The True Glory
The True Glory (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.
|The True Glory|
|Directed by||Garson Kanin|
|Written by||Paddy Chayefsky|
|Produced by||Office of War Information, Ministry of Information|
|Starring||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
George S. Patton
|Music by||William Alwyn|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The documentary was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys who won it!" The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The documentary film is notable for using multiple first-person perspectives as narrative voices, somewhat in the manner of Tunisian Victory (1944). However, in The True Glory, instead of just an American G.I. and a British Tommy, the voices include a Canadian, a French resister, a Parisian civilian family, an African-American tank gunner, and several female perspectives including a nurse, and clerical staff. The film is introduced by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe. Prominent commentators include General George S. Patton; Best Actor Tony nominee and American Theatre Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame Broadway and film star Sam Levene; two-time Academy Award-winning film actor and director, Peter Ustinov, three-time Academy Award-winning playwright Paddy Chayefsky.
The title is taken from a letter of Sir Francis Drake, which is quoted in a final caption: "There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."
- "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- None credited, THE TRUE GLORY restored., UK Ministery of Information & US Office of War Information, retrieved 17 March 2020
- Bonner-Smith, D. (1950). "Drake's Prayer". The Mariner's Mirror. 36: 86–87. doi:10.1080/00253359.1950.10657582.
- Chapman, James (1996). "'The Yanks Are Shown to Such Advantage': Anglo-American rivalry in the production of 'The True Glory' (1945)". Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 16 (4): 533–554. doi:10.1080/01439689600260531.
- Krome, Frederic (1998). "The True Glory and the Failure of Anglo-American Film Propaganda in the Second World War". Journal of Contemporary History. 33 (1): 21–34. doi:10.1177/003200949803300102. JSTOR 260995. S2CID 159874874.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The True Glory.|
- The True Glory at IMDb
- The short film TRUE GLORY, THE (1945) is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- on YouTube, posted by the National Archives and Records Administration