The Great Patriotic War (review)
- Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies
- Center for the Study of Film and History
- Volume 2, Number 4, December 1972
- p. 95
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the situation will change and with it the chance for early victory. Patton's attitude is clearly expressed. He had told Bradley that the men could eat their belts but his tanks needed gas. Patton informed him that he could win his "Goddamn" war ifhe had the gas. Historians have differed on this point. However, before his death, Sir Basil Liddell Hart, the dean of military historians, wrote that the German generals had assured him that had Montgomery moved more quickly, and had he used the American First Army in a more effective way, the German position would have become untenable and the war ended in 1944. Once Montgomery failed, the best chance for victory in 1944, Liddell Hart wrote, was to give Patton the gas he needed. The failure to win in September 1944 allowed the Germans to mount their attack in the Ardennes, which resulted in the Battle of the Bulge. During this battle, Patton accomplished what was considered impossible. In the midst ofwinter, amidst horrible weather, he pulled his forces out of combat, moved them 100 miles parallel to their original front, and threw them into battle without rest. As the movie correctly shows, it was a great military feat and Patton deserves full credit for the maneuver. Despite this last great battle and his rush across Germany, Patton died in 1945 not sure of his place in history. He was removed from his command because of his anti-Russian sentiments, all too often voiced, and in the end it would appear he wanted to start a war with the Russians. All of this comes across in the film, where it appears the writers stayed primarily with Ladislas Farago's biography of Patton. Despite the telescoping of some events, which produced changes in time and space, the film is essentially an accurate portrayal of Patton and the events he participated in. The casting, especially that of Scott in the title role and Karl Maiden as Bradley, is perfect. The movie cannot be classed as a documentary, but neither can it be called fiction; it lies somewhere in between. Films for the Classroom The Great Patriotic War (The UN Mission from the USSR, 1960) 3. Hrs. b&w This film is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen on World War ?. While it was produced by a nation, which has been known for its heavy propaganda productions, this film is notable for its lack of propaganda. It presents a straight-forward history of the war from the Russian side. Other countries participation in the war is touched upon but the accent is understandably Russian. There is much to be said about this film, e.g. the treatment of the partisan activity, the position of Stalin, the masterful depictation ofNazi atrocities and the almost at times compassion shown for the persons who suffered at the hands ofthe Nazis. It is an excellent film. (Course, Western Civilization) John T. Reilly, Wilmington College, New Castle, Delaware Map of the USSR (USSR Government Film, 1971) 50-min. color This film presents an excellent introduction to the geography, demography, industry, agriculture , and many other aspects of contemporary life in the Soviet Union. In beautiful color and combining the most modern ofcinemagraphic techniques, it provides a balanced overview ofthe diverse 95 ...