The Letterboxd Season Challenge 2017-18
Week 5: Five Came Back Week
Here’s something I absolutely did not expect: a direct quote from the Quran being used in a World War 2 propaganda film as evidence of America’s atmosphere of freedom and acceptance. I wonder how many conservative, bigoted politicians would feel about this......
Prelude to War is cinematic, frantic, explicit and finely-tuned. I actually learned a few things about World War 2 prior to America’s involvement, specifically the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and Italy’s war with Ethiopia. Propaganda films should always be watched with a grain of salt, of course, and at one point the Japanese are collectively described as “buck-toothed.”
This film, as well as the others streaming on Netflix in conjunction with Five Came Back, is both a fascinating artifact and a stark reminder to know one’s history. World War 2 may be in the past, but its causes are evergreen.