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The Profession of Arms

(Le M├ętier des armes)

Year: 1983
Language: English
Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 57 min
Director: Michael Bryans, Tina Viljoen
Producer: John Kramer, William Brind, Michael Bryans, Tina Viljoen
Executive Producer: Barrie Howells
Writer: Gwynne Dyer
Cinematographer: Susan Trow, Savas Kalogeras, Douglas Kiefer, Andy Kitzanuk, Paul Cowan, Kent Nason
Editor: Tina Viljoen
Sound: Jacques Drouin, Hans Oomes, Yves Gendron, Jean-Pierre Joutel, John Knight, Adrian Croll, Bev Davidson, Art McKay, Raymond Marcoux
Music: Larry Crosley
Cast: Gwynne Dyer
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

The Profession of Arms is the third segment of the seven-part National Film Board series entitled War, hosted by journalist and military historian Gwynne Dyer. The film examines the nature, evolution and consequences of modern warfare through extraordinarily frank interviews with career officers from six countries. These men – including officers from the Canadian, American, Russian and Israeli forces – recount their combat experiences, describe how they come to terms with the demands of their job and explain how sophisticated technology is changing the nature of their profession. The Profession of Arms received an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature.