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Brainwashed (1960)

Schachnovelle (original title)
In 1938 Austria shortly after the Nazi occupation, a prominent Viennese intellectual, Werner von Basil, is arrested for smuggling art treatures out of the country and imprisoned by the ... See full summary »

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Werner von Basil
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Irene Andreny
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Hans Berger
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Albert Bessler ...
Scientist
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Hotel Manager
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Mac Iver
Jan Hendriks ...
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Hartmann
Harald Maresch ...
Ballet Master
Dietmar Schönherr ...
Rabbi
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Baranow
Wolfgang Wahl ...
Moonface
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Bishop Ambrosse
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In 1938 Austria shortly after the Nazi occupation, a prominent Viennese intellectual, Werner von Basil, is arrested for smuggling art treatures out of the country and imprisoned by the Gestapo in a hotel room without any mental sustence of any kind to break him down to make him talk while a young ballerina, named Irene Adreny whom is the lover of the SS officer Berger playing mind games on von Basil, tries to intervene and help the poor intellectual keep his mind intact. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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25 June 1961 (USA)  »

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(Klangfilm Eurocord)

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1.37 : 1
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Version of Královská hra (1980) See more »

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A splendid, cerebral film!
3 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film, even better and darker than Stefan Zweig's short story upon which it is based.

It moves along at a leisurely pace by contemporary standards, which makes it all the better by providing a good sense of context for recently Nazi-occupied Austria. It Imparts an atmosphere of anxious apprehension and quiet desperation as poor Curd Jurgens struggles to hold onto his sanity while in solitary confinement, deprived of all stimuli.

Recommended for film buffs and chess players alike.


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