Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bitter Victory

[Editor's Note: This review is part of the The Mystic: The Films of Nicholas Ray feature at Not Coming to a Theater Near You.]

Late in Nicholas Ray’s fascinating World War II film Bitter Victory, Captain Leith turns to his colleague Brand and, speaking in a tone of sly insinuation, delivers an accusation that stands at the heart of the picture’s concerns with the metaphysics of war; “We’re all murderers now, aren’t we? Welcome to the club.” Taken by itself, the quotation seems a simple enough observation about the ways in which warfare turns seemingly civilized men into savages, but proper contextualizing reveals Leith’s words – as well as the film itself – to be far more complex than mere superficial platitude.

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