During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his remote 10th Century castle hoping a battle there against the advancing Germans will not lead to its destruction and all the heritage within.
Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces.Written by
Jim Sadur <email@example.com>
I was introduced to this film a few years after it's making. It was, as many previous reviewers have mentioned, a far from stereotypical portrayal of war! As one who was born immediately after the war, and subsequently raised on the real horror of that event, I was captivated by the lack of "Hollywood" in the production. I will always remember the scenes in the bakery. Whatever the horror of the immediate environment the need to survive and maintain our basic needs transcends the bestiality of the moment. The person that introduced me to the film had had some correspondence with the Director. He was reportedly bemused by his enthusiasm! I think he'd made a masterpiece?
Personally I would suggest that the 'subtlety' of it's observation of it's subject matter in the era of `The Green Beret' will make it a viewing `must' for followers of the genre for decades to come!
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