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Feature 8.7
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Total 8.6
Distributor: ABC
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Mike Bourke

8.6


Warlords

The documentary Warlords that was just screened on ABC in Australia is based on the excellent book by Simon Berthon and Joanna Potts that takes a look into the minds of four great leaders of this time, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, and Joseph Stalin.

Although using a variety of archival footage, Warlords focuses on these four leaders and the strategies they employed by psychological profiling them and how each leader in turn pushed the other through politics and sabotage. The creators also use freshly recreated live action sequences that help give the viewer a true insight into their minds and the mind games they played on each other.

The video quality and sound quality is outstanding that mingles new and old footage plus that traditional documentary soundtrack to almost give the series a drama/thriller aspect. Truly a unique documentary series.

Part 1: Hitler vs. Stalin, August 1939 - June 1941
As World War II begins, the two most extreme proponents of totalitarian violence sign a nonaggression pact. Less than two years later, however, the nominal allies turn on each other. The seeds of Hitler's betrayal lie in his psyche: he foolishly believes that he has already won in Western Europe, and he begins to suspect a secret pact between Churchill and Stalin.

Part 2: Churchill vs. Roosevelt, May 1940 - April 1942
During the Battle of Britain, Roosevelt overcomes his long-held dislike of Churchill, inflating his promises of aid and boosting the prime minister's resolve to fight on. All the while, the U.S. President pursues his own self-interested agenda -- to defend his country from Hitler without losing American lives.

Part 3: Churchill vs. Stalin, June 1941 - June 1944
As the war grinds on, Stalin pushes his allies to accept the 1941 frontiers, ostensibly for the Soviet Union's security. Churchill, however, interprets Stalin's demands as a land grab. He urges a U.S.-British invasion from the Adriatic through the Balkans not only to attack the Nazis' "soft underbelly," but also to preempt Stalin's postwar plans.

Part 4: Roosevelt vs. Stalin, July 1944 - April 1945
Despite Stalin's ruthless duplicity in refusing to support the Polish underground's uprising in Warsaw, Roosevelt fears Churchill's Old World imperialist tendencies even more than he does apparent Soviet ambitions. The American president aims to moderate the Russian ruler's harshness and seeks compromise, not confrontation, with Stalin.






 
 



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