A small Ukrainian village is attacked by the Nazi as part of the German invasion. Erich von Stroheim, a brutal German doctor takes the children of the village and uses them to transfer blood from them to wounded German soldiers. As the children start dying, the villagers organize an attack.
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One of those oddballs from American film history that every cinephile really should see at least once. Unfairly judged today for not having the prescience to see through Stalinism. Take it on its own terms. It's beautifully shot and acted. Interesting Copeland score. A surprisingly brutal war film for its age.
Buried by McCarthyism, this is an astonishing war film contemporary to events depicting huge set pieces which at times almost seem documentary. 'Burn your houses ! The Germans are coming !' script by: Lilian Hellman ! An oscar for special effects!