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Words for Battle

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Description Laurence Olivier's reading of passages from Milton, William Blake, Robert Browning, Rudyard Kipling and Abraham Lincoln accompany scenes of daily life in wartime Britain. The texts selected emphasize national identity and heritage, patriotism, and the justness of the Allied cause. "As accompaniment for a dramatic picture of Britain at war, Laurence Olivier recites famous verse and prose passages chosen to illustrate the things the British people fought for in World War II." (War Films Bulletin of the Extension Division Indiana University, February, 1943, 8.)
Creator Great Britain. Ministry of Information
Great Britain. Crown Film Unit
Contributor Laurence Olivier: narration
Date Issued 1941
Original Format 16mm print
Duration 07:54
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.K.
Geographic Coverage U.K.