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As war stretches across Europe, America tries to stay neutral-until the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Relive the entire year through authentic newsreels. 2001/b&w/3 hrs., 30 min/NR.
A varied collection of vintage newsreel clips, audio material, and even movie trailers documents 1941, a year in which America tried to focus on a spectacular baseball season though entry into World War II would prove to be inevitable. The Movietone newsreel footage assembled in this collection contains lighthearted segments on the crowning of a new Miss America, a cotton picking contest, a motorboat show, and the New York Yankees defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. But the war news dominates. Dramatic footage shows damage from German air raids over London, including scenes of bomb damage on the famed clock Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the House of Commons. The biggest news event of 1941 was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and as it happened a Movietone cameraman was at the naval base to film the fleet. His footage, which was first approved by government authorities, is remarkable, showing the battleship Arizona as it burned after being bombed. An audio portion of the disc (still images are shown onscreen while it plays) contains live broadcasts by the bands of Harry James and Glenn Miller, and news broadcasts, including the entire "date which will live in infamy" speech President Roosevelt delivered before Congress following the Pearl Harbor attack. A collection of five movie trailers from 1941, including an unusual and innovative trailer for Citizen Kane, completes an informative and entertaining look at a remarkable year. --Robert J. McNamara
it was what i was looking for in my memory of that year ; thanks dalePublished 5 months ago by Dale L Hilk
sometimes it is very interesting to go back in time and understand what was going on at different time of lifePublished on April 18, 2013 by Michael D.
I bought this to play during my parents' 50th wedding anniversary party in June 2012. Afterward I gave the DVD to them to keep so they could remember highlights from their special... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Robin