Battle of Russia, The (1943): Fifth Film of Capra’s Why We Fight

The Battle of Russia, the fifth (and the longest) film of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight documentary series, consisted of two parts.

Photo: Frank Capra

The film was made in collaboration with Russian-born Anatole Litvak as primary director under Capra’s supervision.

Litvak gave the film its “shape and orientation,” and the film had seven writers with voice narration by Walter Huston.

The score was done by Russian-born Hollywood composer, Dimitri Tiomkin, drawing heavily on Tchaikovsky and traditional Russian folk music.

The film’s appeal went beyond the military audience for which it was initially intended.

It was the second in the series to be nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar.