this happy life

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Made as World War II wore on, This Happy Life is pure wartime propaganda, but of an unusual sort. There’s little, if any, militarist feeling expressed – although the most sympathetic character preaches the joys of German cuisine. Rather, the film’s mission is to instruct the home front, in great detail, on how to make do with the odd scraps of food and supplies available, and to demonstrate in various ways that people can be happy no matter what straitened circumstances they find themselves in

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