison, Hawthorne, John Paul Jones and Pickett. DVD 9492

Vol. 4: Contents: River patrol / U.S. Navy Dept. (1967, 28 min.) -- Vietnam crucible / U.S. Dept. of the Army (1968, 29 min.) -- USAF combat photography--Southeast Asia / U.S. Dept of the Airforce (1968, 27 min.) -- Where the girls are / U.S. Aerospace Audio-Visual Service, Military Airlift Command (1969, 23 min.) River patrol: Presents one aspect of the operations of the U.S. Navy in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. Follows the Navy Mobile Riverine Force down the Co-Chien River during a lengthy battle with the Viet Cong, with support from UH-1B helicopters. Vietnam crucible: Using footage compiled by the U.S. Army from 1967-1968, this film presents an overview of Army training, operations and actions in Vietnam. Features "people sniffers," transmitters attached to free roaming dogs, Riverine warfare, intense Green Beret training and more. USAF combat photography--Southeast Asia: Highlights the advance of photography since the Civil War. Shows how it serves as a link between policy makers, major command heads, and men in the field. Watch as the Air Force 600th Photo Squadron members in Vietnam jump into combat zones and ride along on chopper missions and bombing runs risking their lives to capture memorable images on film. Where the girls are: Military training film for U.S. servicemen enroute to Vietnam which warns of the realities and dangers of venereal disease. The dramatized story follows a U.S. sergeant who contracts the disease from a prostitute and then must face the embarrassment of confessing to his wife when he returns to the U.S. Most bar and brothel scenes are reenactments, but the film includes some actual footage of street scenes of with American servicemen and Vietnamese prostitutes. DVD 9493

Vol. 5: Contents: The Battle of Khe Sanh (1969) -- The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment / Dept. of the Army (1969) -- The 4th Infantry Division / Dept. of the Army (1969) -- The faces of rescue (1971). Battle of Keh Sanh: Recounts the victory of American and allied forces in the most important single battle of the Vietnamese Conflict. For seventy days and nights in Jan.-Feb. 1968, a determined group of 6,000 U.S. Marines held out against a beseiging force of 20,000 North Vietnamese. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment: Deep in the dense jungles of Vietnam, the Blackhorse Regiment proved that armored vehicles could be a formidable foe. This film details the activities of the Blackhorse squadron as they moved their massive vehicles from the road into the trees, an act many thought impossible. The 4th Infantry Division: Tells the story of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, the Army's most technologically advanced combat division, from the time of its arrival in Vietnam in 1966 to the critical battle of Dak in the winter of 1968. Faces of rescue: The Air Rescue Service, an integral part of the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam, saved over 4,000 lives. Featuring live footage and radio conversations, watch and listen as one pilot recounts his experiences and reactions to being rescued by helicopter. DVD 9494

Vol. 5: Contents: The 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam (1971) -- The drill sergeant / U.S. Dept of the Army. (1971) -- Vietnam, Vietnam (1971) -- History of the Air Force --Vietnam and after / U.S. Dept of the Air Force (1977). The 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam: This film chronicles the actions of the "Big Red one," the oldest continuously serving division of the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War. As participants in ambushes, the Tet Offensive, Operations such as Bushmaster I & II, and Dong Tien, a program to assist the South Vietnamese population, these infantry men showed determination and bravery. The drill sergeant: Having a reputation of being tough and unforgiving, the drill sergeant is responsible for the welfare, behavior and military education of recruits. This film is the story of one U.S. Army drill sergeant as he instructs, shapes and molds new recruits and draftees into soldiers, preparing them to serve in Vietnam. Vietnam, Vietnam: Narrated by Charlton Heston, this controversial documentary reviews the cultural and religious history of Vietnam, its invasion by the Viet Cong, the development of the war, and aid given by the United States and other countries. Touching on civilian massacres, mistreatment of POWs and intense combat scenes, it's not surprising that it was withdrawn from circulation shortly after its release. History of the Air Force --Vietnam and after: As the Vietnam War comes to an end, troops are evacuated and American POWs return from Hanoi. This film depicts the culmination of an intense and controversial war; the troops are homebound and the U.S. Air Force takes on the familiar role of disaster relief to the devastated Vietnam. DVD 9495

Vietnam: A Television History.
13 parts

Description of this series from the Encyclopedia of Television

Episode 1: The Roots of War. Examines the period of French colonial domination of Vietnam and the rise of Ho Chi Minh toward the end of World War II. Ho Chi Minh declared independence in Hanoi, but the British helped the French regain control of Saigon, effectively dividing the country. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1911

Episode 2: The First Vietnam War, 1946-1954. Tells how the Viet Munh, led by Ho Chi Minh, tried to oust the French from the rest of the peninsula. The French influence ended with their defeat at Dien Bien Phu and the subsequent 1954 Geneva conference which resulted in a cease-fire and the temporary division of the country. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1911

Episode 3: America's Mandarin, 1954-1963. Division of Vietnam brought Catholics and pro-French northerners to the south. With help from the U.S. in the form of monetary aid and military advisors, Ngo Dinh Diem established a government. This episode follows the course of Diem's presidency through the 1963 coup. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1912

Episode 4:LBJ Goes to War, 1964-1965. Tells how, following the assissination of President Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson inherited a series of coups in Saigon and how the FLN guerillas controlled the countryside as the South Vietnamese army disintegrated. Also looks at the Tonkin Gulf incident and how Johnson secretly approved open-ended deployment of American troops. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1912

Episode 5: America Takes Charge, 1965-1967. Describes how the Viet Minh and the FLN responded to the 1.5 million Americans dispatched to Vietnam by the Johnson Administration. Shows an American soldier's view of the war with a mostly enemy. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1913

Episode 6: With America's Enemy, 1954-1967. Presents a view of the war in Vietnam as experienced by the followers of Ho Chi Minh and as described by American soldiers and P.O.W.'s. Looks at the effects of Hanoi's growing socialization of the North and the results of U.S. bombing and guerilla and conventional warfare. Video/C 1913

Episode 7: Tet, 1968. On the Tet holiday U.S. forces were attacked in areas thought to be secure, including Saigon. The defeats caused doubts in Washington that eventually resulted in Johnson's decision to call a bombing halt. Shows the effects of this turning point in the war, including the beginning of peace talks. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1914

Episode 8: Vietnamizing the War, 1969-1973. Tells how the United States began disinvolving itself from the Vietnamese War by training the South Vietnamese and how U.S. withdrawal resulted in hardships and casualties for the Vietnames people. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1914

Episode 9: No Neutral Ground. Tells how the U.S. extension of the Vietnam War into Cambodia and Laos to stop attacks and supplies from across those borders hurt those countries more than it hurt the object of the attack. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1915

Episode 10:Cambodia and Laos. Looks at how Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger worked to end the war in Vietnam from 1968 to 1973, increasing Vietnamization and troop withdrawal. Traces the course of the Paris peace talks from their inception to the final cease-fire agreement. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1915

Episode 11: Home front U.S.A. Focuses on the polarization of American opinion about U.S. involvement in Vietnam, explores the reporting of events at home, and the expression of public policy. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1916

Episode 12: End of the Tunnel, 1973-1975. Tells how, with the North Vietnamese spring offensive of 1975, the South Vietnamese army collapsed and the American soldiers returned home to ignominy, rather than admiration. DVD 2796; also DVD X3372; VHS Video/C 1916

Episode 13: Legacies. This last episode looks at the legacies of the war: veterans issues such as delayed stress syndrome and the effects of Agent Orange; the ecological impact of the conflict on Vietnam; the difficulty of the Vietnamese in relating to their victors; the exodus of large numbers of Vietnamese and their resettlement in the United States; and the diminished status of the American military establishment. DVD 2796; also VHS Video/C 1917

Vietnam Online (via PBS). Includes program transcripts, reference resources, video clips.

Vietnam: An Historical Document
Narrated by Walter Cronkite, uses television news reports to trace the history of American involvement in Vietnam from the early 1950's through the Vietnam War to the tragic events of the final U.S. withdrawal in the fall of Saigon. Originally produced in 1975. 56 min. DVD 6970 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9682

A Vietnam Deception: The Uncounted Enemy
Reveals how captured enemy documents indicated that U.S. military intelligence grossly underestimated the size of the Vietcong's forces. This data was suppressed, leaving the American public, the press, the Congress and perhaps President Johnson with the impression that the enemy had decreased in numbers just before their 1968 Tet offensive. Originally broadcast 1982 on the television program CBS reports. 75 min. DVD 4521; also VHS Video/C 9681

Benjamin, Burton. The CBS Benjamin report : CBS reports : "The uncounted enemy, a Vietnam deception" : an examinationWashington, D.C. : Media Institute, c1984. ( MAIN: DS559.8.M44 B46 1984)
Benjamin, Burton. Fair play : CBS, General Westmoreland, and how a television documentary went wrong New York : Harper & Row, c1988. (MAIN: PN4784.T4 B451 1988)
Kowet, Don. A matter of honor New York : Macmillan; London : Collier Macmillan, c1984. (MAIN: DS559.8.M44 K681 1984; JOUR: DS559.8.M44 K68 1984)
Levine, Grace Ferrari. "Television Journalism on Trial: Westmoreland v. CBS." Journal of Mass Media Ethics 1990, Vol. 5, No. 2, Pages 102-116UC users only
Mascaro, T. A. "Flaws in the Benjamin report: The internal investigation into CBS Reports documentary The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception ." Journalism History, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 58-74, 2005UC users only

Vietnam, la première guerre
Follows the struggles of the Vietnamese people during the first Indochina War from the 1945 to 1954. A film by Danièle Rousselier. In French without English subtitles. 2005. 104 min. DVD X4907

Vietnam, Long Time Coming
In 1998, World T.E.A.M. (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports organized a 16-day, 1,100 mile bicycle expedition through Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. The non-profit organization, which focuses on events for the disabled, drew an array of veterans from the U.S. and Vietnam, as well as celebrity riders like Greg LeMond and Senator John Kerry. Past enemies ride as one team in peace across a landscape where they once killed to stay alive. The real finish line is the painful emotional confrontation each rider must make alone along the way. Produced and directed by Jerry Blumenthal, Peter Gilbert and Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films. Filmed on location in Vietnam, January 1998. 120 min. DVD 8925

Vietnam Movies, The Way It Really Was.
Examines how Hollywood once viewed the Vietnam War and how filmmakers see it today. Looks at the new wave of movies that try to tell the story the way it really was by examining such films as "Platoon" and "Hanoi Hilton." Includes interviews with filmmakers, vietnam veterans and war correspondents. A segment from the television program: Nightline, December 19, 1986. 24 min. Video/C 5771

Vietnam Newsreel Review, 1967.
Highlights of U.S. Air Force military action in 1967 in Vietnam, produced and photographed by combat cameramen of the 600th Photo Squadron, including excellent action footage. Includes interviews with American pilots, bombadiers and navigators. 41 min. Video/C 4141

Vietnam Protests
A discussion between Dr. Benjamin Spock and William F. Buckley on the Vietnam War and broader issues of war and its impact on humanity. Originally taped as an episode of the television program Firing Line on June 26, 1967. 50 min. DVD X2726

Vietnam: The Last Battle.
The Australian journalist John Pilger takes a critical view of the reporting of the Vietnam War by the media and the role of Hollywood motion pictures in shaping the public perception of the American involvement in the conflict. He interviews the motion picture producer, David Puttnam (The Killing Fields), survivors of the My Lai Massacre, and "boat people" who have returned to Vietnam. He then moves on to investigate the "new invasion" of Vietnam by multinational companies attracted by the "cheapest labor" in Asia. 52 min. Video/C 4082

Vietnam, The Memory
This documentary draws attention to the social fate of the Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese ex-soldier Bao Ninh tells the story of the abandonment of an innocent youth by the violence of war, and the destruction of social life for post-war veterans. In this film veterans speak who suffer from the effects of the herbicide Agent Orange which was sprayed by Americans in Vietnam. Shows children crippled from its effects. The ex-soldiers talk about the consequences of the war upon their personal existence and, about the way they commemorate their fallen comrades. Also looks at the attitudes of young adults in Hanoi concerning the war. A Remy Vlek film. 2003. 44 min. DVD X5513

Vietnam, The Ten Thousand Day War.
Contents: v. 1. America in Vietnam --v. 2. Dien Bien Phu -- v. 3. Days of decision -- v. 4. Uneasy allies -- v. 5. The trail -- v. 6. Firepower. 1980. 294 min. DVD 233 (2 discs); Video/C 1148 (6 videos)

Vietnam: The War at Home.
Documents the anti-war movement in America as a genuine people's revolt and shows how American foreign policy and American values at home were challenged and changed by the conflict. Includes television news footage of students and others protesting, Presidents Johnson and Nixon, Senators Eugene McCarthy and Edward Kennedy, Army and Air Force bombings in Vietnam. 88 min Video/C 2965

Vietnam War Films

Volume 1 Universal Newsreel, 1/16/47, Indo-China Rebellion (1 min.) -- A day in America (1968, 29 min.) -- Brink of disaster / presented by the National Education Program ; a Jerry Fairbanks production (1972, 29 min.) -- Columbia Revolt (1969, 49 min.) -- The News Magazine of the Screen vol.2 issue 9 (Excerpt) (1952, 1 min.) -- The News Magazine of the Screen vol.5 issue 10 (Excerpt) (1955, 3 min.) -- Red chinese battle plan (1964, 25 min.) -- Universal Newsreel, 6/6/67, Vietnam (1 min.) -- Tragedy or hope / presented by the National Education Program ; a Jerry Fairbanks production (1972, 24 min.) Day in America: Consists of what amounts to a Pledge of Allegiance to the Department of Defense (you actually do see students Pledging Allegiance while the Defense Department Seal flashes on-screen). What you're pledged to defend is essentially everything that can be claimed American, multicultural style. Sprinkled liberally throughout are unique glimpses of just about every aspect of life in the U.S. as it existed at the time of filming (1968) with carefully spaced glimpses of men in arms. Tragedy or hope?: Revised version of the film "Brink of disaster" reissued in the same year and included on this DVD. Brink of disaster: A fantasy story about a student and Vietnam veteran who defends a university library against a night attack by radicals bent on destroying its collections. Initially in league with the "radicals" he decides to reject their cause after his patriotic ancestors return to haunt him and a history professor explains he has become an unwitting dupe of a communist conspiracy to undermine American society. Columbia revolt: This documentary of the student protests and riots at Columbia University in 1968, presents the events as they happened from the perspective of the students, from the early stages of what began as a demonstration but quickly became an occupation by students of campus facilites, setting off a chain of events ultimately resulted in a two month long, violent siege. Red Chinese battle plan: Newsreel report on French military operations against Vietnamese guerillas. DVD 4460

Volume 2 Universal Newsreel March 3rd, 1967, Airbase shield: Soviet rockets used in attack (1 min.) -- Universal Newsreel October 24th, 1967, Anti-war demonstrators storm Pentagon (2 min.) -- Universal Newsreel June 6th, 1967, Vietnam (1 min.) -- Universal Newsreel, May 13th 1965: Johnson on Vietnam (3 min.) -- Know your enemy, the Vietcong (18 min.) -- Universal Newsreel April 26th, 1965, McNamara on Vietnam (2 min.) -- Universal Newsreel April 18th, 1967, Peace march (3 min.) -- Progress to peace (28 min.) -- Universal Newsreel May 5th, 1967, Protests galore! (3 min.) -- The battle of Khe Sanh (29 min.) Know your enemy: The Vietcong: Invaluable insight into the propagandization of the soldiers of both sides of the Vietnamese conflict is provided by this U.S. Army film which was shown to American soldiers to expose them to the tactical methods of South Vietnamese insurgent forces, which relys heavily upon captured VC propaganda films intended to be shown to their own forces. Progress to peace: Actor Raymond Burr narrates this revealing U.S. Army propaganda piece detailing the much vaunted "hearts and minds" offensive of winning the support of the Vietnamese people for America's goals and objectives in-country. Battle of Khe Sanh: This Department of Defense film analyzes the varied aspects of this pivotal battle in the history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war, wherein American forces placed atop the mountain fortress of Khe Sanh in a position to intercept North Vietnamese infiltrations route were beseiged by NVA forces as a ruse to divert attention and resources from a simultaneous general uprising in cities throughout South Vietnam during the Tet New Year's holiday. DVD 8543

Volume 3 Universal Newsreel February 8th, 1965, Showdown in Vietnam (6 min.) -- Universal Newsreel May 25th, 1967, New Vietnam weapon: cutters to patrol lonely coast (1 min.) -- The Airmobile Division (28 min.) -- Twenty-five hour day (27 min.) -- Universal Newsreel February 28th, 1967, Viet sweep: troops take Cong stronghold (1 min.) -- Universal Newsreel December 9th, 1965, Vietnam action: Enterprise planes support troops (2 min.) -- Universal Newsreel April 29th, 1965, Marines in action: Dominican rescue Vietnam offensive (2 min.) -- Universal Newsreel April 4th, 1967, Vietnam: Big enemy force repulsed by GIs (2 min.) Airmobile Division: A U.S. Army film documenting the history, activities and doctrine of the First Cavalry Division, which unit occupies a special place in military history for its development of the tactical employment of the helicopter on the battlefield. Twenty-five hour day: Fairchild Aviation's opportunity to tout it's F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber, which was an essential component of U.S. Air Force air to ground operations throughout the Vietnam Conflict, as well as to acknowledge the contributions made by ground crews and rescue operations. DVD 8544

The Vietnam War (History Channel: The Sixties)
Disc 3: Vietnam: on the front lines (Pt. 1-4): America enters the war ; Tet in Saigon and Hue war ; Ringing down the curtain ; The end game -- Disc 4: LBJ and Vietnam: in the eye of the storm ; Command decisions: Tet offensive ; Unsung heroes: the battle of Khe Sanh. Summary At a total cost of more than 3.1 million lives, the Vietnam conflict is, to date, America's longest and most controversial war. It also marked the first time TV journalists ventured out to the frontlines to bring the spectacle of combat into American living rooms. Across the nation, Americans watched, captivated by the surprise Tet Offensive, the slow-motion tragedy of the Battle of Khe Sanh, and the courage and skill of the American soldiers. Profiles the decision makers and chronicles the key events in the Vietnam War, from the advisor's arrival in 1959 to the airlift from the roof of the American Embassy in 1975. Programs originally broadcast on The History Channel. DVD X743

Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite.
Three part film history of the Vietnam War, as chronicled by Walter Cronkite and other CBS News correspondents. Walter Cronkite, host ; with on-the-scene reports by correspondents Ed Bradley, Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, Dan Rather, Morley Safer, Bob Simon and more. 270 min.

Vol 1: Seeds of conflict looks at America's growing entanglement in Vietnam. America takes charge presents the arrival of the first American ground forces in Vietnam, followed by a massive buildup of U.S. forces as the war becomes Americanized. [Includes clips from infamous burning of the village of Cam Ne, covered by reporter Morley Safer] Courage under fire features remarkable combat footage from the first American offensive through the incursion into Cambodia. The World of Charlie Company joins the men of Charlie Company on a mission in Cambodia in 1970. DVD 2400

Cam Ne web site (Vanderbilt University)
Interview with Morely Safer about Cam Ne

Vol 2: The Elusive enemy, filmed mostly by the Viet Cong, takes an inside look at the weapons and tactics of the enemy. The Tet Offensive: By 1968, American commanders felt optimistic but then came the enemies' searing Tet holiday offensive, a coordinated attack on more than 100 cities throughout South Vietnam. This program captures the ferocity of the struggle and the stunned reaction in America. Dateline Saigon presents a portrait of Saigon, and its fall to the North Vietnamese forces at the end of the war. Fire from the sky: Presents the story of the men and machines that dominated the air over Southeast Asia for ten years. Includes short clip from Walter Cronkite's "We are Mired in a Stalemate" Broadcast," February 27, 1968: Returning from Vietnam shortly after the Tet Offensive, Cronkite delivered a editorial at the end of the Nightly News expressing pessimism about the possibility of winning the war in Vietnam. Included Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite DVD 2401

Partial transcript of this broadcast

Vol 3: America pulls back looks at the war during the last days of U.S. involvement. It is a shocking story of poor morale, drug use and innocent victims of a brutal war. The end of the road: As America struggles for a way out, the so-called, "peace with honor," the final chapter of America's involvement in the Vietnam War unfolds. As Saigon falls, witness the last tragic act in a long and divisive war. Legacies: Journey with veterans and people that lived through the conflict to revisit the places and memories of a distant but unforgotten war. DVD 2402

Cronkite reflects on the fall of Saigon (via NPR)

Virtual JFK
Examines whether the U.S. would have escalted the war in Vietnam if Kennedy had not been assassinated. The film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--the outcomes they might have produced. Tracing Kennedy's presidency through rare and previously unseen archival footage offers accounts of the former president's political decisions. Extras: Theatrical trailer, Lyndon Johnson on resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam 1/31/66, Lyndon Johnson State of the Union address 1/10/67, Lyndon Johnson on the resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam 3/31/68. Director, Koji Masutani. 1009. 80 min. DVD X2160

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The Wall Within.
Dan Rather examines the plight of the forgotten soldiers, Vietnam War veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and how it has affected their lives and that of their families. Directed by Paul R. Fine, Holly K. Fine, 1988. 50 min. DVD X2762 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM586

Wandering Souls
Thirty years after the end of the war, three Vietnamese combat veterans undertake a search for the missing remains of fellow National Liberation Front soldiers. During their determined search the veterans meet with families of the deceased, consult with local government bureaucrats, and visit national cemeteries, including plots reserved for "unknown martyrs," in an attempt to find their comrades and bring their spirits "back home." A Film by Boris Lojkine 2006. 84 min. DVD X4470

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The War at Home.
An historical case study ... [in which] events taking place at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, are used as a microcosm of the national protest movement throughout the 1960's and early 70's. The War at Home touches on many issues: the moral climate of the time, individual responsibility, citizen/government interaction on foreign policy issues, options available in a free society." Includes a combination of archival footage and interviews with students, Vietnam veterans, and community leaders. Directed by Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown. 1979. 100 min. DVD 6888; vhs Video/C 354:1-2

Why Vietnam?
United States Department of Defense film. Explains United States policy on South Vietnam as stated in an address given in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Also includes commentary by the Secretary of State, Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. 31 min. Video/C 5113

Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia
The first complete report of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and the devastating affects of US bombing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Year Zero was 1975, the end of the secret US bombing campaign against the Viet Cong that saw 100,000 tons of bombs dropped over Cambodia, and the emergence of the Khmer Rouge party as a ruling force. That year saw the desertion of the capital of Phnom Penh and the displacement of some 2.5 million people, the majority of whom would soon go missing. Pilger explores the roots of the US bombing campaign that began in 1969, contrasting it sharply with powerful footage of sick and starving Cambodians and interviews with relief workers with UNICEF and the Red Cross as well as imprisoned members of Pol Pot's regime. Produced and directed by David Munro; reported by John Pilger; edited by Jonathan Morris. 52 min. DVD 8405

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Winter Soldier
Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into "gooks"--Non-human "targets" for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again. The Winter Soldier Investigation was held in Detroit, Michigan on January 31, February 1 and 2, 1971. Originally released in 1972. 95 min. DVD 4949

Hoberman, J. "Casualties of war." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 8 (August 2006) p. 100
Nelson, Rob. "MIA." Film Comment v. 41 no. 5 (September/October 2005) p. 67-8
Sharrett, C. "Winter Soldier." Cineaste v. 31 no. 4 (Fall 2006) p. 82-3UC users only

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I Know I'm Not Alone
Armed with a guitar and a video camera, musician Michael Franti journeyed through war and occupation in Iraq, Israel, and Palestine to talk with the everyday people about their lives and the overlooked human costs of war. Directed by Michael Franti. c2006. 86 min. DVD X6877


Janus Metz's Armadillo follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. The film presents a stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare. When it premiered in Denmark it provoked a national debate over government policy and the rules of engagement. A film by Janus Metz. 2011. 106 min. DVD X6326

Dateline Afghanistan: Reporting the Forgotten War
As the United States and its allies engage in a continuing battle to free Afghanistan of its ties to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, many journalists from around the world cover the ongoing conflict. Noted journalists from The New York Times, the BBC, Time, and The Washington Post as well as others reveal the daily personal and professional pressures they face. Learn how female reporters get the story despite the harsh restrictions placed on women in the country and how the U.S. military presence both aids and hinders journalists in their efforts to give fair and balanced coverage. Producer and director, Bill Gentile 2006. 54 min. DVD 8598

Hell and Back Again
From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate portrait of one man's personal struggle after suffering a life-threatening injury to return to his home in North Carolina, where he confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife. Bonus features: Audio commentary with director Danfung Dennis and editor Fiona Otway, Technical gear demo: how Hell and back again was filmed, Willie Nelson's "Hell and back" slide show, deleted scenes. Directed & filmed by Danfung Dennis. 2011. 88 min. DVD X7146

Human Terrain
Human Terrain' is two stories in one. The first exposes the U.S. effort to enlist the best and the brightest of American universities in a struggle for the hearts and minds of its enemies.... The other story is about a brilliant young scholar who leaves the university to join a Human Terrain team. After working as a humanitarian activist and winning a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford, Michael Bhatia returned to Brown University to conduct research on military cultural awareness. A year later, he left to become embed as a Human Terrain member with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. On May 7, 2008, en route to mediate an inter-tribal dispute, his Humvee hit a roadside bomb and Bhatia was killed along with two other soldiers. Asking what happens when war becomes academic and academics go to war, the two stories merge in tragedy. Directed by David Udris, James Der Derian and Michael Udris. 85-min. version and 57-min. version (also with bleeped option). c2010. DVD X5102

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Kansas to Kandahar
Explores the response of the U.S. military in the war on terror by chronicling the service of army reservists called for an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan. The stress of extended deployment is borne not only by the soldiers but also by their families. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads on June 11, 2007 60 min. DVD X1281

Restrepo: One Platoon, One Valley, One Year
This documentary chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The film focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. Bonus features: Deleted scenes; extended interviews; updates on the soldiers from Second Platoon, Battle Company; "Sleeping soldiers" photo gallery; public service announcements from IAVA, Operation. Directed by Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington. 93 min. DVD X5117

National Board of Review, USA - Best Directorial Debut
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Documentary


Algeria: Women at War.
A documentary on the situation of the woman in Algeria to-day. Some "Mudjahadines", the women fighters during the war of Independence from the French (1954-1962), recall their own experiences: their hopes and their disillusion after the war, when the Government refused to recognize their role and contribution to the National Liberation Movement. A new generation of women tries to find a path between modern democracy and the fundamentalism of the Islamic faith. c1992. 50 min. DVD X2405; vhs Video/C 4081

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Algeria's Bloody Years
Chronicles Algeria's struggle for democracy since independence from France, tracing the rise of fundamentalist groups in the 1980's and 90's in response to the country's authoritarian leadership. The film examines Algeria's descent into a morass of massacres among the Islamic guerillas, the military and civilians. Algeria's first democratic election since independence went to the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), but when they initiated Islamic reforms, protests erupted. With the FIS positioned to win the 1991 elections, the military circumvented the democratic process and cancelled the vote, which brought about a massive revolt with many sent to prison camps that became breeding grounds for terrorism. A film by Thierry Leclere, Malek Bensmail and Patrice Barrat with Samia Chala c2003. 59 min. DVD 8632; vhs Video/C 9720

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Algeria: Women at War.
A documentary on the situation of the woman in Algeria to-day. Some "Mudjahadines", the women fighters during the war of Independence from the French (1954-1962), recall their own experiences: their hopes and their disillusion after the war, when the Government refused to recognize their role and contribution to the National Liberation Movement. A new generation of women tries to find a path between modern democracy and the fundamentalism of the Islamic faith. 50 min. 1992. DVD X2405; vhs Video/C 4081

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Battle of Algiers (France,1965)
Directed by Gill Pontecorvo. Documentary-style re-enactment of events that took place during the 1954 to 1962 Franco-Algerian conflict. Depicts how the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) began a war, using terrorism, in Algiers to free the Algerian people from French colonialism. In response to the escalating violence in Algiers, the French government sent in paratroopers to crush the uprising with whatever force necessary. 121 min. DVD 2645; vhs 999:111
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Death Squadrons: The French School.
The story of the involvement of the French military in Operation Condor, established in 1975 by the autocratic governments of South America. This supranational criminal organization's mission was the extermination of political opponents both in their own countries and abroad. Presents a cautionary note about what happens when governments and the military are convinced that enemies are everywhere, and that any means necessary can be employed to fight them. 2003. 60 min. Video/C MM341

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Drowning by Bullets.
On the evening of October 17, 1961 about 30,000 Algerians, ostensibly French citizens, descended upon the boulevards of central Paris to protest an 8:30 curfew. The curfew was in response to repeated terrorist attacks by Algerian nationalists in Paris and other French cities. They were met by a police force determined to break up the demonstration. Demonstrators were beaten, shot, even drowned in the Seine. This film exposes the massacre, and the cover-up. 1982. 52 min. Video/C MM922

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Filmer la guerre d'Algérie
Follows French photojournalists into the battlezones as they film the 1954-1962 war in Algeria. réalisé par Cedric Condom In French without English subtitles. 110 min. DVD X4218

Independence: Egypt and Algeria
Explores the common features underlying most of the Middle Eastern countries' achievement of independence underscoring the significance of the Second World War to Middle Eastern struggles over Western colonialism. Then examines in more detail the struggles for independence in Egypt and Algeria -- the rise of Nasserism in Egypt and the full-scale Algerian revolution against the French. 1984. 25 min. Video/C 9965

Paroles de pieds-noirs
The story of the refugees from the Algerian war who returned to France, told mainly in their own words. Directed by Jean-Pierre Carlon. In French without English subtitles. 2009. 148 min. DVD X3641

Vent de sable: Le Sahara des essais nucléaires
On Frebruary 13, 1961 in the Algerian Sahara, fifty miles from the town of Reggane, France exploded its first atomic bomb during the war of independence. Former conscripts, soldiers, civilians and ordinary workers who have stayed at nuclear sites in the Sahara explain the human and environmental impact which still affects the lives of Algerian and French families today. A film by Larbi Benchiha. In French without English subtitles. 2008. 58 min. DVD X4904

Gulf War - 1990/1991

The Anti-War Tapes. (The 90's series)
The television series looks at "people, places and ideas from around the, entertaining, irreverent, funny and thought-provoking reports from the creative edge of the video age". This segment "is about war, what war does to us and what we can do about it." It looks specifically at public opinion about the Gulf War featuring footage inside Iraq, Vietnam Veterans against the War, peace activist Dr. Blaise Bonpane, Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, Allen Ginsberg and more. Contents: Inside Iraq / by John Alpert and Maryanne DeLeo -- Iraq war essay / by Andrew Jones -- Trident sub demonstration / by Jay April -- Blase Bonpane ; Ernesto Cardinal / by Nancy Cain and Jody Procter -- Ecofeminist / by Eddie Becker -- Rosa Guillen / by Karen Ranucci -- Allen Ginsberg / by John Schwartz -- Dear President Bush / by Herman J. Engle. 60 min. 1991. DVD X1375 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2205

The Arming of Iraq.
Videocassette release of the television program, Frontline, televised on September 11, 1990. Hodding Carter, investigative reporter, investigates the buildup of military forces in Iraq which led to the invasion of Kuwait. 58 min. 1990. Video/C 1773

Bayit (Home)
Tells the story of filmmaker David Ofek's immigrant family, sitting in their sealed room during the Gulf War, watching their former home, Baghdad, on television. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 18 min. 1994. Video/C 6066

Behind the Flag.
A panel of people present what they perceive as alternatives to the resolution of the U.S. problems with Iraq by encouraging diplomatic solutions and suggesting that we resolve our own domestic crises. One segment presents evidence that suggests that our government deliberately exaggerated the Iraqi threat to Saudi Arabia. The panel features Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Akins, and representatives of Greenpeace and Common Agenda Coalition. 20 min. 1991. Video/C 2562

Blood Makes the Grass Grow
This program interviews four men and two women who were among the 2,500 U.S. soldiers who attempted to become conscientious objectors during the Gulf War. c1997. 46 min. Video/C MM917

Desert Storm : A Collection of Speeches .
Contents: George Bush addresses the nation (Jan. 16, 1991) --Richard Cheney and Colin Powell, Pentagon briefing (Jan. 16, 1991) -- George Bush discusses Desert Storm after State of the Union address (Jan. 29, 1991) --Norman Schwarzkopf briefing from Riyad, Saudi Arabia detailing the land operations (March 6, 1991) -- George Bush announces the end of the war (March 6, l991). 1991. Video/C 2283

Desert Storm: The War Begins (CNN Special Reports).
Coverage of the extraordinary leaders and warriors, the history, the diplomatic ploys and battlefield stratagems in the opening chapter of the war in the gulf. 65 min. 1991. DVD X5802 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2182

The Gulf Crises TV Project.
Contents: v. 1. War, oil and power; Operation dissidence-- v. 2. Getting out of the sand trap; Bring our troops home; Bring our troops home . News coverage of opposition to American involvement in the war in Iraq, of the philosophies of the dissenters and actions taken to inform the American public of their opinions. 120 min. 1991. Video/C 2165

Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
The result of a two-year investigation, the film is based on never-before-seen documents and interviews with Desert-Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former UN Iraq Program Director Denis Halliday, former UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter and many others. Written and directed by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman. 2000. 60 min. DVD 4958

Hide and Seek in Iraq
Explores the role of United Nations inspectors in Iraq after the Gulf War as they investigated, monitored, and destroyed biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in the country. 29 min. 1992. Video/C 2165

The Iraq Campaign 1991: A Television History in Color.
Filmmaker Phil Patiris condenses 750 hours of film into a pastiche of short clips, Desert Storm events, new reports, Superbowl clips, advertisements, the Rodney King beating, and war and science fiction movies to show how American commercialism and sports hype influenced the public attitude toward the Gulf War. The film closes with scenes of President Bush greeting returning men at the Capitol. The film is followed by a radio interview of Patiris. 1992. 20 min. Video/C 5390

In Shifting Sands: The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq
A detailed documentary of the history of U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq by Scott Ritter, chief weapons inspector for UNSCOM in 1992. Ritter maintains that Iraq's ability to make weapons of mass destruction really ended with the Gulf War of 1991 and that Saddam Hussein's secrecy had more to do with protecting his own hold on power than with maintaining a weapons program. 2001. 93 min. Video/C MM152

Killing Machines.
Discusses the effectiveness of the United States' smart weapons as the nation faced a military confrontation with Iraq. Originally broadcast on the PBS television program Nova. 58 min. 1990. Video/C 2136

Lessons of Darkness.
A stirring documentary of 1992 post-Gulf War Kuwait, focusing on the oil well fires ignited by retreating Iraqi soldiers. What resulted is less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe than an apocalyptic vision of hell, a strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire. Director, Werner Herzog. 1992. 50 min. DVD 4278

Nowhere to Hide.
On February 2, 1991, during the height of the Allied bombing, Ramsey Clark left Amman, Jordan on a one week investigative journey through Iraq. Through an interpreter, Clark and his cameraman talk to several Iraqi civilians. 28 min. Video/C 1933

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Persian Gulf, Images of a Conflict. ABC News, 1991. Hosted by Peter Jennings.

Prelude to War. The first of four films of a complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This first segment begins with an introduction to Saddam Hussein in a rare interview conducted by Diane Sawyer, which predated by weeks, the invasion of Kuwait. The program then moves through the invasion, the UN resolutions, the debates in both Houses, the deadlines, the war of words between the United States and Iraq finally culminating in the night of January 16, 1991 when the first bombs fell. 140 min. 1991. Video/C 4620

The Allies Strike. Second of a four part documentary using newsreel footage from U.S. and Iraq television covering the complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This second segment covers the war day by day as it is initiated in the air and then reaches its climax with the final 100 hours on the ground. Contains newsreels from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Baghadad, and other areas of the Middle East as well as reactions in the United States and interviews with American troops. The viewer is introduced to weaponry never before utilized in any other war: technology at work in its most devastating form. 149 min. 1991. Video/C 4621

Saddam Hussein vs. The Coalition: Behind the Military Strategies. Third of a four part documentary using newsreel footage from U.S. and Iraq television covering the complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This third segment analyzes how the Gulf War was fought, planned and implemented, with graphic explanations of strategy. What went on in the minds of those in the Pentagon who planned the operation? What were Saddam's tactics and where did he fail? 55 min. 1991. Video/C 4622

A Conversation with General Schwarzkopf. Last of a four part documentary covering the complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This fourth segment is an interview with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf by Barbara Walters. Revealed here are the multidimensional sides of a soldier, a father, a son, and an American as he shares his feelings on a wide range of topics from the wars in Vietnam and the Gulf, to memories of his father, his family and his country. Closes with a newsreel tribute to U.S. Gulf War casualties. 49 min. 1991. Video/C 4623

Report from Iraq.
On April 1991, a team of doctors, lawyers and students from Harvard University went to Iraq to assess the destruction and damage brought on by the Persian Gulf War. Among their findings were that the sewage plants in Baghdad were left inoperative, resulting in pollution of the Tigris River, and that an estimated 170,000 children under age 5 will die of malnutrition and disease, due to the devastation of the health care system in Iraq. 22 min. 1991. Video/C 2561

To the Brink of War: A Frontline Special Report, January 15, 1991.
A discussion of the events leading to the war in the Persian Gulf. Video/C 1908

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War Against Iraq Begins: January 16, 1991 (Nightline)
News coverage of the Gulf War and "Desert Storm" with commentary by American military analysts and politicians and reports during the conflict from American war correspondents in Saudi Arabia, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. 52 min. 1991. Video/C 5774

War In The Gulf. (Desert Storm, 1996)

Desert Storm 1: The Weapons of Desert Shield. The confrontation in the Persian Gulf which resulted from the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait pitted the largest and most hardened Arab Army against a coalition of UN forces led by the United States. In the months between the invasion of Kuwait and final unleashing of Desert Storm, both sides frantically reinforced their positions with troops and equipment. This program looks at the massive arsenals and sophisticated weaponry assembled by the Iraqi and allied armies in this conflict. Contents: Desert shield -- Gulf seapower -- Desert armor -- Desert airpower -- Desert firepower. 54 min. Video/C 7683

Desert Storm 2: The Air Assault. On Jan. 16, 1991 the combined forces of the UN coalition in the Persian Gulf launched a massive air attack against the Iraqi armed forces in Iraq and Kuwait. This program looks at the conduct of that air attack from the pinpoint bombing of the F-111F to the F-15EStrike Eagle and the role of the F-117 Stealth Fighter. Also examines the role played by British and French air forces in the air war. Contents: Air assault -- Air superiority -- Desert strike -- Storm from the sea -- Missile war. 47 min. Video/C 7684

Desert Storm 3: The Ground Assault. On Feb. 24, 1991 the ground forces of the UN multinational force launched a massive ground attack against Iraqi forces in Kuwait. In a rapid three-day drive, coalition forces outflanked and routed the Iraqi army in one of the most lopsided victories in the annals of military conflict. This program examines the weapons and tactics of the Desert Storm ground offensive. Using actual footage previously classified, this program portrays the operation in unprecedented detail. Contents: Tools of war -- Desert arsenal -- The battle for Khafji -- The plan -- The 100 hour war. 47 min. Video/C 7685

Desert Storm 4: Desert Victory. The Gulf War of 1991 ended in an overwhelming victory for the UN sponsored allied coalition forces. This program analyzes the vital military lessons of Operation Desert Storm. Using actual combat footage much of it previously classified, it provides a unique perspective on the strategies and tactics employed during the Gulf War. Contents: Air campaign -- 100 hour war -- Face of war -- Sinews of war. 47 min. Video/C 7686

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Aufderheide, Patricia. "Your Country, My Country: How Films about the Iraq War Construct Publics." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 56-65, Fall 2007 UC users only
Beck, Richard. "Inanimate Fact and Iraq War Filmmaking." Film Quarterly Sep 2008, Vol. 62, No. 1: 8–9. UC users only
Gaines, Jane M. "Outrage: The Iraq War and the Radical Documentary Tradition." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media - Volume 48, Number 2, Fall 2007, pp. 36-55 UC users only
Grajeda, Tony. "The Winning and Losing of Hearts and Minds: Vietnam, Iraq, and the Claims of the War Documentary." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 49, pp. (no pagination), Spring 2007 UC users only
Musser, Charles. "Film Truth in the Age of George W. Bush." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 48.2 (2007) 9-35 UC users only

Army of One
A documentary following the lives of three young people who joined the U.S. Army in the wake of 9/11. In stark contrast to the portraits of willing patriotic soldiers that America sells at home and abroad, these recruits' stories reveal the more realistic, troubled conflict of American youth trapped within a military mission much larger than themselves. 2003. 71 min. A film by Sarah Goodman DVD 1704

Bagdad Rap
A documentary narrated to a hip hop rhythm by Spain's leading rap artists, filmed in Iraq a few days before the war in Iraq began in March, 2003. The film doesn't merely seek to tell about the lives of the civil population a few days before the attack, but intends to go further and show the "terrible consequences that the attack has caused to the civilian population, and will continue to cause for generations. Special features: Theatrical trailer ; rappers/recordings sessions. Audio CD: Llora por tus miserias / El Se~nor Rojo -- La palabra como arma / Frank T. -- Mal panorama / Ari [Arianna Puello] -- Vosotros en Irak / Selekta Kolektiboa -- Psicosis / Zenit -- Mienten / Kase.o y Kamel -- Marcha 271005 / Mikel Salas -- Grafittis / Mikel Salas -- Victimas civiles / Mikel Salas -- Saliendo de Bagdad / Mikel Salas -- Llora por tus miserias (Mensaje 2005 remix) / El Se~nor Rojo. Producer/director, Arturo Cisneros. 2005. 75 min. DVD 6144

Baghdad ER
An unforgettable look at the 86th Combat Support Hospital, which is the premier U.S. Army medical facility in Iraq. Watch as doctors and nurses fight to save lives of wounded soldiers on a frighteningly routine basis. Directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill. 2006. 64 min. DVD 6203

Arthur, P. "Iraq in No Particular Order." [War documentaries]. Film Comment v. 42 no. 5 (September/October 2006) p. 19-22 UC users only Documenting Life and Death in Baghdad ER; [1]
All Things Considered: Documenting Life and Death in Baghdad ER; [1]. Washington, D.C.: May 20, 2006.UC users only

The Battle for Marjah
On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan ... Journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks. Directed by Anthony Wonke. c2011. 84 min. DVD X6860

BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge
In late 2003, two filmmakers spent three weeks on the front lines of the simmering guerrilla war in Iraq, gathering intelligence, dodging bullets, and capturing the untold stories of what has become the world's most covered and misunderstood conflict. Special features: Exclusive interview with director Stephen Marshall and producer Anthony Lappe; lost scenes; breakfast at the Al Safeer; trailer; liner notes by Chris Chang of Film Comment. Directed by Stephen Marshall. 2005. 82 min. DVD 5018

Harvey, Dennis. "Battleground: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge.(Movie Review)." Variety 396.12 (Nov 8, 2004): 44(1).UC users only
Razdan, Anjula. "The Reel Iraq" Utne. Sep/Oct 2005. p. 79 (1 page) UC users only

Beyond Good & Evil: Children, Media and Violent Times.
Intro: Where were you? -- A simple story -- Playing at war -- Constructing the enemy. "Full of poignant footage and moving responses from children, exposes how the media has been used to earn public support for the U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq. The news coverage, as well as movies, television shows and video games that have incorporated the narrative of war into their storylines, has an especially profound influence on children, who often bring both entertainment and real-world violence to their play. This video examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, has helped children to dehumanize the enemies, justify their killing and treat the suffering of innocent civilians as necessary sacrifice." c2003. 37 min. DVD 6703

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Bad Voodoo's War
In June 2007, as the American military surge reached its peak, a band of National Guard infantrymen who call themselves 'The Bad Voodoo Platoon' was deployed to Iraq. To record their war, from private reflections to real-time footage of improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on the ground, FRONTLINE creates a 'virtual embed', supplying cameras to the soldiers and working with them to shape an intimate portrait that reveals the hard grind of their war. The film intimately tracks the veteran soldiers of 'Bad Voodoo' through the daily realities of their perilous mission, grappling with the political complexities of dealing with Iraqi security forces, and battling their fatigue and their fears. Written, produced and directed by Deborah Scranton. First aired as an episode of the television program Frontline on April 1, 2008. 56 min. DVD X3227

The Blood of My Brother
Takes the viewer behind the scenes of one Iraqi family's struggle to survive amidst the carnage of the growing Shia insurgency. Nineteen-year-old Ibrahim struggles to provide for his family when his older brother is shot and killed by an American patrol. With scenes of fighting and death on the streets of Baghdad, this documentary is the closest most viewers will ever come to being in Iraq; kneeling in prayer amidst a thousand Muslim worshippers, feeling the roar of low-flying Apaches, riding atop a sixty-ton tank, driving with masked resistance fighters to attack American positions, fleeing the threat of an overwhelming response, the blood in the street, a tank on fire, or the cold, distant stare of a dead Iraqi fighter. Director, Andrew Berends. 2005. 81 min. DVD 6658

Body of War
Follows Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran paralyzed from a bullet to the spine, on a physical and emotional journey as he adapts to his new body and begins to question the decision to go to war in Iraq. From soldier to anti-war activist, the film takes an unflinching view of the physical and emotional aftermath of war. This documentary unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, we see Tomas evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. And on the other hand, we see the historic debate unfolding in the Congress in 2002 about going to war in Iraq. Directed by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue. c2008. 87 min. DVD X3832

National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary

Carruthers, Susan. "Bodies of evidence: new documentaries on Iraq War veterans." UC users only
Conniff, Tamara. "6 Questions with Tomas Young." Billboard, 3/15/2008, Vol. 120 Issue 11, p32-32 UC users only

Boots on the Ground
Sgt. Kc Wayland personally documents the story of one Army Reserve unit during a year long deployment to Iraq in 2003, the first year of the war. Featuring live footage and interviews, the film reveals the sacrifices and experiences of war from a soldier's perspective. Directed by Kc Wayland and Tucker Tillman. 2005. 60 min. DVD X5392

Bringing the War Home: On the Road with Eyes Wide Open
This documentary captures the essence of Eyes Wide Open, a traveling exhibition exposing the human cost of the Iraq War. Since January 2005, a simple exhibit of empty boots and shoes with the names of their owners, has been opening eyes and stirring emotions across the country. American Friends Service Committee, c2006. 12 min. DVD 6538

Bush's War
An indepth two-part series that tells the epic story of how the Iraq War began and how it has been fought, both on the ground and deep inside the government. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the full saga unfolds as veteran producer Michael Kirk draws on one of the richest archives in broadcast journalism -- more than forty Frontline reports on Iraq and the war on terror. Combined with fresh reporting and new interviews, Bush's War is the definitive documentary analysis of one of the most challenging periods in the nation's history. 12 min. DVD 6538 Part 1 (146 min.): 1. Within hours of the 9/11 attacks -- 2. Preparing the plan of attack -- 3. Cheney's focus: new wartime powers -- 4. The Afghanistan campaign -- 5. Cheney's secret plan for handling detainees -- 6. Iraq is back on the table -- 7. Working in the shadows -- 8. Rumsfeld: hardback infighter -- 9. Rumsfeld takes on the generals and State Dept. -- 10. The drumbeats of war -- 11. Tough new interrogation techniques -- 12. The CIA national intelligence estimate on WMD -- 13. The CIA's flawed intelligence goes public. -- 14. Powell makes the case for war at the U.N. -- 15. The countdown to war. Part 2 (116 min.): 1. The invasion is over in three weeks -- 2. Plans for Postwar Iraq quickly go awry -- 3. L. Paul Bremer takes over -- 4. Bremer's next edict: dissolve the Iraqi army -- 5. No weapons of mass destruction -- 6. Things are getting bad, fast -- 7. Late 2003 - Spring 2004 -- 8. The insurgency rages -- 9. Bush re-elected: Iraqis vote -- 10. 2006: a flickering civil war -- 11. A new Defense Secretary, a new strategy. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. First broadcast as episodes of the television program Frontline on Mar. 24, 2008 & Mar. 25, 2008. 262 min. DVD X380

Campus Forum: Implications of War in Iraq
To initiate a campus dialogue about the Iraq war, a panel of UC Berkeley faculty experts were invited to explore the war's economic, political and regional implications. The event was introduced by Chancellor Robert Berdahl and the panel was moderated by David Leonard, Dean of International and Area Studies. The panelists and their areas of knowledge are Nezar Al Sayyad, Middle Eastern Studies; Thomas G. Barnes, law and history; David D. Caron, law; Laura Nader, anthropology; Steven Weber, political science; and Janet L. Yellen, economics. Each faculty member makes a presentation, followed by an all-panel discussion. The live event took place on April 1, 2003 in Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Video/C 9527

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The Case Against War in Iraq
The first segment looks at the growing opposition to war in Iraq, the groundswell of dissent and new tactics in the cause of peace. The second segment examines Bush's fight for Republican control of the Congress in the midterm elections, followed by an interview with Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye. NOW with Bill Moyers, October 11, 2002. 60 min. Video/C 9580

Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die
Examines "the truth behind the lies of Fahrenheit 9/11". This film attempts to correct the record when it comes to the left's attacks on President Bush, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the war in Iraq and Kerry's 20-year tenure in the Senate. Directed by Kevin Knoblock. Washington, D.C. : Citizens United, c2004. 71 min. DVD 35078

Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company
A personal look from the soldiers' point of view of American Martines in the War in Iraq. Shot by the soldiers of Lima Company, the hardest hit combat unit in Iraq, this harrowing documentary features an honest and heartbreaking glimpse at today's state of war with firsthand accounts of life and death on the front lines of battle. Director, Michael Epstein. 2006. 91 min. DVD 7630

A Company of Soldiers
Frontline reports from inside the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad for an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American military unit in Iraq. Shot in the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry's Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in attacks by the insurgents. Producer and director, Tom Roberts. Originally broadcast Feb. 26, 2005 on the PBS television program Frontline. 90 min. Video/C MM476

"Analysis: Controversy over whether public television stations should air original or edited version of "Frontline: A Company of Soldiers" All Things Considered. Washington, D.C.: Feb 18, 2005. p. 1 UC users only

'Deserter' is the journey of Ryan and Jen Johnson-- a deserting soldier and his young wife-- as they flee across the country to seek refugee status over the Canadian border. As they move from safe-house to safe-house, we get to know Ryan and Jen-- two shy, small-town kids from the Central Valley who joined the military because there were no jobs, and find they must make a heroic stand in order to escape an illegal and immoral war. 'Deserter' is a political road movie with one of the few happy endings that this war has given us. 2008. 30 min. DVD X157

Fahrenheit 9/11
Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore illustrates the connections President Bush has to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the bin Laden's, how the president got elected on fraudulent circumstances and then proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When the treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend the nation. Special features: "The release of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'" featurette; montage: the people of Iraq on the eve of invasion; new scene: Homeland Security, Miami style; outside Abu Ghraib Prison; Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq; Extended interview with Abdul Henderson; Ella Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. premiere; Arab-American comediens - their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission Testimony; Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance.Written, produced and directed by Michael Moore. 2004. DVD 3011

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A collaborative producton created by Iraqui and American filmmakers. After a major U.S. led offensive launched in November of 2004, two-thirds of the city of Falluhah was destroyed and thousands of its citizens were forced into refugee camps. In this documentary journalists record the destruction and death inficted by the American assault. Also included are interviews with residents who were forced to live in refugee camps on the outskirts of Fallujah and Baghdad. Iraqi production and direction, Homodi Hasim; US production and direction: Brandon Jourdan and Jacquie Soohen. Dist.: Deep Dish Television. c2004. 29 min. DVD 7345

Falluja April 2004
Fallujah has become a symbol of the resistance movement against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. In April 2004, the U.S. forces invaded Fallujah with several thousand soldiers. Why did Fallujah become a base of the resistance against the occupation? How did the U.S. forces attack? Who fought against them? And what damages and injuries did people suffer? Ten days after the siege of Falluja was lifted, Toshikuni Doi, a Japanese independent journalist, went into Fallujah. His documentary investigates the causes of, the conditions during, and damages from the siege. Producer, director, camera, editor, Toshikuni Doi. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4468

Fighting for Life
A documentary portrait of American military medicine interweaving three stories: Military doctors, nurses and medics, working with skill, compassion and dedication amidst the vortex of the Iraq War; wounded soldiers and marines reacting with courage, dignity and determination to survive and to heal; and students at USU, the "West Point" of military medicine, on their journey toward becoming career military physicians. The filmmakers had extraordinary access to combat support hospitals in Iraq, medevac flights with wounded soldiers, and military hospitals in Germany and the United States. Written by Terry Sanders and Christine Wiser. c2007. 89 min. DVD X6320

For Life Against the War ... Again
In 1967, with the Vietnam War escalating wildly, an invitation was issued to filmmakers to create works running under three minutes in protest against the accumulating carnage. The original organizers chose the rubric For Life, Against the War, and eventually compiled sixty films. Now, decades later, an invitation to protest yet another war seemed sadly urgent, inspiring the New York Film-Makers Cooperative to ring the clarion once "...Again." The response was overwhelming, with submissions from several generations of artists unified by a singular disgust for the war in Iraq and the foreign policy that perpetuates it. Compiled with works from the overtly angry to the formally forceful, For Life, Against the War boldly announces that artists can take a stand, again and again. Contents: The scream : 21st century edition / Jim Costanzo -- PSA #11 fallout / Cynthia Madansky -- Lost / Jeanne C. Finley & John Muse -- Graven images / Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen -- Words on PEACEpiece / Lili White -- Our grief is not a cry for war / Barbara Hammer -- Unfurling / Martha Gorzycki -- Night vision / Alfred Guzzetti -- I shot a spider / Elle Burchill -- Star spangled to death / Ken Jacobs -- For life / against war / Mark Street -- Prototype : God bless America! / Martha Rosler -- Description of a struggle / Bosko Blagojevic -- The small ones / Lynne Sachs -- Untitled / Kevin Barry -- Stop the war / Les LeVeque -- PEACE in order to achieve PEACE / MM Serra -- Mutable fire! / Bradley Eros and Erotic Psyche -- The weather is clearing up! / Jeffrey Skoller -- Peace is ... / Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe -- Sacco and Vanzetti / Douglas Katelus -- War montage / Cara Weiner -- Ashes, ashes ... / Jeff Silva -- Peace and pleasure / Artemis Willis and David Leitner -- Requiescat / Lynn Marie Kirby. 78 min. DVD 8303

Full Battle Rattle
Before American soldiers are deployed to Iraq, they're given three weeks special training at the National Training Center on the Ft. Irwin Military Reservation, located in California's Mojave Desert. The National Training Center has constructed a simulated Iraqi village called Medina Wasl in the desert (one of thirteen such 'villages'), where new soldiers battle 'insurgents' (played by returning U.S. troops) and interact with 'ordinary citizens' (many portrayed by Iraqi exiles who've ended up in the United States) as they learn the ins and outs of combat in the Middle East. Full Battle Rattle offers a behind-the-scenes- look at Medina Wasl, the soldiers who learn there, the people who organize the war games, and the people who've been hired to play-act at being 'the enemy'. Directed by Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss. 2008. 85 min. DVD X2064

Klawans, Stuart. "Playing Politics for Laughs." Nation; 7/14/2008, Vol. 287 Issue 2, p43-44, 2p UC users only
Rowin, Michael Joshua. "Full Battle Rattle." Film Comment, Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p72-72, 1/4p UC users only

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts. A film by Rory Kennedy. 2007. 78 min. DVD 7798

The Ground Truth
Documents the stories of patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq and Afghanistan - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflicts, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, are a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth. Produced and directed by Patricia Foulkrod. Originally released as a documentary film in 2006; expanded from the director's 2004 short film of the same name. 78 min. DVD 6785

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Carruthers, Susan L. "Question Time: The Iraq War Revisited." Cineaste, Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p12-17, 6p UC users only
Lesage, Julia. "Torture documentaries." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media; Spring2009, Issue 51, p3-3, 1p UC users only
McGrath, Jacqueline L. "Recent Documentaries about the Iraq War." Journal of American Folklore, Spring2009, Vol. 122 Issue 484, p218-223, 6p UC users only
Neroni, Hilary. "The nonsensical smile of the torturer: documentary form and the logic of enjoyment." Studies in Documentary Film; 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p245-257, 13p UC users only
Swift, Richard. "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib." New Internationalist; Jul2007, Issue 402, p30 UC users only

According to the Bush administration, the war on terrorism requires new tactics and new thinking--including departure from the Geneva Convention when deemed necessary. Guantanamo shows how that policy is implemented at Camp Delta, how it is vigorously defended in the name of national security, and how it is contested just as passionately on behalf of personal freedom and human rights. Firsthand accounts of experiences inside the prison compose the darkest dimensions of the story. Originally shown on the ABC television program 20/20. 2005. 43 min. DVD 5407

Gunner Palace
In the world's most dangerous war zone, 400 American soldiers carry out their mission from a bombed-out pleasure palace once owned by Saddam Hussein. Welcome to a place called "Gunner Palace" and experience what life is like for the soldiers who live there. For these war hardened soldiers "minor combat" involves everything from executing raids on suspected terrorists, enduring roadside bombs and mortar attacks from an enemy they never see to post-raid parties around the palace pool. This is their story which shows a side of the war not seen on the nightly news. Directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein. 2004. 85 min. DVD 4369

Arthur, P. "Gunner Palace." Film Comment v. 41 no. 2 (March/April 2005) p. 72-3 UC users only
Bissell, Tom. "Rules of Engagement." New York Times Magazine. Nov 13, 2005. p. 78 (4 pages) UC users only
Carruthers, Susan L. "Say Cheese! Operation Iraqi Freedom on Film." Cineaste v. 32 no. 1 (Winter 2006) p. 30-6UC users only
Egan, Daniel. "Gunner Palace" Film Journal International, Apr2005, Vol. 108 Issue 4, p120-121, 2p UC users only
Halter, Ed. The Village Voice. "Over there." Mar 9-Mar 15, 2005. Vol. 50, Iss. 10; p. 30 (1 page) UC users only
Hoberman, J. "Gunner Palace". The Village Voice. Mar 2-Mar 8, 2005.Vol.50, Iss. 9; pg. C56, 1 pgs UC users only
"Interview: Michael Tucker discusses his documentary "Gunner Palace"." Weekend All Things Considered (NPR), 03/05/2005 UC users only
Vincent, Steven. "Filming "Cops" in Baghdad.(Scan)(Gunner Palace)(Movie Review)." The American Enterprise 16.4 (June 2005): 8(1).UC users only

Gunning for Saddam
As Americans are confronted by acts of bioterrorism, powerful forces in the nation's capitol believe Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is to blame, for this and many other terrorist acts during the last decade. Many are lobbying to mobilize a military operation to oust Hussein when the next phase of the war on terrorism kicks in. This program also looks at Saddam Hussein's taste for revenge during his two decades as Iraq's leader, and at the failure of U.S. policy on Iraq since 1991, including the failure to support uprisings against Saddam in the northern and southern parts of Iraq. 57 min. c2001. Video/C 9571

Has America Failed in Iraq?: War, Torture, and Accountability
A panel discussion on American actions in the war with raq with particular emphasis on abuses and torture of Iraqi prisoners and journalistic lapses, facts that have not been reported or have been reported wrongly to the American people. Has there been a systematic series of abuses and methods that have resulted from orders that were given at very high levels of the American military? Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on October 25, 2004.

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Has Bush Made Us Safer?: Iraq, Terror and American Power, 11/04/03
A debate between noted journalists Christopher Hitchens, an I.F. Stone Fellow at UC Berkeley and Mark Danner, professor of the UCB Graduate School of Journalism on the topic of President Bush's foreign policy and military actions against terrorism, with particular discussion of American policy in the war with Iraq. 105 min. Video/C 9860

Homeland Resistance: Words From the Peace Protestors.
Using an array of montage and interviews, this film traces a series of protests against American foreign policy from October 2002 through February 2003 to create a vision of resistance in solidarity in the months prior to the 2003 War on Iraq. Directed and written by Nashid Fareed. (For other videos in this series, See MRC Terrorism videography). 2001. 11 min. Video/C 9990

Home Front
To date, nearly 20,000 American troops have been wounded in the war in Iraq. This film gives a face and a voice to these underrepresented soldiers and their families, told intimately through the Feldbusch family of Pennsylvania and their wounded son Jeremy. The result is an insightful view of how Jeremy and other "wounded warriors" of the Iraq War are reconstructing their lives, with courage and determination to face a new, altered self. Home Front gets behind the often-sanitized myth of war to reveal its true complications and costs. Directed, produced, written and edited by Richard Hankin. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2006. 93 min. DVD X1904; DVD 6420

How Should We Use Our Power? Iraq and the War on Terror
Debate: How Should We Use Our Power? Iraq and the War on Terror The Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the J-School, hosts a debate between I.F. Stone Fellow Christopher Hitchens and J-School Professor Mark Danner on the topic of America's role in Iraq. The event is introduced by Paul Gray, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley. It is moderated by Orville Schell Dean, Graduate School of Journalism. The event took place January 28, 2003 at 7:30pm in Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley. 1 hour, 41 minutes.

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Imperial Grand Strategy: The Conquest of Iraq and the Assault on Democracy.
Imperial Grand Strategy: "Chomsky takes on the war in Iraq cutting through the ideological fog that surrounds the invasion and occupation, laying waste to the U.S. government's justifications for them. In the process, he uncovers the real motivations behind U.S. military aggression: a global imperial plan put in place long before Iraq --and that will extend far into the future, unless we do something about it." The Assault on Freedom and Democracy: Chomsky "moves from broad, geo-political concerns to the sort of authoritarian societies needed "on the ground" for such imperial strategies to work. Discussing the Patriot Acts (1 & 2) at home and a long and disgraceful U.S. history of "democracy-building" abroad, Chomsky highlights the vast difference between noble rhetoric and our consistent military and economic support for dictators and thugs." Questions About Anarchism: Comsky is interviewed by Barry Pateman of the Emma Goldman Papers. "In a more relaxed and personal exchange, Chomsky discusses the anarchist principles that have guided him since he was a teenager and that lie behind the social and political analysis he's been producing for the last four decades." Imperial grand strategy was recorded May 22, 2004 ; The assault on freedom and democracy was recorded December 3, 2003 ; Questions about anarchism was recorded February 17, 2004. 220 min. DVD X2785

Independent Intervention: Breaking Silence
A documentary about the importance of independent media in times of war and corporate control of the media. It contrasts the mass media's coverage of the invasion of Iraq with non-embedded independent investigative reporting and shows the brutal realities of war. Through discussions with media experts, the film investigates important issues and systems that govern today's information flow and shows how these systems reveal themselves in times of political turmoil and war. Producer & director, Tonje Hessen Schei. 2005. 75 min. DVD 8304

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The Insurgency
The Iraqi insurgency continues to challenge the most highly trained and best-equipped military in the world. This investigation includes access to insurgent leaders, commanders of Iraqi and U.S. military units, and journalists who have risked their lives to meet insurgent leaders. In addition, the film explores the battle for one Iraqi town and presents testimony from civilians whose families were targets. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline on February 21, 2006. 56 min. DVD 5273

Internal Enemy: A Documentary of the Unpermitted Anti-war March in the Streets of San Francisco February 16, 2003
On February 16, 2003, a group of two thousand protestors broke away from the main anti-war march and took the streets of San Francisco without a permit. In their own radical way they expressed opposition to the proposed war on Iraq. This video gives a first hand account of the confrontation between the protestors and the police. 15 min. DVD 6895

Invasion of Iraq
On the first anniversary of the beginning of the Iraqi War, through interviews with journalists, military analysts and soldiers who actually fought the battles, presents an in-depth followup report on the U.S.-led coalition's March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Through first hand accounts investigates the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the war from both sides of the battlefield. Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline on Feb. 26, 2004. 120 min. DVD 3611

Iraq, Battle Plan Under Fire.
Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program Nova in 2004. 60 min. each installment.

Battle Plan Under Fire. Evaluates clash of "smart" technology versus desperate terrorism which is causing some experts and government leaders to seriously question America's battle plan, spending strategies, and political policies towards Iraq. Offers a rare first-hand look at the remarkable innovations -- and lethal frustrations -- of the modern battlefield. Produced and directed by C. Scott Willis. 60 min. DVD 8690

Spies that Fly The story of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or remote controlled reconnaissance planes used by the military. The Predator, as well as newer, micro UAVs are changing America's battle plans. From flying spies the size of a CD player to fully armed pilotless jets that roam halfway around the world, get a close look at the revolutionary UAVs from the past 50 years, including the Lightning Bug, Pioneer and Predator. Follow military specialists, scientists, and engineers as they examine some of the revolutionary vehicles currently under development, such as the Global Hawk, a long endurance jet programmed to fly itself from takeoff to landing. Originally broadcast on Nova television in 2003. Produced and directed by Larry Klein. 60 min. DVD 8691

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Discusses the monetary cost of war and describes the misuse of funds that were intended for Iraq's reconstruction. takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald. 2006. 90 min. DVD 6286

Christensen, Christian. "Political documentary, online organization and activist synergies." Studies in Documentary Film; 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p77-94, 18p UC users only
Haynes, John. "Documentary as Social Justice Activism: The Textual and Political Strategies of Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films." 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), Autumn 2007
Haynes, John; Littler, Jo. " Documentary as Political Activism: An Interview with Robert Greenwald." Cineaste, Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p26-29, 4p UC users only

Iraq, the Shadows of War
Constant wars, embargos and border tension have transformed Basra, Iraq's sole opening to the sea, into a living hell for the men and women who live in the region. A ghost port, a graveyard for hulks. Amidst the ruins, however, Basra is trying to revive its glorious past. For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, a team of reporters has been to see what thirty years of war have done to the city, its estuary and its people. Directed by Clement Gargoullaud. Dist.: Ciné Fête. 2010. 25 min. DVD X5729

Iraq: Voices from the Streets
Joins a U.S. congressional delegation that traveled to Iraq in September 2002 to discuss with Iraqi officials the readmission of UN arms inspectors in the hope of averting war. The documentary also features numerous man-in-the-street interviews with Iraqi citizens, commentary from international politicians and peace activists. Offers a rare chance to hear the views of ordinary Iraqi citizens about the United States along with shocking views of the impact of UN sactions and U.S. bombing on the Iraqi economy and the restrictions of the 'Oil-for Food' Program. A film by Saul Landau and Soia Angulo. c2002. 23 min. Video/C 9346

Al-Arian, Laila. "Perceptions of U.S. in the Arab World.(Arab-American Activism)." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs 23.7 (Sept 2004): 69(2). UC users only

Life and Death in the War Zone
Follow the daily drama of life and death in a tented hospital in the desert north of Baghdad and see how innovations in battlefield medicine have transformed the survival prospects of casualties. Produced and directed by Dimitri Doganis with Callum Macrae. Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS television program Nova. c2004. 60 min. DVD 8689

A feature-length documentary about 5 female U.S. Army soldiers who served in Iraq as support, but were attached to all-male infantry units in the Army and Marines. Lioness recounts their experiences at war and what it is like to return home as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans. Interviewees, Rebecca Nava, Katherine Pendry Guttormsen, Anastasia Breslow, Ranie Ruthig, Shannon Morgan. Special features: 56 min. classroom version, 9 bonus features and trailer, plus PDFs of discussion guide and Team Lioness: American servicewomen in Iraq. Directed by Meg McLagan and Daria. 2010. 82 min. DVD X4692

Carruthers, Susan. "Bodies of evidence: new documentaries on Iraq War veterans." UC users only
"Lioness." Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring2010, Issue 46, p69-70, 2p UC users only
Raimon, Eve Allegra. "Lioness." Journal of American History; Dec 2008, Vol. 95 Issue 3, p949, 2p UC users only

Looking at America from Abroad: A European Media Perspective
A panel discussion by European journalists discussing the future of the Atlantic Alliance and how the war with Iraq is precipitating shifting political alliances and the balance of power worldwide. Also examines how the War in Iraq has been reported by the European media. Moderator: Orville Schell; Panel: Federico Rampini (La Repubblica), Patrick Jarreau (Le Monde), Annette Levy-Willard (Liberation), Anthony Gooch (Great Britain), Godfrey Hodgson (Oxfore Univ.). A Berkeley Webcast event; sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. 2003. 4/3/03 110 min. Video/C 9509

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Michael Nacht: Update on the War on Terrorism and Iraq
On October 3, 2002, Dean Michael Nacht gave an informal and informational talk on the status of the Bush Administration's efforts to wage war with Iraq. Nacht, as well as Dean and Professor of Public Policy, specializes in U.S. national security policy, international affairs and in management strategies for public organizations. 32 minutes, 42 seconds.

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My Country, My Country
Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate who is an outspoken critic of the occupation but passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq. As his waiting room is filled daily with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence, Dr. Riyadh struggles to understand the tragic contradiction of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy through the Middle East. A film by Laura Poitras. 2004. 90 min. DVD 6511

Arthur, P. "Iraq in No Particular Order." [War documentaries]. Film Comment v. 42 no. 5 (September/October 2006) p. 19-22 UC users only
Carruthers, Susan L. "Say Cheese! Operation Iraqi Freedom on Film." Cineaste v. 32 no. 1 (Winter 2006) p. 30-6UC users only

New American Solidier
Follows three immigrant soldiers through training and deployment, as they take steps towards US citizenship. Examines two of the most debated issues in US politics today: immigration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Filmed and edited by Emma Cott, Anna Belle Peevey. Produced in the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. 2009. 24 min. DVD X4620

No End In Sight
An insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officals, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. Examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy--the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military--largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. Producer/director, Charles Ferguson. 2007. 102 min. DVD 9128


Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Non-fiction film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-fiction film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Beck, Bernard. "Your Wildest Dreams: No End in Sight, The Astronaut Farmer, and Other American Follies." Multicultural Perspectives, 2008, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p90-93, 4p UC users only
Carruthers, Susan L. "Question Time: The Iraq War Revisited." Cineaste, Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p12-17, 6p UC users only
McGrath, Jacqueline L. "Recent Documentaries about the Iraq War." Journal of American Folklore, Spring2009, Vol. 122 Issue 484, p218-223, 6p UC users only

NOW with Bill Moyers. October 1, 2004: Battle of Algiers
Bill Moyers talks to Knight Ridder's Baghdad Bureau Chief Hannah Allam to compare the latest news from Iraq against the language coming out of the first Bush-Kerry 2004 presidential debate held the previous day. Reporter Morton Mintz talks about the important questions that weren't asked at the debate and also examines the film The Battle of Algiers, and what message the film might have about the situation in Iraq today. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television newsmagazine NOW, October 1, 2004. 66 min. Video/C MM380

Occupation, Dreamland
Follows the members of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed in Falluja, Iraq, during the winter and spring of 2004, leading up to the Battle of Fallujah. An uncensored look at the war on the ground revealing Army life and the complexity of American war in the 21st century. A documentary by Garrett Scott & Ian Olds. 2005. 78 min. DVD 5390

Bissell, Tom. "Rules of Engagement." New York Times Magazine. Nov 13, 2005. p. 78 (4 pages) UC users only
Carruthers, Susan L. "Say Cheese! Operation Iraqi Freedom on Film." Cineaste v. 32 no. 1 (Winter 2006) p. 30-6UC users only
Halter, Ed. The Village Voice. "Over there." Mar 9-Mar 15, 2005. Vol. 50, Iss. 10; p. 30 (1 page) UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "Anywhere But Here." The Nation. Oct 10, 2005. Vol. 281, Iss. 11; p. 34 (3 pages) UC users only
Land, Joshua. "Occupation, Dreamland." The Village Voice. Sep 21-Sep 27, 2005. Vol. 50, Iss. 38; p. C66 (1 page) UC users only
Rowin, Michael Joshua. "Occupation, Dreamland." Interview. Oct 2005. Vol. 35, Iss. 9; p. 118 (1 page) UC users only

Off to War: From Rural Arkansas to Iraq
Tracks the citizen soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard from Clarksville and their famiies before, during, and after a deployment to Iraq. Ten episodes of a television series details their lives as they come face to face with the horrors of war. Never before has a unit of soldiers been followed from the beginning to the end of their deployment at war. Produced and directed by Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud. 2005. 452 min. DVD 6453

Opening the Gates of Abu Ghraib
Looks at the political fallout from the torture and humiliation inflicted on Iraqi prisoners of war by U.S. Military personnel in the Abu Ghraib Prison, and responses by President Bush and Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The questions are clear: Who knew what and when and who are the contract employees who have been hired to do much of the guarding and interrogation of Iraqi prisoners? Finally correspondent Jake Tapper revisits a 1971 experiment at Stanford University, which sheds light on what happens to people who are put into positions of power over others. Originally produced for the television program Primetime Live, broadcast on May 5, 2004. 22 min. Video/C MM296

Operation Homecoming
Through interviews and dramatic readings, examines the writings of servicemen and women and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Covering the full spectrum including poetry, fiction, memoir, letters, journals and essays, presents a profound window into the human side of America's current conflicts. Provides depth and context to these experiences through a broader look at the universal themes of war literature. Special features on DVD X3320: (32 min.): 5 interviews (18 min. total); poetry reading ("Eulogy", 2 min.); bonus 8mm footage from "Road work" (4 min.); "Men in black" illustrated storyboard (6 min.); trailer (2 min.); filmmaker bio (Robbins, 4 p.). Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads on April 16, 2007. 60 min. DVD X3320; DVD X802

Bauerlein, Mark. "A Different Iraq: Writings from the Front." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America; May2007, Vol. 122 Issue 3, p784-787, 4p UC users only

Other American Voices
Interviews with Noam Chomsky, Richard Deats, Katrina van den Heuvel, Amy Goodman, Asif Ulla and others about the state of political opposition and dissent in the United States in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 2002. 52 min. Video/C 9516

Cinema Guild catalog description

Outside the Wire
A documentary trilogy by independent filmmaker J.D. Johannes. "Go outside the wire" he tells the complex story of the war in Iraq. The interviews with Soldiers and Marines were conducted at the combat outposts where they lived and worked. 'Danger Close' is an up-close, in-depth look at a complex attack by Al Qaida on a small, distant U.S. Army outpost on the edge of the Euphrates river valley. J.D. Johannes was the only reporter to witness the attack and followed the US Army paratroopers into combat --nearly getting himself killed. 'Anbar Awkens' shows the greatest turn-around of the Iraq War --the tribes of Al Anbar province joining with the coalition to fight Al Qaida --from the perspective of the Jumayli tribe. The Jumayli tribe --with no prompting from the Coalition --turned on Al Qaida and engaged in a serious gun-battle with Al Qaida before formally joining with the coalition. 'Baghdad Surge' is a look at the surge from asphalt level. This episode follows a U.S. Army infantry Captain through a 'day-of-the-surge' and the modern three-block-war. Written & narrated by J.D. Johannes ; shot & directed by J.D. Johannes. 2008. 110 min. DVD 9473

Playing the News.
In 2004, television, radio and print media covered the U.S.-led attack on Fallujah. So did one video game. But can video games do journalism? This documentary examines the role played by New York based reality games company Kuma Reality Games in connecting young people to current events. After designing a video game called Kuma/War based on the November 2004 siege of Fallujah, Kuma Reality began to think of itself as a news organization. But war reporting has certainly never looked like this before. A film by Jigar Mehta and Jeff Plunkett. 2005. 20 min. DVD 6108

Rumsfeld's War
With the United States Army deployed in a dozen hotspots around the world, on constant alert in Afghanistan, and taking casualties every day in Iraq, some current and former officers now say the army is on the verge of being "broken." They charge that the army is overstretched, demoralized and may be unable to fight where and when the nation desires. This program digs into the aggressive attempts to assert civilian control and remake the military by the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his allies. Produced and directed by Michael Kirk. Originally broadcast on the PBS program Frontline, 2004. 90 min. DVD 3620

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Testifies, May 7, 2004
Presents footage of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumnsfeld as he faces Congressional hearings concerning issues of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. Military personnel in the Abu Ghraib Prison. There are lots of serious questions. Why hasn't Rumsfeld thoroughly read the report on the abuses at that prison in Iraq? Why is the investigation moving so slowly? Why didn't he inform the President, or Congress, before the now infamous pictures showed up on television to inflame the American public and damage relations with Iraq? Originally produced for the television program Primetime Live, broadcast on May 7, 2004. 22 min. Video/C MM295

Shocking and Awful
Deep Dish TV has collected and produced these programs about the Iraq War and the occupation, which are being distributed to communities all over the United States on Free Speech TV and on community access channels. Each program contains a number of segments with a total of twelve programs (28 min. each) presenting an independent viewpoint of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. [Disc 1] 1. The real face of occupation -- 2. Standing with the women of Iraq -- 3. National insecurities -- 4. The art of resistance. [Disc 2] 5. Dance of death -- 6. Erasing memory, the cultural destruction of Iraq -- 7. Globalization at gunpoint, the economics of occupation -- 8. The world says no to war. [Disc 3] 9. Empire and oil -- 10. Channels of war, the media is the military -- 11. Resistance at home -- 12. Baghdad. c2004. 1 hr. 56 min. each disc. DVD 6916

Speaking of Baghdad: Their Words, Our Voices
An acclaimed international cast performs stories collected since 2002 by playwright and theatre producer George Larkin from Iraqi writers in Baghdad. Now, we get a chance to hear about life during the war from Iraq's own writers. Directed by George Larkin. 2009. 28 min. DVD X4992

Standard Operating Procedure
First revealed to the world through impromptu photographs taken by U.S. soldiers stationed within the facility, this documentary investigates the story and causes behind the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Involving apparent wide-scale abuse and torture of prisoners, the photos forced attention on the decisions and actions that turned the once-notorious Iraqi prison into an even more notorious U.S.-run detainment center. One of the most dramatic moments in recent U.S. military history is examined through interviews with participants and dramatic reenactments. Produced and directed by Errol Morris. c2008. 116 min. DVD X3040

Tariq Ali: War, Empire, and Resistance
Tariq Ali, editor of the New Left Review and author of "Clash of Fundamentalisms," visits campus as the Sanford S. Elberg Lecturer in International Studies. His talk, "War, Empire, and Resistance," focusses on the current debate over the war in Iraq. The live event took place on May 8, 2003, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Center. 1 hour, 57 minutes

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Tough Talk About Iraq
A look at President Bush's tough talk on Iraq and how it's playing in the Middle East with interviews with Egyptian talk show host Emad El-din Adeeb and publisher of Harper's Magazine, John MacArthur on the propaganda war. Concludes with an interview with Georgetown University professor Charles Kupchan,author of The End of the American era. NOW with Bill Moyers, January 31, 2003. 60 min. Video/C 9579

XXI Century
56 min. each installment

Part 1: The Dawn. An investigative report beginning with the presidential elections of 2000. What happened in those elections? Who really won the State of Florida? Then takes a look at September 11, 2001 with personal accounts of the attacks and critical commentary by reporters, academics and average citizens. Investigative reporter Greg Palast calls September 11 "the most censored story in America," while Gore Vidal, Arno Mayer and others reflect critically on political consequences and responses to the event. DVD 2667
Part 2: And the Pursuit of Happiness. Examines what has happened in America after September 11, 2001, looking at its impact on American political issues such as freedom, democracy, the First Amendment, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights ... and the Patriot Act. Civil rights activists and others question the "official" version and the status quo. Also looks at rallys and demonstrations against the war in Afghanistan and anti-terrorism policies of the Bush administration and investigates the effectiveness of the peace movement. DVD 2668
Part 3, And Nothing but the Truth. Presents a critical examination of the response of the mass media complex to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks which too often worked as a propaganda machine of the Bush administration. A meaningful list of concrete examples is enumerated by journalists and newspeople including Greg Palast of the BBC and The Guardian, Katha Pollitt of the Nation, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Danny Schecter of Media and many others who enumerate examples of how the mainstream media abdicated its public role as watchdog of the power. DVD 2669
Part 4, War, Peace and Patriotism. Looks back at issues of war and patriotism in the later half of the 20th century in America. David Cline, Vietnam war veteran and president of Veterans for Peace, remembers the Vietnam war along with others, including the notorious "chicken-hawks" who tell how they succeeded in avoiding going to war. Nelson Mandela reflects on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs while Hiroshima survivors remember the tragic event. With the help of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, political activists of the 1960s revisit the anti-war movement. DVD 2670
Part 5, Civilization. Art historian Zainab Baharani, who was born in Baghdad, describes the damages to the Iraqi architectural and artistic heritage due to the first Gulf War. The documentary then looks at the regime of Saddam Hussein, his use of gas against the Iranians and the Kurds and the close ties between the Reagan and Bush administrations with Saddah Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. Finally the invasion of Kuwait, the first Gulf War, the UN sactions against Iraq and their effects on the civilian population are analyzed by historians, human rights workers and international law scholars. DVD 2671
Part 6, Blood and Oil. While the war against Iraq was approaching, international organizations were working to foresee the effects of a new conflict on the civilian population. What was the price and who would pay it? Looks at the search for weapons of mass destruction and the inspections, and the role of oil in the conflict. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians, and the former weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, tell "the other version," deconstructing the lies which have been too often told. Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, historian Arno Mayer and others share their critiques and point of views. DVD 2672
Part 7, Pax Americana. Representatives of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as historians and international scholars deconstruct the arguments relative to human rights and bringing democracy to Iraq that were brought by the Bush administration as the main reasons to go to war. The connections between the Bush administration and the Sharon Government, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the geopolitical scenario after the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are also discussed. DVD 2673

The War in Iraq and the American Economy
Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, addresses the economic impact and consequences for America of the continuing war in Iraq. Held on September 26, 2003 in the Anderson Auditorium, Haas School, University of California, Berkeley. Video/C 9710

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War Spin: Media and the Iraq War
In this report John Kampfner, political editor for the New Statesman (London) skeptically analyzes the heroic reports of the ambush, capture, and rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, calling them misrepresentations designed to bolster weak support for the Iraq war effort. He also scrutinizes the controversial practice of embedding members of the newsmedia in military units and questions the sincerity, and overall informational value of the daily CentCom biefings in Doha. Originally broadcast in 2003 as a documentary from the BBC series: Correspondent. 46 min. DVD 3018

Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
A documentary taking the viewer behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons for fighting a "preemptive" war against Iraq that wasn't necessary. Includes interviews with more than 20 experts in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald, 2003. 60 min. DVD 2191; vhs Video/C MM1095

The War Tapes
The war tapes is Operation Iraqi Freedom as filmed by Sergeant Steve Pink, Sergeant Zack Bazzi and Specialist Mike Moriarty. Steve is a wisecracking carpenter who aspires to be a writer. Zack is a Lebanese-American university student who loves to travel and is fluent in Arabic. Mike is a father and resolute patriot who rejoined the Army after 9/11. These soldiers captured over 800 hours of footage, providing a glimpse of their lives in the midst of war. The result is a raw portrait of three men -- and their families -- as they face, and struggle to understand, their duty. Directed by Deborah Scranton; produced by Robert May and Steve James. 2006. 97 min. DVD 6613

Arthur, P. "Iraq in No Particular Order." [War documentaries]. Film Comment v. 42 no. 5 (September/October 2006) p. 19-22 UC users only
Boruszkowski, Lilly Ann. "Editing Subject-Filmed Documentary: Steve James and The War Tapes." Journal of Film and Video Volume 63, Number 4, Winter 2011 UC users only
Carruthers, Susan L. "Say Cheese! Operation Iraqi Freedom on Film." Cineaste v. 32 no. 1 (Winter 2006) p. 30-6UC users only

War, the Press and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post-9/11 World
Panel host: Orville Schell. A panel discussion with Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State and president of the Brookings Institution, professor Mark Danner of the UCB Graduate School or Journalism and professor Peter Tarnoff, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, two days before the beginning of the war on Iraq concerning American foreign policy and the impact and implications of the impending war. A Berkeley Webcast event ; sponsored by the Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs and the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, 3/18/03. 93 min. Video/C 9526

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We Interrupt This Empire ...
Documents the protest demonstrations that shut down San Francisco following the United State's 2003 invasion of Iraq. With the audio backdrop including the live broadcasts of SF Independent Media Center's Enemy Combatant Radio and the SFPD's own tactical communications that were picked up by police scanners, the documentary takes a look at the protest in San Francisco, as well as critiques the corporate media's war coverage. 2003. 52 min. Video/C MM64

What's Next for Iraq
Report on the commencing war in Iraq followed by interviews with Thomas Carothers, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Iraqi dissident Kanan Makiya; historian Simon Schama and Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, an international organization dedicated to inquiry on issues of global concern. NOW with Bill Moyers, March 17, 2003. 60 min. Video/C 9578

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
There were two wars going on in Iraq, one was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and remove WMDs, Weapons of Mass Destruction; the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs, Weapons of Mass Deception. Based on the book, Embedded-- weapons of mass deception: how the media failed to cover the war in Iraq by Danny Schechter. 2004. 98 min. DVD 3844

When I Came Home
Looks at homeless veterans in America, especially those who served in Vietnam and those returning from the current war in Iraq. The film reveals the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight after they come home. Includes the story of Iraq War veteran Herold Noel who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and lives out of his car in Brooklyn. Exposes a failing system and our veterans' fight for survival after returning home from war. Directed by Dan Lohaus. Dist.: New Day Films. 2006. 70 min. DVD X2403

The Wounded Platoon
Since the Iraq war began, a total of 17 soldiers from Fort Carson have been charged with or convicted of murder, manslaughter or attempted murder committed at home in the United States, and 36 have committed suicide. The Wounded Platoon, investigates a single Fort Carson platoon of infantrymen -- the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry -- and finds, after a long journey, a group of young men changed by war and battling a range of psychiatric disorders that many blame for their violent and self-destructive behavior. Since returning from Iraq, three members of the 3rd Platoon have been convicted on murder or attempted murder charges; one has been jailed for drunk driving and another for assaulting his wife; and one has attempted suicide. Contents: 1. Third Platoon's first year in Iraq -- 2. Fort Carson confronts a crisis -- 3. Third Platoon's second Iraq tour -- 4. "In Iraq, you've got to be numb" -- 5. Kenny Eastridge -- 6. Coming home -- 7. A reunion. Directed by Dan Edge Originally produced for public television broadcast on May 18, 2010. 90 min. DVD X4859

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Beirut: The Last Home Movie.
Chronicles three months in 1981 in the life of a Lebanese family living in Beirut's heavily bombed and all-but-deserted neighborhood: Christian Ashrafia. Presents the Bustros family as one that cannot face the present, nor extricate itself from the past or imagine a future. Film presents insight into the psychology of war in the 20th century. 90 min. Video/C 3100

Fields of Fire
In South Lebanon as many as one million unexploded cluster bombs litter the countryside following the recent war with Israel. In the first two months after the war ended more than a hundred people have been killed or injured by these munitions and farmers are in danger of losing their livelihoods out of fear of entering contaminated fields. 2006. 12 min. DVD 9946

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Eastern Europe

Examines the fighting in Sarajevo and the conflict between the Serbs and the Croatians. Includes interviews with Francois Mitterrand and 'Alija Izetbegovic. A film by Gilles Hertzog et Bernard-Henri Levy, 1994. 117 min. Video/C 4438

Bosnia: Peace Without Honor
Traces the roots of the Bosnian conflict through the 1992-1995 efforts of America's Cyrus Vance and British diplomat Lord David Owen to negotiate a lasting peace. Both diplomats expose the role of world powers in brokering, mediating, and at times exacerbating the regional conflict. Owen attributes failures to establish an equitable regional government to the election of Bill Clinton and the resulting American foreign policy shifts--particularly the placement of UN troops in strategic Serbian sites. Originally produced as a television program in the BBC series Panorama in 1995. 40 min. Video/C 6471

The Bosnia War Crimes Trial
Atrocities that people thought had disappeared with World War II were suddenly front page news in the 1990's in the Balkan region of Bosnia with death camps, mass executions, deportations and the chilling term "ethnic cleansing." So once again, international law was invoked to bring the criminals to justice. Contains archival footage of the concentration camps, the war crimes trial and testimony by victims of torture and former prisoners of war at the trial. 2000. 48 min. Video/C 7951

Calling the Ghosts (Prozivanje duhova)
Women survivors of Omarska Detention Camp describe the camp and the situation in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. Their release and recovery process are also described. A film by Mandy Jacobson. 1996. 60 min. DVD X2393; Video/C 4646

Goodman, Walter. " Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women." New York Times v146 (Mon, March 3, 1997):B8(N), C16(L), col 4, 11 col in.
Leonard, John. "Calling the Ghosts." (television program reviews) New York v30, n8 (March 3, 1997):62.
Miller, Judith. "Taking Two Bosnian Women's Case to the World."(documentary film, 'Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women,' recounts the experiences of Bosnian Muslim women who were repeatedly raped by Serbian officers... New York Times v146, sec2 (Sun, Feb 23, 1997):H36(N), H36(L), col 1, 32 col in.

The Ethnic Cleansers and the Cleansed: The Unforgiving.
In Serb-held eastern Bosnia, a Serbian couple desperately try to learn how their 11 year-old son was murdered and where his remains might be. The only clues come from a Muslim prisoner, a family acquaintance before the time of ethnic cleansing. The film follows the family's harrowing search and shows how atrocities have become commonplace in the struggle for control of Bosnia. 78 min. Video/C 3621

Ethnic Fault Lines Revisited
The first segment examines the ethnic tensions in Nogorno-Karabakh, an Armenian Christian enclave surrounded by the largely Muslim former Republic of Azerbaijan. The second segment is a report from inside Serbia about a large Muslim enclave that was, until recently, free of the horrors of "ethnic cleansing." Includes interviews of these Serbian muslims about their hopes and fears for the future. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast September 22, 1993. 27 min. ea. Video/C 6699

Interview with Svetlana Slapsak and Zoran Mutic
The second segment is an interview with two writers; Bosnian author, Zoran Mutic, and Serbian author Svetlana Slapsak, on their views of the ethnic turmoil in Sarajevo. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast August 25, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6701

Kosovo (Kosovo: The Next Bosnia?)
Contents: [Pt 1]. Kosovo: Balkan crisis -- [Pt. 2. Chinese illegal Segment one examines reistance by ethnic Albanians against Serbian occupation. The second segment is a discussion of U.S. immigration policy with Arthur Helton of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights concerning U.S. policy on Chinese illegal immigrants seeking asylum. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast June 16, 1993. Video/C 6696

First segment: Reports on the lack of media independence in post-communist Hungary where broadcast media are under attack by the government for its "liberal bias." Second segment: A story on the growing number of journalists who are killed while on assignment throughout the world. Third segment: A profile of the world's most unusual radio station--Belgrade's B-92-- which mixes music with anti-war activism in Serbia's capital. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 28, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6711

Milosevic on Trial
An examinination of the Hague's criminal tribunal of Slobodon Milosevic for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, the longest and most extensive war-crimes trial since WWII. Spanning the entire case history from 2002-2006, the documentary features footage of the trial, back-room planning sessions, discussions of Milosevic's defense strategy. Interviews include Milosevic's wife Mira Markovic, his legal advisors, the lead prosecutors, and local investigators. The documentary also visits the sites of atrocities to provide additional background history for the viewer. Directed by Michael Christoffersen. Originally produced in 2007 as a television program for TV2/Danmark. 75 min. DVD X650

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Mirror to History: Confronting War Crimes in Bosnia
In this grassroots documentary, the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia and top political officials, as well as civilians and victims, help demystify the Bosnian conflict while exposing truths about the nature of prosecuting individuals for crimes against humanity. 2000. 52 min. Video/C 7442;

Picture Me an Enemy.
Told through the intimate stories of Natasa, a Serbo-Croat, and Tahija, a Bosnian Muslim, this documentary puts a human face on the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Though they are from opposite sides of the conflict, these young women speak a common truth about how those in power used religion, ethnicity and nationality to construct the "enemy." They reach beyond their national identities to address universal questions of conflict, peace and forgiveness. Combining interviews, archival footage and family photos, this compelling portrait adds valuable insight to our understanding of war, as well as to recent conflicts in the Balkans. 2003. 29 min. Video/C MM349

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The Road to Nowhere. (Blood and Belonging; 1).
They might be described as a throwback to the Middle Ages, but the warloards in the former Yugoslavia constitute big figures in the new world order. This program examines these people and the rhetoric of nationalism they use to justify themselves. The story of Yugoslavia is the story of its first highway, the Highway of Brotherhood and Unity; today it is a symbol of everything gone wrong in the country, a road impassable for both Serb and Croat: a road to nowhere. 50 min. Video/C 4639

Sarajevo Diaries
Segment one gives excerpts from videos by SAGA, a Sarajevo-based group of filmmakers, from inside the besieged Bosnian capital. The second segment examines ethnic hatred and extreme nationalism in the Czech Republic where neo-Nazi ideas are winning adherents among the young. The final segment reports on the Eyes of the Earth Project which distributes cameras to human rights activists for the documentation of human rights abuses. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs. broadcast September 8, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6694

Sarajevo: Ground Zero, Parts 1 & 2
Part one highlights films produced by SAGA (Sarajevo Group of Artists) which offer a chilling look at the everyday life of a city under siege. Includes interviews of the filmmakers, soldiers and civilians. Part two continues SAGA's films of daily life in Sarajevo and includes commentary by New York Times correspondent John Burns and American writer Susan Sontag who is staging Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast November 3 and November 10, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6702

Sarajevo: A Street Under Siege
Presents a video diary on how the seige in Sarajevo has affected the lives of ordinary people on one street, intercut by an interview with N.Y. Times reporter John Burns who spent 18 months in Sarajevo. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 9, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6704

Sarajevo: The Living and the Dead (Frontline).
Yugoslavian-born filmaker Radovan Tadic presents an intimate portrait of Sarajevans trying to live while deprived of almost everything. This chronicle, filmed over a period of six months, ultimatley becomes a meditation on the war, as well as a larger journey through the psychological and moral landscape of the besieged city. 57 min. Video/C 3890

Srebrenica: Looking for Justice(Life; 5)
Examines the massacre at Srebrenica on its 10th anniversary and the attempts to bring those responsible to justice. Forensic scientists are still uncovering the truth about what really happened at Srebrenica. The perpetrators of the massacre went to enormous lengths to hide the evidence; former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military subordinate General Ratko Mladic - both indicted for war crimes - have evaded capture for ten years. But there is now a bigger political process at work as all sides try to move towards a better and more secure future for the Balkans. One reason for this new determination is the prospect of the Balkan States joining the EU. Narrator/director, Amanda Feldon. 2005. 23 min. DVD 8387

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The Truth About Croatia (Chicago: Consulate General of Yugoslavia).
Documentary describing the conflict between Croatians on the one hand and Serbians and elements of the Yugoslavian army on the other hand in the period following the disintegration of Yugoslavia as a federal republic. 14 min. Video/C 2778

Urbicide: A Sarajevo Diary.
In this film Bill Tribe, a Sarajevo refugee, returns to his embattled city in an attempt to rescue his wife and son-in-law from the carnage. A former translator to President Izetbegovic and an ex-patient of the psychiatrist turned "Butcher of Sarajevo", Dr. Radovan Karadzic, Tribe devoted 26 years to teaching at the University of Sarajevo. Now, after a 4 month respite in his native England, he has come back to the remains of a shell-shattered life. 50 min. Video/C 3700

War Crimes
The first segment examines the establishment of the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal created to punish human rights abusers and how the Tribunal plans to deal with atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia. Includes interviews with members of Human Rights Watch, a human rights group, that supports rape victims in Bosnia. The second segment presents a musical piece by Croatian musician and human rights advocate, Nenad Bach. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 21, 1993. 27 min. Video/6688

War Crimes Tribunal
The UN voted to convene a war crimes tribunal to examine crimes against humanity in Bosnia/Herzegovina and other former Yugoslav republics. This segment investigates why a year later no investigations are underway. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 2, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6703

While America Watched: The Bosnia Tragedy.
Examines concentration camps in Bosnia. Describes why America, which emerged from the Gulf War and the collapse of the Soviet Union as the world's strongest military and political power, decided to do so little militarily to stop the fighting in Bosnia. ABC News with Peter Jennings. 47 min. Video/C 4573

Yellow Wasps: Roots of Ethnic Cleansing, Parts 1 & 2.
Part 1: Extended excerpts from the documentary "Yellow Wasps," directed by Ilan Ziv and produced by Jovan Dulovic and Rory O'Connor, examines ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia through a war crimes trial of a Serbian para-military group called "Yellow Wasps." Journalists and survivors relate their personal experiences. Part II: Examines the discovery of concentration camps in the former Yugoslavia and the response of the international community. Former U.S. Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger, is interviewed on the moral implications of non-intervention. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 6725

Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War.
Documentary analysis of the war in Yugoslavia, investigating how serious errors and misjudgments made by Western powers, particularly Germany and the U.S., helped spark the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Features interviews with Lord Peter Carrington, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Hans Dietrich Genscher and scholars. Questions the role the U.N. and NATO played in the events leading up to the conflict. Directed by George Bogdanich. 1999. 165 min. DVD 7374

Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation.
Using interviews with principal figures and archival footage, this six-part program studies how and why the once-unified country of Yugoslavia disintegrated into a combat zone of warring factions. Companion text to video series: Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation by Laura Sibler and Allan Little (Main Stack DR1313.S55 1996) 1996. 100 min. each tape

Part 1 and 2: Examines the country's initial breakup following the loss of communist control after Tito's death. In Part 2 Serb leaders, swept out of Croatia in 1990, tell how they launched their rebellion which began the wars that have engulfed Yugoslavia. Video/C 7401

Part 3 and 4: In Part 3 Dragoslav Bokan and Vojislav Seselj, two of Serbian's paramilitary leaders indicted as war criminals, describe the plan they used to stop the Croats from claiming their independence. Part 4 investigates new evidence that Serb President Slobodan Milosevic himself ordered the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia as soon as the war began in April 1992. Video/C 7402

Part 5 and 6: The fifth segment examines attempts to arrive at peace amidst continuing conflict commencing in December, 1992 with the U.N. and the Owen peace plan. In the sixth and final segment, despite continuing conflicts between Serbs and muslims, work for peace continued with the Dayton peace plan negotiated in November 1995. Video/C 7403

Yugoslavia: Origins of a War.
Using archival and unpublished materials, this film provides background to the ethnic conflicts raging in the former Yugoslavia as it examines the conflict's roots from the beginning of the twentieth century with the creation of Yugoslavia, the second World War, and the arrival of Tito. The program goes on to show how, from the early 1980's, stresses arose with the rise of nationalism and local extreminists in the republics, leading to "civil" war and the destruction of a state. A video by Christophe Talczewski. 200-? 58 min. DVD X3939; Video/C 4386

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