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The story, as it developes, has already been told by other reviewers.
Unfortunately this film falls down on several points fairly obvious to anyone with an interest in WWII. Most ridiculous are the events after the crash, when the concentration camp inmate Viktor switches clothes with SS officer Rudi while the latter lies wounded. A German patrol arrive, take care of the two survivors - and the fake SS officer Viktor is next seen in an office with Rudi his prisoner! Now the matter of who is really who arises, and the one way of finding out is apparently to inspect the prisoner's private parts. Unfortunately for Rudi, he was circumcised for health reasons as a child and this is now taken as proof that he really is the Jewish prisoner. Funnily enough Rudi does not think of showing them his left arm, where every SS man had his blood group tattooed. That would have settled the matter in an instant. Instead he goes back to his cell and Viktor continues to play an SS officer for a long time, this segment being a fairly important part of the film. Apparently the filmmakers believe that any civilian outsider could just walk into an SS Headquarters, find an office and begin work inside that organisation without arousing any suspicion at all, as long as he had the right uniform! At that point, I dismissed the story as complete nonsense.
Another anomally is that the Luftwaffe courier aircraft involved in the crash in 1943 carries the pre-1934 markings of civil airline Lufthansa. Neither has the costume designer done much period checking, resulting in some rather strange uniforms. In earlier years, war films often used a military advisor or consultant to get facts right. Nowadays this former important role seems to be deemed unneccesary, resulting in mishmash like this film.
Leaving the factual aspects aside - and many more could have been mentioned - even the missing centrepiece here, the priceless Michelangelo drawing, becomes a joke. By the time its hiding place is finally revealed at the end of the film, any reasonably intelligent viewer will have long since guessed it!
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2012 09:17:27 BDT
Lux Fan says:
Thank you for the review. I think it's one I'll miss. I'm starting to get quite irritated at distributors repackaging films with completely irrelevant or misleading jackets. I see that IMDB lists the film as a comedy!
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I wouldn't call it a comedy, but it is certainly played for laughs quite frequently. I actually rather enjoyed it once I had suspended thought... regarding the reality of the subject matter and watched it purely for what it was, which, from my perspective is essentially a film portraying double cross and greed, portrayed rather well actually.
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