Robinson, which was deemed so accurate that it was banned in Germany, Italy, Spain, as well as some neutral countries including Switzerland and Ireland. He lingers fetishistically on the insignia, the medals, the textures of the grey fabric and the predominance of black leather. I suppose, though, they needed to have some plot point to get Tanz over to Paris as well? While Grau is accusing Tanz face to face, word arrives that Hitler has survived, so Tanz kills Grau and labels him as one of the plot conspirators to cover his tracks. Instead, it was an unusual film, in that it was shown from the point of view of the Germans—and it combined suspense with war. Shortly after the credits roll to close-ups of the uniform—gold braid, epaulettes, peaked cap, black boots, etc—of a faceless German general , the action shifts to a seedy building, where a man climbing a dirty and deserted staircase suddenly hears a woman scream upstairs. The second general is Kahlenberge Donald Pleasance , who as we hear in a voiceover , is the least unpleasant of the lot.
What little entertainment there is comes courtesy of O'Toole's hilariously histrionic performance. A further investigation shows that three generals do not have any alibi for that night: General Tanz, Maj. He directed more than 40 films during his 40-year career. And from what I have read, any hint of moving away from the ideology saw you losing your job and career. After the war, he became a successful author of more than 60 novels, most of them set among the Nazi ranks, and highly critical of them. I have his whole collection.
The Night of the Generals 1967 The Night of the Generals: In 1942 Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. One of the generals gave Rommel a cyanide pill, and they left the car to loiter about at a respectful distance. Hans Hellmut Kirst was a member of the Nazi Party and joined the German army at the age of 19, later admitting to being convinced by the propaganda of the time that he was being a patriot. In 2002 he grudgingly accepted an Honorary Award in recognition of such a long and consistently high calibre career. If called upon, the subordinate would be expected to sacrifice himself to save his superior… Tom Courtenay is yet another fine British character-actor. He also suggests a perfectly practical solution to the problem of the disconcerting jumps back and forth in the period. Get new posts via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
In real life, he is supposed to have been forced into swallowing cyanide. So, the ghettos were cordoned off and supplies were severely restricted. But then, Oskar Schindler was also a Nazi! And almost two years later, so does the entire scene. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself few years in the future. This film has much to recommend it, including fine location photography such as the real French fortifications actually taken over by the German occupiers , and a lush musical score by Maurice Jarre. A man who is much more frightening than he may have appeared to Grau, two years ago in Paris.
There are also noir undertones and a few key elements that prefigure many pulp euro-thrillers of the 1970s. Tanz is admired and feared by those around him, a decorated war hero sent to Warsaw, by Hitler himself, to rout-out Polish freedom-fighters and end their resistance. The witness tells Grau what he saw, but is hesitant about describing the uniform the murderer was clad in. His sarcastic General Kahlenberge is the most interesting character on display here and the only one that comes across as real and honest. Despite the passing resemblance to Heinrich Himmler that landed him the role of General Kahlenberge, Pleasence was a respected British actor. Resembling a drunken out of costume drag queen at an after party, O'Toole camps it up to a degree that makes Peter Sellers' Dr. Kahlenberge is deeply involved in the plot, while von Seidlitz-Gabler is aware of its existence but is sitting on the fence, awaiting the outcome.
The story ends in 1965, in Hamburg, with another, similar crime. I support film - including yours! First up is Omar Sharif as a German military intelligence officer Omar Sharif!!! In Night of the Generals, we see the results of this ideology, but we also see a vignette of the same evil in a condensed version. This artificial divide between the personal and political is the major device holding the story together and filling-in the deeper, philosophical subtext that runs throughout the film. A fourth General, Rommel Christopher Plummer , is presented as the figurehead of the conspiracy. On his release, at the end of the war, he picked up his acting career. I was puzzled about that bit about 1959, but I can see that got sorted out.
In addition to the sharp imagery and nice presentation, there is also a bevvy of British names in the film as well as the aforementioned including Donald Pleasence several times cast as a regular Nazi General character actor and Charles Gray, as well as some unusual casting with some great British characters looking out of place in a German Wehrmacht uniform including the aforementioned Jackson, John Gregson, Harry Andrews and Patrick Allen. Their attitudes are in turn, dubious, nervous, and arrogant. He was a successful businessman and thus he could bribe and cheat and wiggle his way out. There are three German generals in Warsaw at present. Tanz is unaware of the plot and remains totally loyal to Hitler. Morand is helping Major Grau in his investigation. In fact, quite far from it — throughout the film, his dedication to finding justice is exemplary, and you can see that he truly feels for those who are being victimised by men like Tanz.
Still, definitely worth a watch. General Gabler and General Kahlenberge who now has Hartmann on his staff are also in Paris. The fact that so many of those involved in making Night of the Generals, from the writers, through cast and crew to the producer and director all had first-hand experience of the topics they were dealing with gives the film an extra dimension of authenticity. The title takes on a dual meaning as this thread develops. It is quite interesting the hero is taken prisoner and is seriously injured.