Desert Victory (1943)

ROY BOULTING, DAVID MacDONALD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

United Kingdom, 1943.   .  Screenplay by .  Produced by David MacDonald.  Music by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1943.

The Allied effort against Rommel in North Africa is documented in this terrific collection of footage taken during World War II.   Most documentaries made in the early forties were in the service of providing information on the war effort to audiences who had not yet reached the era of television, hence why this one feels like a long newsreel and not a film with a narrative shape or structure.  Existing prints aren’t great, but the film is interesting as research and makes a good companion to Five Graves To Cairowhich came out the same year.

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