During world war 2 a Romanian peasant of Jewish faith is arrested by the local village policeman and sent to a concentration camp. In the camp, due to a mix-up, he is deemed to be of Aryan stock and he is drafted into the Waffen SS. After the war he is detained for having been a member of the SS but he is eventually released and reunited with his family. Written by
Enjoyable film upon a naive peasant during the Second World War
The movie concerns about a marriage (Anthony Quinn and Virna Lisi) and their children living in a Romanian village .
Quinn is framed as Jewish by the constable (Gregorie Aslan) and he's punished to go to the concentration camps until he is deemed as Arian race and he's enlisted as a ¨SS¨ soldier .
The picture is based on real events , thus the collaboration of Romania and Hungary Government with the Nazis , the encroachment of Romania by Stalin's Russian troops and another happenings . Anthony Quinn interpretation is satisfying although overblown , he plays with lots of gesticulation , Virna Lisi is more appropriated.
Supporting cast is outstanding : Michael Redgrave , Serge Reggniani , Robert Beatty , Marcel Dalio , Alexander Knox , Marius Goring and special mention to Gregorie Aslan as the nasty constable.
The runtime of the picture is approx. two hours though is neither boring nor tiring but entertaining .
Henry Verneuil direction is acceptable and the musical score by George Delerue is spellbound . Flick will appeal to historical events enthusiasts and Second World War world buffs.
Rating: 6,5/10 , well worth watching
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