Without the advent of the medium of film to wage a war of propaganda both the Axis and
the Allies of World War II would have found it difficult to gather as much support for
their causes as they did. Guns, tanks and bombs were the principal weapons of World
War II, but there were other, more subtle, forms of warfare as well. Words, posters, and
films waged a constant battle for the hearts and
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film is without question the most powerful. The
written and spoken word depend entirely on the content or on the emotional appeal of the
speaker, but film uses pictures, pictures that for eighty years have been accompanied by
sound. We know that the impact of a message is greater if it is less abstract, more visual.
That makes it clear why film, with its series of continually moving images, must have a
particular persuasive force.