I am surprised that no one has commented it. This film was released by MGM in the USA, and also starring Broderick Crawford, here at his best.
Set in Italy, the story takes place in this very country, during WW2, where German occupation army ruled everything, just before the allied forces came, in 1944. Crawford plays here a doctor whose son has been shot by the Germans. Of course he has no more taste in life. He continues his work as a German officers' physician. One day, he throws a bomb just in the middle of German troops. Many soldiers and officers are killed. Some time later, the lead officer of the Nazis troops suspects the doctor to be the responsible of the explosion. He lets him know that he himself knows...Follow me?
That's here where the film becomes very interesting. The study of characters is awesome, Crawford terrific. Especially when the German officers takes many hostages in order to incite the bomb thrower to give himself up.
So the question is: Will Crawford give himself up or not?
The underworld chief, who is also Crawford's friend, is against his friend's surrender. Because he already knows that the Nazis will torture Crawford about his underworld "relationships"...
A very gripping movie, but also so depressing. Downbeat at the most. American studios would have never made such a film. Only released it, because Crawford's presence in this lost gem from Europe.
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