Germany's. Past and Present on the screen
By HERBERT G. LUFT
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, September 16, 1966-53
of the common soldier caught in
the whirlpool of National-Socialism.
Kirst's "The Officer Factory" ex-
poses the • rotten hierarchy of
Hitler's army, and his prophetic
"The Seventh Day" warns us that,
the strengthened "Fourth" Reich
may bring atomic war and the de-
struction of world civilization.
The scope of "The Night of the
Generals," on the surface, is much
more limited. The novel basically
deals with . a sex killer who is
a p p r eh end e d after 14 years
of sadistically murdering prosti-
tutes very much in the style of
"Jack The Ripper." Yet, German
author Kirst feels compelled to
comment that the fiend was the
sort of a hero whom only the
Third Reich could have produced.
The novel is an indictment of a
decayed clique of high officers,
debased and perverted, riding on
the crest of conquests and foreign
exploits until the downfall of the
war machinery causes the con-
spiracy of July 20, 1944, the Night
of the Long Knives, of the dis-
Lt.-Gen. Wilhelm Tanz, com-
mander of the SS Nibelungen
Division, a career officer rising
from the ranks of the "Freikorps,"
to the author symbolizes the Prus-
sian spirit of the fearless warrior time is today and the story as
who sees only two alternatives timely as the headlines of the fall
HOLLYWOOD--"The Night . of
for himself, a cross on his chest of 1966. The renaissance of the
the Generals." the Samuel Spiegel
or another one over his grave. A National Socialist Party of Adolf
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epic which has been in procluc-
career of organized mass murder Hitler has its real-life counterpart
tion for more than five months,
has destroyed the general's in- in a splinter party with all the
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is based on the novel by German
hibitions and activated his latent ideological trappings of the old
author Hans Hellmut Kirst, whose
killer instinct, triggering his path- NSDAP (Nazi) organization,
"Gunner Asch" trilogy was a best-
ological desire to cut up the bodies
seller in 20 languages and
of women who had been the ob- hold a national rally in the city
gained Kirst -a reputation as a
jects of his degenerated passion.
of Karlsruhe in the near future.
fierce critic of the Prussian mili-
Anatole Litvak, famed for his During the last national election, 1
tary of yesterday and today. While
"Mayerling," "D e c i s i on Before they drew a frightening 600,000
"Gunner Asch" shows us the fate
Dawn," "Anastasia" and "The votes, approximately 8 per cent of I
Journey," directed the picture on the total ballot, not enough to elect
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enough votes to win city councils
Gore Vidal who wrote the and mayoralties in smaller provin-
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screenplay to the Spiegel-Litvak cial cities, chiefly in Bavaria, Han-
epic is also the co-author with nover and Schleswig-Holstein.
Francis Ford Coppola of a more
"The Quiller Memorandum"
conventional anti-Nazi yarn, "Is deals with such a movement ap-
Paris Burning?" from the novel
pealing to the Fuehrer-PrinziP of
by Larry Collins and Dominique
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the German Untertan, who in
Lapierre, -which recounts events
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reality rallies to the grave site
in Paris of August 1944, when the
citizenry. rose up in arms and
the Allies to pay homage to their
routed the German Wehrmacht
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after five days of street fighting.
The new leader, in the scenario,
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The late Paul Graetz produced the
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is called "Oktober," addressed as
still unreleased picture last year
Bring the Family
in Paris, with Rene Clement di- "Reichsfuehrer" and portrayed. by
Swedish thespian Max von Sydow
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recting and Charles Boyer por-
who made his Hollywood debut as
traying a French doctor who risks
Christ in "The Greatest
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his life driving a resistance leader The
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through the German lines so that
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he can convince Allied Commander
Senta Berger, an Austrian
Dwight D. Eisenhower to send his
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armies to the rescue of the city.
Israeli heroine in "'Cast A Giant
Paris and the aftermath of war Shadow," returns to the father-
s also the subject matter of a land as the dubious link between
rather superficial melodrama,
' `Return From the Ashes," in placed quarry, the self-effacing in-
heritor of robes and rituals of
which Ingrid Thulin appears as
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Hitler. Against the new
concentration camp survivor of
ewish descent, who returns to
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shadows and prematurely gre as a functionary in British intel-
ligence• Robert Helpmann
air. The villains this time are
J. Berkowitz and Family
1 ot the Germans, but a scheming `Red Shoes" fame) as a German
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olish adventurer portrayed by other
West German agent help
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chell with Herbert Lam (himself ing to uproot the unholy move-
a refugee from Nazidom) depict- ment.
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While "Funeral in Berlin,"
i ng a French doctor in love with
he woman who has returned from
in the former capital of the
Reich, re-hashes the defection of
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Leon Askin, a Jewish actor who an official from the East to the
s tarted his career at the Max West, with Michael Caine as the
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v ork for many years at Louise
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I )umont's renowned Duesseldorfer for a change deals with realities. .„
Some German newspapers
S chauspielhaus and came to the
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5 h as the sorrowful part of a pig- their dismay that outsiders must
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fi ficer in the rather silly comedy deal with strong themes of the
- o the Italian campaign, "What contemporary Germany, contem-
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Flogan's Heroes" television series Anderson show an honest ap-
which the fine actor is con-
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While George Peppard intro- and Heimat films (hearts-and-
ces himself as a German hero flowers epics) to shame.
the multi-million dollar epic
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rican campaign in World War
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his exploits in "The Blue Max"
ar e of a different nature. Peppard
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"The Q u i 11 e r Memorandum,"
rrently before the cameras an
. lac ration in Berlin and in the
- stt adios of London, is of a differ-
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. ii., t mold. A joint-production of
ilywood's Carthay Center and
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thur Rank of England, the mo-
- do n picture is based on the best-
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sel ling novel by Adam Hall, with
- a screenplay by Harold Pinter,
- de; ling with a new neo-Nazi move-
• me nt in West Germany and in the
mer capital of the Reich. The
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