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.
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The opening sequence is remarcable in the way it presents Kraft as a sportsman, and with a cut to the skull adorning the cap of the now uniformed man our perception of this character is subverted. Solan defies the instinct to portray commander from a singular viewpoint. I have my qualms towards how well the sequences depicting Kominek's moral dilemma and camp life are integrated.