Bernhard Wicki was born in 1919 in Austria and died in 2000 in Munich. He studied Acting and Photography in Berlin and Vienna, followed by theater work in Vienna, Munich, Salzburg and Zurich. His first film role was in Der fallende Stern (1950). Thereafter, he starred in numerous other films including Die letzte Bruecke (1954), Es geschah am 20. Juli (1955), Weil du arm bist, musst du frueher sterben (1956), Die Zuercher Verlobung, and the Italian production Die Nacht (La notte, 1961). He made his directorial debut with the documentary Warum sind sie gegen uns (1958), a film about youth problems in the Federal Republic of Germany. He went on to direct Miracle of Malachias (Das Wunder des Malachias, 1961), the Duerrenmatt-adaptation_ The Visit _(Der Besuch,1964), Die Zitadelle (1977), The Longest Day (Der laengste Tag, 1962), Morituri (1965), Karpfs Karriere… read more
Not the typical anti-war film, but a thinking war film that doesn't stoop to easy answers or high-contrast morality. Wonderful cast, tightly structured story, great B &W cinematography by Conrad Hall, all which left me with an aftertaste that lasted for days as I mulled over Bernhard Wicki's directorial decision making and the characterizations by Marlon Brando, Yul Brenner, Janet Margolin and a solid cast.