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Churchill's Island (1941)

The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

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Stuart Legg (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lorne Greene ... Narrator (voice)
Gérard Arthur Gérard Arthur ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
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This short uses newsreel footage, official British government film, and captured German government film to tell the story of Great Britain's defense against Germany in the early days of World War II. The story begins with the Battle of Britain, Germany's air war against England in 1940. Germany lost about 2300 aircraft, while the Royal Air Force lost about 900. When Germany realized that the war could not be won in the air, it carried out a policy of sinking virtually any ship in the Atlantic headed to England. Meanwhile, England prepared for a sea invasion on its southern coasts, determined to repel any attack. The narrator says that with the help of America, Canada, and other allies, England will not be defeated and tells Germany, "Come, IF YOU DARE!" Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 April 2004 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

La forteresse de Churchill See more »

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Mono (Northern Electric Wide Range Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This is the first documentary film to win the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary as 1942 was the year that the category was introduced. See more »

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why and how the UK fights
5 January 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The first ever documentary to win an Academy Award will be harder to take seriously nowadays due to the propaganda factor, but I'd say that it made perfect sense in World War II. "Churchill's Island" extols the United Kingdom's defense industry, identifying it as the main bulwark against Nazi Germany's advance. Despite the title, Winston Churchill only appears briefly at the end. The other elephant in the room is that back then, it was widely agreed that we needed high taxes to pay for wars; sixty years later George W. Bush turned a record surplus into record deficits by borrowing money from China* to fund his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the end, I recommend this documentary, the first ever Canadian production to win an Oscar.

*Speaking of China, the people who buy all that junk in Wal-Mart overlook something. Wal-Mart buys 90% of its products from China, which buys its oil from Iran. On top of it, the evangelical Christians have endorsed Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay policies, not realizing that his government is one of Iran's biggest allies.


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