chapter  7
Films of the Second World War
ByPeter Kenez
Pages 24

All belligerent countries during the Second World War used cinema as a means of indoctrination.1 Films depicted the heroism of soldiers and civilians, attempted to increase vigilance by presenting insidious foreign spies, and they deepened hatred for the enemy by showing his atrocities. Inevitably, Soviet works of the period shared a great deal in common with propaganda efforts made in other countries. Yet, when one attempts to compare Soviet films to foreign propaganda films of the same period, one is struck by the contrasts more than by the similarities.