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Propaganda: The Battle for Hearts and Minds
Mobilizing the population to contribute to the war effort was a battle in itself requiring a special weapon: propaganda. Selective information and carefully controlled messages influenced people and got them to believe in the war. Propaganda also recruited soldiers and female workers, and even promoted measures such as rationing.
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Food: Secret of the Peace
1945, director: Stuart Legg
Critical food shortages in the war's aftermath posed a...
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Train Busters
1944, director: Sydney Newman
An Allied bombing raid on Nazi transport links is...
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Corvette Port Arthur
1943, director: Joris Ivens
Corvettes, ships closely identified with Canada's wartime...
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Filmed interview with a specialist
Harry Cambpell talks about the distribution of propaganda films produced by the NFB during WWII.

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Article by a specialist Cinema in aid of the war effort
Catherine Saouter, author and professor of Visual Communications, explains the context and strategies of the propaganda films produced by the NFB during the Second World War.

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« Car ton bras sait porter l'épée »
This highly dramatic poster took the third line of the national anthem "O Canada," to hit...
The National Film Board presents free movies
The National Film Board of Canada travelled all over the country with free screenings of...
L'Office national du film présente du cinéma gratuit
To attract large numbers of people, the NFB screened the widest possible variety of films....
Interested Citizens Read a French Poster Announcing a Free Screening of NFB Films
Starting in 1942, the NFB set up tours of travelling projectionists, who took portable...
Speech by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler
Chancellor Adolf Hitler giving a propaganda speech to a crowd chanting Sieg Heil in...
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