In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills. —IMDb
Peter Solan was born in 1929, in Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia). After graduating in Prague 1953, he came back to Bratislava. Honesty and bravery, two of his most prominent creative aspects which he used to tackle social issues, could already be seen at the beginning of his career. Instead of delicately entering the film industry, P. Solan was noticed by the communist functionaries as an artist who wouldn’t be silenced because of his first film – “The Devil Doesn’t Sleep” (Čert nespí, 1956). And because of that earnestness his works have been appreciated at film festivals all over the world. “The Boxer and Death” is one of his most famous works, brilliantly reflecting the timeless virtues honoured in Peter Solan’s creations. —Kaunas International Film Festival
Remarkable movie with an excellent international cast, bold cinematography and score. Manfred Krug as the commander delivers the best performance in his career. I think that this film and Munk's "Passenger" are among the innovative and pioneering cinematic statements on concentration camps and relationships between victims and perpetrators.