Martin Schulz (Paul Lukas), a German/American art dealer, returns to Germany at the outbreak of World War Two, adopts the Nazi propaganda philosophy, refuses to protect the Jewish fiancee, Griselle Eisenstein (K.T. Stevens), of his son Heinrich Schulz (Peter Van Eyck), who has stayed in America to run the family business - and ultimately falls victim to the Gestapo himself.Written by
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After his return to Germany, Martin Schulz (Paul Lukas) turns a table lamp off. The push on/off switch on the lamp is an American model that would not be in Germany or used with 220V fixtures. See more »
Lots of interesting shots, good story and a brilliant, unexpected twist
I very much dislike reviews which recount the plot of a film and reveal spoilers so all I will say is that this is a film worth actually watching rather than having it on while you are messing about with your phone or tablet. There are many cleverly shot scenes which mirror the action of the story and hint at shadows to come.
I feel that the opening scenes are very good and authentically display the friendship between Max and Martin and their families and this of course makes the story all the more powerful.
I have read the short story/book on which the film is based - it is available to borrow from the Internet Archive on line free library - and in my opinion this one if the rare occasions when the film is better than the book, largely due to the devastating end twist in the film.
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