Set in tsarist Russia around the turn of the century and based on a true story of a Russian Jewish peasant Yakov Bok who was wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime - the "ritual murder" of a Gentile child in Kiev. We witness the unrelenting detail of the peasant-handyman's life in prison and see him gain in dignity as the efforts to humiliate him and make him confess fail. Written by
They accused him... They beat him... They condemned him... and after all that, they were more afraid of him than ever.
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The film was made in Hungary, then a Communist satellite country. The cast and crew were obliged to work six days a week under considerable pressure, and director John Frankenheimer was very unpopular. Dirk Bogarde always referred to him thereafter as "Frankenstein", whilst Ian Holm reported in his memoirs of nearly forty years later that the director had had, during filming, a very obvious extra-marital affair with the daughter of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, even though his wife, Evans Evans, was in attendance. See more
To be anti-Semitic, you first have to be anti-Christian. 'Sin the book.
Referenced in Lionpower from MGM