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Year
1942
Runtime
92 min.
Director
Alberto Cavalcanti
Genres
Thriller, War
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
1,382
Checks
603
Favs
40
Dislikes
5
Favs/checks
6.6% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    A brilliant film - sorely neglected, it seems. Some fantastic acting from some familiar British character actors (including Leslie Banks, David Farrar), a very sharp, sly and often tense script based on a Graham Greene short story, and some superb night-time cinematography make a classic in my book. For a film from 1942 it's incredibly powerful and pulls no punches - the on screen deaths of assorted characters who attempt to stand up to the German invasion of the village is still powerful today, and impressively unsentimental. Highly recommended. 9 years 8 months ago
  2. AaronP's avatar

    AaronP

    It takes a little while to get going but once it does it's quite a quirky thriller. The Germans are genuinely intimidating and not the cartoon villains you might expect and the plucky villagers under siege make an entertaining ensemble. 7 years 6 months ago
  3. Timec's avatar

    Timec

    dombrewer - Completely agreed. This is an incredible movie, and one that deserves far more attention. 9 years 6 months ago
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In 5 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #17 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  2. This movie ranks #40 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  3. This movie ranks #152 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  4. This movie ranks #271 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  5. This movie ranks #365 in Doubling the Canon
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