War on the Silver Screen. Thaddeus Sonnenfeld, Jacob Kestner, John Rechtoris . Thesis. World War II cinema, regardless of ideological boundaries, expressed common themes. . ALL HANDS ON DECK !!!. Learning to Adjust. Facing Your Fears. Oh the Humanity!. Friends and Foes.
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World War II cinema, regardless of ideological boundaries, expressed common themes.
Destiny of a Man (1959)
“Super Rabbit” 1943
“This is the Voice of Freedom. We will tell you what the government does not want you to hear.” –Kurt Franken
Voice of Terror (1942)
“So, what are you a Nazi? That’s right! If you don’t help me, then you’re helping the Nazis.” -Kitty
“The Party is Hitler - and Hitler is Germany just as Germany is Hitler! ”
-- Rudolf Hess, 1934 Nazi Party Congress
Members of the Labor Service pledge before Hitler to support Germany despite their different origins.
“There’s only one side… England! ”
– Kitty, Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
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Sherlock Holmes and
the Voice of Terror (1942)
The Best Years of Our Live (1946)
“He would have been a fine man... but we remember him
just as a soldier- a Russian soldier.”
- Ballad of a Soldier
Alyosha, like most soldiers
in the Soviet Army during
World War II, comes from
a village in the countryside.
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
Destiny of a Man (1959)
“Tomorrow, when they ask for the Communists, officers, and Jews,
do not try to hide. I will point you out to them.”
- Destiny of a Man
“…Loose lips sink ships. ”
– Richard Maltin, Bugs & Daffy: Wartime Cartoons
In Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), a Nazi radio station broadcasts from inside England
Hitler from Triumph of the Will (1935) giving a speech in which he warns against subversives in the Party
In Draftee Daffy (1944), cartoon icon Daffy Duck gradually Becomes the villain of the of the show as he tries to evade the draft.
The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the dropping of Little Boy.
Naussica and the Valley of the Wind (1984)
The mushroom cloud rover Nagasaki after the dropping of Fat Man.
“A Giant Guardian?! You mean, the ones that burned the world in the Seven Days of Fire...?! “ -Mito