People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.Written by
This movie was released twelve years after its source novel of the same name was published. See more »
At c. 87 minutes there is a shot of the village band accompanying the festivities. Amongst those playing are a bagpipe player and a folk-violinist, neither of which are heard on the soundtrack. See more »
It's a mystery why this film is not better known. It has a magnificent cast; a fascinating setting, a fine script and it is superbly filmed in its European locations. As a microcosm of European society at the time of the 30 Years War it is impressively erudite, yet it is also a highly accessible epic drama, even if you are not particularly interested in the historical background.
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