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Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

1943 / 83min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: FRANK CAPRA & ANATOLE LITVAK

With the war on, Frank Capra and Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall cooked up the Why We Fight films as a belated American counterpoint to powerful Axis propaganda. The fifth film in the series, co-directed with a likewise-uncredited Anatole Litvak, The Battle of Russia endeavored to show the struggle of the Soviets against Nazi invasion, from the brutal Siege of Leningrad to the morale-boosting Battle of Stalingrad.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding from the Packard Humanities Institute.