Top positive review
on 12 September 2017
The TWO star reviewer has this to say about “The Man in the White Suite”: “Unfortunately, this film is really showing its age by being barely amusing and with a rather feeble and pathetic story line.”
Pathetic? Hardly that, I would have thought. Amusing, as may be, but the massage/messages (for there is more than one message, surely?) from this film are ageless. Jobs, jobs, jobs and the machinery behind it all, namely, big business.
So take heart all those in the killing industry, from ground troops to fighter pilots, from bullet manufacturers to H-bombs, business needs the ball to be kept rolling and so conflict will rage on until the planet becomes uninhabitable.
An officer interrogating Dr Maurice Wylie in a tent on the battlefield:
'They no longer look to us—they start searching around for this saviour who is supposed to appear. Christ, do they mean Christ? Tell me, what do you think?!'
The wind had got up and the walls of the tent began to flap noisily.
'I don't think we can hope for much from that quarter. As a race we have abandoned all the tenets given to us. The nuclear weapon was the last straw, I would have said.'
'But we haven't used it. Perhaps if we had.'
'It has been used, as a weapon . . .'
'Not as a deterrent, though. As a deterrent it is supposed to work. So, why haven't they used it?'
'Why ask me?'
'You are intelligence. Intelligence is the nerve structure for the deployment of military strategy. You have let us down.'
'Not you alone, your organization. We thought you were above corruption. When all is corrupt, what place is there for the honest soldier? We have been duped. We are all fools, all of us.'
From: Synthesis—Microcosms of Tragedy—Part IV, The Transit Camp.