Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

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Apocalypse: The Second World War (TV Series 2009–2009)
Apocalypse: La 2ème guerre mondiale (original title)

Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war correspondents, soldiers, resistance fighters and private citizens. The series is shown in color, with the black and white footage being fully colorized, save for some original color footage. The only exception to the treatment are most Holocaust scenes, which are presented in the original black and white.
France
IMDb   9 /10
TheMovieDb    8.3 /10
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FilmAffinity   8.6 /10
Creators
Creator Isabelle Clarke
Creator Daniel Costelle
Information
Release Date2009-09-08
Runtime5h 12min
GenreDocumentary, History, War
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
AwardsTop rated TV #41 | See the Top 250 TV shows as rated by IMDb users
CompanyCC&C Clarke Costelle & Cie, Établissement de Communication et de Production Audiovisuelle de la Défense (ECPAD), NHK
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Narratoras Narrator
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Apocalypse: The Second World War

Apocalypse: The Second World War (French: Apocalypse, la 2e Guerre mondiale) (2009) is a six-part French documentary by Daniel Costelle and Isabelle Clarke about the Second World War. The music of the documentary was composed by Kenji Kawai.

The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war correspondents, soldiers, resistance fighters and private citizens. The series is shown in color, with the black-and-white footage being fully colorized, save for some original color footage. The only exception to the treatment are most Holocaust scenes, which are presented in the original black and white.

It was first aired in 2009 from August 20 and 27 and September 3 on the French-speaking Belgian RTBF then on August 23 and 30 and September 6 on the French-speaking Swiss TSR and finally on September 8 to September 22 on France 2 channel. It was narrated in French by actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz. The documentary was shown on the Smithsonian Channel in the United States, where it was narrated by actor Martin Sheen, on the National Geographic Channel and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, where it was narrated by actor Jonathan Booth, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Romania and Asia, on YLE Teema in Finland, on Rete 4 in Italy, on IBA, the national public channel in Israel, on RTP2, the national public channel in Portugal, and on La 2, the national public channel in Spain.


Depictions

The documentary includes a series of portraits of the main leaders of World War II.

Germans

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Hermann Göring
  • Konstantin von Neurath
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • Rudolf Hess
  • Joseph Goebbels
  • Martin Bormann
  • Heinrich Himmler
  • Reinhard Heydrich
  • Albert Speer
  • Eva Braun
  • Magda Goebbels
  • Karl Dönitz
  • Wilhelm Keitel
  • Fedor von Bock
  • Heinz Guderian
  • Friedrich Paulus
  • Erwin Rommel
  • Erich von Manstein
  • Walther von Brauchitsch

French

  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque
  • Philippe Pétain
  • Paul Reynaud
  • Maurice Gamelin
  • Maxime Weygand
  • Henri Giraud
  • Albert Lebrun
  • Jean de Lattre de Tassigny
  • Charles Huntziger
  • Émile Muselier

British

  • Neville Chamberlain
  • Winston Churchill
  • Bernard Montgomery
  • Arthur Harris

Americans

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • Chester Nimitz
  • George Patton
  • Charles A. Lindbergh
  • Henry Ford
  • Joseph P. Kennedy
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Harry S. Truman

Soviets

  • Joseph Stalin
  • Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Georgy Zhukov
  • Lavrentiy Beria
  • Semyon Timoshenko
  • Nikita Khrushchev
  • Andrey Vlasov

Italians

  • Benito Mussolini
  • Galeazzo Ciano

Japanese

  • Hirohito
  • Hideki Tōjō
  • Tomoyuki Yamashita
  • Isoroku Yamamoto

Chinese

  • Chiang Kai-shek

Some of the people documented in the series:

  • Rose Gowlland – A British child who was a year old when the war broke out.
  • Gaston Sirec – A French truck driver who was imprisoned in a stalag when the Germans defeated France.
  • Lt. August Graf Kageneck – A German Tank commander who personifies a typical Wehrmacht soldier as he writes in his journal or to his mother.