Video Of The Week: Football & Fascism


“As some of you may have noticed, we’ve restarted the ‘Video Of The Week’ section on the site, and this week we have a particular treat for you in the form of the outstanding BBC documentary from 2003, ‘Football & Fascism’. This film traces the link between three fascist dictators of the twentieth century – Mussonlini, Hitler and Franco – and football, focussing on Mussolini’s, ahem, ‘hands on’ approach towards the 1934 World Cup finals, the importance placed upon Germany’s performances at the 1936 Olympic Games and the 1938 World Cup finals and General Franco’s use of Real Madrid to bolster his popularity in Spain.” (twohundredpercent)

The Forgotten Film of the 1938 World Cup in France
“Many of the official World Cup films are well-known and widely available, such as the classic 1966 movie Goal! and the Michael Caine narrated Hero from 1986. The official FIFA Films page lists 15 World Cup films from 1930 to 2006, all available on DVD. The first World Cup in 1930 has retroactively been given an official film recently made from archive footage, but there is nothing listed for 1934, 1938 or 1950, so we presume the first official World Cup film was commissioned in 1954.” (Pitch Invasion)

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