Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury their tormentors they find alive. Then they are... See full summary »
Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury their tormentors they find alive. Then they are herded into other camps as the Allies try to devise policy to control the situation. A young poet who cannot quite find himself in this new situation, meets a headstrong Jewish young girl who wants him to run off with her, to the West. He cannot cope with her growing demands for affection, while still harboring the hatred for the Germans and disdain for his fellow men who quickly revert to petty enmities. Written by
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The opening scenes are pure cinematic ballet as the War prisoners celebrate their freedom from the German camps with the arrival of the Americans. The story then bogs down as we follow one of the prisoners, Taeusz, (Olbrychski), a poet who has emotionally cut himself off from the mayhem around him by dwelling into books and food. The Americans decide to keep the Polish prisoners caged until they know what to do with them. Nina enters the camp and edges Taeusz on to open his eyes but he refuses to take any risks. Only later does he become aware but by this stage it is too late. There are important topics brought up here via Taeusz but never in any cinematic brilliance. Instead we get a lot of talk and the occasional visual brilliance but not enough to keep the viewer interested.
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