The World at War (1973) - Documentary, History, War

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A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

IMDB: 9.2
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden
Length: 52 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-PG
Reviews: 2 out of 81 found boring (2.46%)

One-line Reviews (29)

The theme and opening titles are unexpected and make a terrific impact upon the viewer, coming as they do after a low-keyed prologue narrated by Laurence Olivier.

I feel it is an irony of immense magnitude that it took an event which caused the death of 50 million people to produce such a compelling and excellent series such as this.

The BBC used the tried & tested formula to engage a Shakespearean actor as a focal point to deliver a colorful, (hopefully) gripping narration to the same sad old story.

Through the use of stunning footage from the era, World At War captures the attention and never lets go.

A stunning documentary about world war 2 .

The passage of thirty years allows the telling to be backed up by an impressive and fascinating panoply of the very individuals involved, ranging from some of the highest military and political figures down to the field soldiers, civilians, and such survivors of the death camps as have remained to bear witness to the unimaginable inhumanities of which civilized humans are capable.

I'm quite disappointed with this series - it has no proper time line, there's hardly anything new for someone who has watched some decent documentaries over the years, Olivier sounds bored (and bores me, too), factual narrative is left out in favor of adding "mood" to the film - an overflow of redundancy (and artsy pretensions?

"The World at War" stands as a crowning achievement dealing with a fascinating if horrific subject, the history of the human race nearly annihilating itself.

Narration by Laurence Olivier is compelling and film footage makes this series the definitive WWII documentary.

Through every minute of this collections amazingly detailed, outstanding and highly fascinating summary of the Second World War, the most prevalent thought that stuck in my head was how glad I was that SOMEONE was able to capture and document this while the events, and experiences were so fresh everybodys minds.

Powerful and evocative.

Made less than 30 years after the war, there are many interviews with eyewitnesses, giving such compelling human stories and accounts.

Throughout the series the creators display a great collection (footage, speeches, images) of war propaganda from all the countries involved.

The information included also makes the episodes memorable and entertaining.

The most compelling documentary series ever made concerning war.

it was in my view,and i still believe this today,the most powerful,well written and engrossing documentary series ever made.

From Olivier's measured delivery, through the script and editing work, the interviews with protagonists and survivors alike, even through to the evocative music and credits, this series is a masterpiece.

This is a truly stunning piece of work.

Still, it's long, it's extensive - worth watching.

The deep baritone voice narration keeps the whole thing compelling, albeit some times difficult to watch/grasp to do the nature.

An invaluable historical work that includes interviews with some of the most important and fascinating figures from the war.

If some of this time had been properly used, it might have been fascinating.

I highly recommend it as a learning experience.

I first saw it as a young boy living in England, and it made a huge impression on me, from the great video and incredible theme music, to the riveting narration from perhaps the greatest speaking voice ever,namely Lawrence Olivier.

After watching many, some of them quite interesting and compelling then recently getting the Blue Ray version of this series, it's obvious the "The World at War" is the definitive series of the genre.

Furthermore - there is another deliberate confusion of events in this film: Truman's ultimatum was delivered on July 26.

The whole series is over 20 episodes long, and Sir Lawrence Olivier is the narrator and tells a stunning story of war.

Overall a fascinating look at WWII and a must see for any serious WWII historian professional or personal alike.

His designs begin near his own borders, first absorbing Austria into the German empire, and then France to the west and Czechoslovakia and Poland to the east.