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Famous orchestra conductor is captured by the Germans in WW2, is forced to put on private concerts for the Nazi generals.

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Lionel Evans
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Gen. Schiller
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Annabelle Rice
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Victor Rice
Anton Diffring ...
Col. Arndt
Linden Chiles ...
Lt. Long
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Sgt. Calloway
Curt Lowens ...
Capt. Klingermann
Neva Patterson ...
Dorothy
Cyril Delevanti ...
Tartzoff
Gregory Morton ...
Jordon
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Hook
Dan Frazer ...
Chaminant
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Prescott
Ralph Nelson ...
Belgian officer
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Famous orchestra conductor is captured by the Germans in WW2, is forced to put on private concerts for the Nazi generals.

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20 October 1967 (West Germany)  »

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The Battle Horns  »

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Symphony N°1
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Music by Johannes Brahms
Conducted by Lawrence Foster
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Conductor Charlton Heston vs. Nazi general Maximilian Schell in a battle of wits
15 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good copies of this movie are hard to find. I made my first one by blipping out a full screen TV showing. Color was washed out. The one I now have came from the internet. It's widescreen and color is tolerable. It seems to have come from a foreign showing because there are just a very few subtitle symbols that were not and could not be removed by whoever created this copy. It was a good watch.

It's a somewhat far-fetched story but it's very attractive and holds together splendidly. It has a wonderful mixture of tensions. The acting is first rate. There are such tensions as between Nazi general (Schell) and his subordinate (Anton Diffring), between Heston and Schell of course, between Heston and his former lover (Kathyrn Hays), and between the Nazis and people trying to escape their deaths. There is time pressure, on both the orchestra members captured and on the Nazis, as the Allies move closer. Schell is under pressure to get fuel. There are leaks of information to the Nazis. The orchestra members are pressured by the presence of two escaped American soldiers. There is even tension between the music of Brahms and Wagner. And all of this is combined seamlessly.

The heart of it is the conflict between Heston and Schell. Schell wants a command performance and Heston refuses, because it means that he and every orchestra member is no longer a detainee but a POW.

Heston and Schell are strong performers and equally matched. They of course out-power everyone else as the leads and because their characters are leaders, but the rest of the cast are no slouches, down to the smaller parts.

One of the more interesting aspects of the film is the motivations of Schell and Diffring.

Good film, long overdue for a DVD release.


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