A pre-Jules et Jim Oskar Werner stars as “happy”, a young Luftwaffe corporal captured by the Americans and trained up to spy in his homeland in the dying days of WW2.
His journey across the crumbling Third Reich grows ever more compulsive as he finds despair and the mad confidence of victory alike.
Shot on location in a devastated post-war Germany, the drama, directed by Ukrainian-born filmmaker Anatole Litvak, achieves a rare realism and scale.
Factor in a frank examination of the many forms betrayal can take and you have an unjustly forgotten gem.
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