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World at War, The

COMES WITH a faintly ridiculous semi-mystical, hushed tones, doff-your-hat air nowadays, but still a near-flawless stab at definitive telly history, pompous LAURENCE OLIVIER narration aside. Notable for a) scary flaming opening titles b) crappy sound effects dubbed onto all those silent films of people walking about and c) being co-directed by DAVID “EUROPEAN BLUE REVIEW” ELSTEIN.



  1. Mark Dabbs

    November 15, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Most definitely the best serial documentary to try and cover the whole of the period leading up to and beyond the Second World War. Although in parts loses track of the sequential periods, benefits greatly from Sir Lawrence Oliviers narration. I am sure that it is playing right now somewhere in the world or even on the satellite channels.

  2. George White

    January 9, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Also with weird Gilliamesque animated bits

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