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They Filmed the War in Colour

Synopsis
This DVD features two feature-length documentary films, using only rare colour footage shot during the Second World War which offers a new and vivid perspective on the conflict. Using footage from public archives as well as private collections, the films are accompanied by an expert narrative that reveals, in many instances, background information on how this extraordinary footage came to be filmed, and why.

THE PACIFIC WAR - Much of the most spectacular and truly memorable colour footage of the Second World War was filmed in the Pacific Theatre. From John Ford’s failed film recreation of Pearl Harbor to the surrender of Japan, this film covers many of the pivotal moments of the Pacific War on land, sea and in the air. Colour sequences include action from Midway Island and the Battle of Midway, Tarawa, Saipan, the Mariana’s ‘Turkey Shoot’, the Burma Road, New Guinea, Burma and Okinawa.

FRANCE IS FREE!: This 90-minute documentary sweeps from colour images of pre-war France through footage of the German Blitzkrieg of 1940 secretly filmed by Wehrmacht soldiers right up until the end of the war. Along the way colour film captures German marching bands and off duty soldiers in the streets of occupied Paris, war in French Colonial Algeria, coverage of D-Day and the Allied advance through France and the invasion of Southern France. it also includes amateur films of D-Day and dramatic footage of the liberation of Marseilles, Paris and Lyon.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Notes
THE PACIFIC WAR is also available for free online viewing or download from Teachers TV http://www.teachers.tv/video/37529
Subjects
Film studies; History
Keywords
archive films; news reporting; World War II

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£16.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2010

Distributor

Name

Teachers’ TV

Email
info@teachers.tv
Web
http://www.teachers.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7182 7430
Address
6-18 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LN
Notes
Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/teacherstv

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

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