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351 Ratings

Bitter Victory

Directed by Nicholas Ray
United States, France, 1957
Drama, War


During Second World War, tempers flare between a South African major and a British captain serving in north Africa when the former suspects the latter of having an affair with his wife. Matters go from bad to worse when the pair are forced to work together on a dangerous commando mission.

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Bitter Victory Directed by Nicholas Ray

Critics reviews

The movie, made more than a decade after the end of the Second World War, is a sharp and shrieking vision of the ravaged, resounding emptiness of the postwar world. Though it’s a period piece, “Bitter Victory” takes its place beside films by Antonioni as a philosophical vision of modern psychological and moral dislocation.
September 30, 2013
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Faced by the deserted streets of Benghazi or the sand-dunes, we suddenly think for the space of a second of something else – the snack-bars on the Champs-Elysées, a girl one liked, everything and anything, lies, the treachery of women, the shallowness of men, playing the slot-machines. . . . It is at once the most direct and the most secret of films, the most subtle and the crudest. It is not cinema, it is more than cinema.
January 01, 1958

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