Powell and Pressburger are at their best when they claim to be giving you one genre, in this case a war film, but end up giving you something much better and surprising. This film depicts the friendship between a British General and a German officer through the wars of the first half of the 20th century. Their relationship began as a rivalry between enemies, and then grew to grudging respect and then complete admiration, despite being on different sides and having wildly different opinions.
Even so, we must realize that our allies and supporters might not come from people on “our” side. Sometimes people who disagree strongly are still the human connection we need to keep going in life.
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