World War Three

WW III(1997)

World War Three is a fake historical documentary which imagines a worst-case scenario of how the Cold War might have ended had history taken a different course. Employing a massive amount of archival imagery from military training films from both East and West, fake news reports, fake interviews, public statements by real historical figures (Bush, Thatcher, Kohl, etc.) and a wide variety of other original and archival material, it is a film unlike any other, both in its making and in its use of true pictures to illustrate an alternative vision of the past. Presented as if it where actually true and involving the actual political leaders of the time, World War Three makes real the ultimate horror of the Cold War, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Two and a half years in the making, this international co-production was developed in consultation with military advisors from both NATO and the former Soviet Union. It is a realistic exploration of what might have been as it was imagined by those who were trained to fight World War Three.

16mm/Video | Color | 92 minutes


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Principal Credits:
GUIDO KNOPP: Executive Producer
ULRICH LENZE: Producer
ROBERT STONE: Director, Co-Writer
INGO HELM: Co-Writer
MATTHIAS HAEDECKER: Camera
CALEB SAMPSON & JOHN KUSIAK: Music

Distribution:
Cinecentrum, Hamburg, Germany


Reviews:

“This audacious enterprise from Robert Stone is a departure from Discovery’s usual rather stolid fair. Strangely believable, this is a remarkable exercise in original film-making and one that any channel would be proud to show.”
- TIME OUT – LONDON

“One of the most breathtaking television programs in recent years. The result is a truly ingenious forgery which shows realistically what we were spared of.”
- KLEINE ZEITUNG, GRAZ

“Exciting and brilliantly directed just like a Hollywood thriller. Yet everything is fictitious.”
- KOLNER EXPRESS


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