Mr. Capra Goes To War: Frank Capra's World War II Documentaries

color & b/w. 310+ min. Olive Films. 1942-45. DVD UPC 887090141819. $24.95; Blu-ray UPC 887090141918. $29.95.
Far from the "Capra-corn" features (It's a Wonderful Life; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) associated with the legendary director, this collection of wartime indoctrination films—Prelude to War, The Battle of Russia (Pts. 1 & 2), The Negro Soldier, Tunisian Victory, Your Job in Germany—offers time-capsule material given astute perspective by film scholar/biographer Joseph McBride. While not up to the level of Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, these short films demonstrate the pivotal role of propaganda in mobilizing public support.

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