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JJ Does anyone remember this film? (15) RE: Does anyone remember this film? 16 Jun 07


Definitely THE VICTORS, perhaps the most bitter World War II film ever made. We follow the war in Europe through a series of unconnected, picaresque sequences, each more cynical than the last (or so I remember it).

The "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" sequence is loosely based on the execution of Private Eddie Slovik, the only American to be executed for desertion since the Civil War. There's a book by William Bradford Huie that tells the story of this once-famous case, and how poor Eddie, like the French soldiers in PATHS OF GLORY, was railroaded in order to serve as an example.

Albert Finney appears in the last sequence -- as a Russian soldier! He and another member of the Allies get into a drunken fight and kill each other, their bodies falling in a "V" as the soundtrack blares out the opening of Beethoven's Fifth.

Saw this film at a drive-in the year it came out (1963), and it's still with me all these years later...


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