Written and directed by: Jascha Hannover
Cinematography: Andy Lehmann
Film Editor: Fritz Busse
Music: Jannis Hannover and Julis Richter
Producer: André Schäfer (Florianfilm GmbH)
The US military had fewer than half a million troops in 1939. That number rose to over 12 million by the end of the war. Among the many new conscripts were some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors, including Frank Capra and Jewish emigres Billy Wilder and William Wyler. Too old to fight, they used their talent to produce documentaries and propaganda movies. The documentary tells the little-known story of how an industry built on entertainment and escapism helped win a deadly, vicious war.