I first was very enjoyed by the beginning of this episode, which takes place in a communist country - at least we can guess so, a country where authorities fight against religion - and where a master prosecutor - played here by David Niven himself - some kind of master inquisitor of the new age, a witch finder general, intends to torture a poor man. A man he wants him to tell the names of the people against the regime. The first scenes are exquisite, where Niven explains the poor man the mechanism of pain. EXQUISITE, and so surprising. The prosecutor teaches his victim how his journey into pain will make him eventually talk. Niven is supposed to be the lead. What a lead !!!
And his character is unusual too. The "witchfinder" is married with a beautiful mute girl. You can appreciate the difference between the evil prosecutor and the gentle husband. EXQUISITE, I tell you. Worth see.
But Niven finally fails in his purpose, to make the victim talk. And he understands why. The poor man is a true believer. The answer to his courage is GOD...
That's her where the story suddenly becomes boring, flat, and foreseeable. Niven has to explains to his superiors why he failed in his mission. So, as you can guess, he will find the "interior" way to find his true path.
He will believe in GOD too.
What a shame to have such an ending.
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