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Before Winter Comes (1968)

After World War II, in an Austrian camp for displaced people, an interpreter mediates between the British and the Soviets regarding the fate of various refugees.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Andrew Sinclair (screenplay), Frederick L. Keefe (based on The Interpreter by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Major Burnside
Topol ... Janovic
Anna Karina ... Maria
John Hurt ... Lieutenant Pilkington
Anthony Quayle ... Brigadier Bewley
Ori Levy ... Captain Kamenev
John Collin John Collin ... Sergeant Woody
Karel Stepanek ... Count Kerassy
Guy Deghy ... Kovacs
Mark Malicz Mark Malicz ... Komenski
Gertan Klauber Gertan Klauber ... Russian Major
Hana Maria Pravda ... Beata (as Hana-Maria Pravda)
George Innes ... Bill
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Ted
Hugh Futcher ... Joe
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Storyline

Comedy set in a refugee camp in occupied Austria after World War II. A shrewd multi-lingual interpreter who mediates between Russian and British military brass enters into a friendly rivalry with British Major Giles Burnside, who is in charge of assigning the displaced persons into either the American or Russian zones. Written by alfiehitchie

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a rare blend of picture

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Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Quiero ser libre See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Brigadier Bewley: You'll be staying in the service, of course? It's in the family. People with your background should do pretty well.
Lieutenant Pilkington: Thank you, sir. Emm, I shall be going back to University to study languages. I've been told that they are going to be most important in the new Europe.
Brigadier Bewley: Oh, yes. And in the new Army. We could use fellows like you on the staff.
Lieutenant Pilkington: Well, no sir, whatever my father might say, eh, I'm - not really cut out for fighting.
Brigadier Bewley: My dear, Pilkington, whoever joined the Army to fight?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: OCCUPIED AUSTRIA SPRING, 1945 See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Make a Man of You
(uncredited)
Music by Herman Finck
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
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Saw this film when it came out.
23 June 2012 | by lfman2002See all my reviews

When the film was released, Columbia booked it as a 2nd feature. Personally, after trying to sit through it, the studio probably should have shelved it, not necessarily for content, but because that use of flashy zooms became so difficult to sit through that I headed for the lobby more than four times.

In this instance zoom meant zooming in - cut - zoom out - zoom in-cut-zoom out all the way through the film.

The use of zoom lenses in motion pictures was a new tool for filmmakers at the time, but its application here made the film impossible to sit through, at least in a theatre. Until now, thought it had all but disappeared forever.

Not sure if time has changed any of this.


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