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Episode 109: Why We Fight: Prelude to War

Why We Fight: Prelude to War

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.


There are seven of these 1940s era US propaganda movies available on Netflix and we were fortunate to randomly land on the first in the series, Prelude to War. This is probably the most unique movie we have ever reviewed because it is neither entertainment nor factually-accurate documentary. This is straight up the United States Government telling you what to think about the Axis Powers to get you fired up about fighting the war! In hindsight, I of course do not see anything wrong with films like Prelude to War being distributed to get the entire country unified behind the war effort. There were some seriously evil dudes that needed to be wiped out and the movie perfectly outlines why Americans are the ones to do it. That said, Prelude to War is an amusing watch 75 years later. There are obvious inaccuracies peppered in to film such as mistranslations and major assumptions about the Axis powers' intent that were thrown in that seem silly compared to what was actually happening in Europe, the worst genocide in history. The film spends so much time convincing you that the sun doesn't shine in the Godless wastelands of Europe and Japan when the truth was so much worse. If you're the historically curious type, give the series a go. After the news, we're rambling about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Next week, you haven't heard enough opinion pieces about Stranger Things so get ready for another edition of Channel Surfing.

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