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The Unknown War

"Rare archival footage, culled from 3.5 million feet of film, is the big hook here."
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The epic World War II series from the Soviet perspective

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Year: 1978
Runtime: 990 mins
Genre: Documentary

The Unknown War is a landmark television documentary series about the Soviet struggle against — and ultimate victory over — the Nazi war machine. Hosted and narrated by Academy Award®–winner Burt Lancaster, this sprawling series features rare and stunning footage recorded by Soviet camera crews on the front lines, most of it unseen since its original broadcast 30 years ago. From the June 22, 1941, invasion of the Soviet Union to the Russians’ victorious march into Berlin in 1945, the devastating battles in the air, at sea and on land are detailed with astonishing images. These stories of heroism, savagery and suffering from what the Russians call “The Great Patriotic War” will shed new light... More »

Special Features
  • Interview with writer, performer and composer Rod McKuen who adapted the screenplay and composed the musical score
  • Analysis by Willard Sunderland, associate professor of Russian History at the University of Cincinnati
  • Booklet

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