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Time Capsule: 1976

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Here we have another example of all that was atrocious about the 1970s.

In an historical sense, it is positively ghastly that the following film could have been released in this country’s bicentennial year.

In a cultural sense, what other year could ever birth a not-documentary about the second world war comprising newsreel footage, propaganda footage, clips from films of that era, all set to a soundtrack of disco covers of Beatles songs and (the cherry to top the whole thing off) name the entire enterprise All This And World War II?

All This And WWII

Study that poster. Let the awfulness wash over you.

Try to wrap your brain around the concept of Frankie Laine doing a Beatles cover under WWII footage. Go ahead. Try.

Granted, the film was met with a resounding “Huh?” by the culture at large. The fact that it even got made and released is the horror of it. Well, that and the thought of three (three!!!) Beatles covers performed by Leo “You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'” Sayer.

As the review in Film Threat puts it:

Just stop for a minute and consider that: Helen Reddy singing “Fool on the Hill” to a montage of newsreel clips of Hitler. You do realize, of course, that motion pictures are created by committee and dozens of people somehow gave that idea a perpetual green light which allowed it to zoom from concept to projector. Chew on that thought.

It’s not on DVD. It’s not on VHS. It was only ever released to theaters once, then withdrawn and never shown publicly again. It’s even difficult to acquire as a bootleg. And from all I can tell, that’s a good thing.

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  1. Never mind the monstrosity of Helen Reddy singing Beatles songs, or just singing, the juxtaposition of Hitler and “fool on the hill” ought to qualify as a hate crime. The “fool on the hill, “with the eyes in his head saw the world spinning ’round” when all those around him merely saw “the sun going down”. What truth, exactly, did Herr Hitler see that others did not?
    What next? “I saw the Light” with clips of Josef Stalin?

    Windy Wilson

    27 January 2009 at 3:22 pm

  2. Yes, every single element of the film seems offensive or just plain wrong, however many factors you discount or ignore.

    Ian Michael Hamet

    28 January 2009 at 8:52 am


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