Spend two hours building a character and then gun him down, and the audience will hate the movie. It is a cheap shock for the audience, but the act destroys the one person the viewer identified with. But overall I was left feeling that with tighter handling regarding the killer's identity, and more emphasis on the central plot, the film could have been a far more satisfying whole. We have Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasence, Charles Gray, John Gregson, Harry Andrews, Christopher Plummer and others. About the limits of fear and respect for universal values.
He was apparently extremely rude to the veteran director Anatole Litvak throughout filming, often in front of the entire crew, and also held both Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif to old contracts they had signed with him years before, so that these two very famous actors were paid much less than was usual for them by 1967. A murder is a murder and the name of victim is not important. Glamorous and glimmer cinematography in Technicolor by extraordinary cameraman Henry Decae. The film is brimming with exceptional acting - O'Toole turns in a particularly vicious and strong performance as General Tanz, but everyone holds their own. So, great film if you like 1960s talent and faux psychology. Unfortunately, the mystery isn't much of a mystery. The best scenes result to be when general O'Toole is watching paintings have been selected and requisitioned from private collections by the Reichsmarshall Herrmann Goering , then he observes the ¨Decadent Art¨ as Touloise Lautrec Le Divan , Renoir Nudes , Gauguin On the beach Soutine, Degas The tub and Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait , when he suddenly bursts on real crazy.
Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif give terrific performances as maniac general and upright investigator respectively. But by this point the killer's identity has become all too clear. They believe, any day is a good day to catch a murderer. Tanz remains faithful to his leader and keeps several dark secrets of his own. In the end, that's what movies are supposed to do, isn't it? Once users have rated 5 titles in a single category, itcher will get to work looking for new recommendations in that category. An anxious piece in an ambiguous game, saved by the cynicism of puppeteer and French inspector who discovers the corpse of truth.
Please go to and edit it to include a. The film itself starts quite promisingly as a murder mystery and maintains the interest while based in Warsaw. Stupnagel as Colonel in war room. Tanz looks disdainfully at the Major and remains in his tank during the interview looking downward at the Major. An interesting side-note at this point is that the armour used here appeared to be either real Tiger tanks, or pretty good replicas. But O'Toole simply, dispassionately guns him down.
This movie is too long. Two years later in July 1944, another prostitute is murdered and Major Grau establishes that once again all 3 generals - Tanz, Kahlenberge and Gabler are all in Paris on the night of the murder. Only German generals wear the red stripe. The cast is good -- and what a caste! An interesting side-note at this point is that the armour used here appeared to be either real Tiger tanks, or pretty good replicas. Seydlitz - Gabler's daughter Ulrike Joanna Pettet is having a love affair with Corporal Hartmann Tom Courtenay. There are only three to choose from, anyway. His appearance adds nothing to the story, and the only reason for him being here at all was presumably in order to employ every great British actor alive at the time.
This could be remade today. Rommel, for example, by his eleventh hour switch to support the Stauffenburg bomb plot, was technically committing treason - and was forced to commit suicide to protect his family from Hitler's full anger. . Alas, my expectations were only half met. The whole idea of anyone caring about a dead whore among the nazis is ridiculous! This movie is really an excellent and very underrated European super production, having a spectacular international cast. Part of my curiosity to see it was due to the sheer weight of the cast:- Omar Sharif as Major Grau, Peter O'Toole, Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray as the Generals, plus Christopher Plummer, Tom Courtenay, Philip Noiret, Gordon Jackson, John Gregson, Harry Andrews, Nigel Stock and Patrick Allen - phew! The mystery opens in occupied Poland in 1942, where a prostitute is horribly murdered by a man wearing a Nazi general's uniform. Philippe Noiret is great as Inspector Morand who's friendship with Major Grau extends beyond the war.
In no particular order, we have the irony of ex-Wehrmacht officers and men doing quite all right in the 1960s Wirtschaftswelle of Germany. He enlists the help of Inspector Morand Philippe Noiret , a resistance sympathizer with whom Grau forms an alliance. If there is other fair use media, consider checking that you have specified the fair use rationale on the other images used on this page. In one, someone is killing prostitutes in occupied Warsaw and Paris, and Omar thinks the murderer is one of three leading Wehrmacht generals. Discover the latest Discussions, Reviews, Quotes, Theories, Explanations and Analysis of The Night of the Generals 1967 below. With a supercast O'Toole, Sharif, Pleasence, Gray, Courtenay, Noiret director Anatole Litvak directs a classic, a masterpiece.
And in a third plot, Tom Courtenay's corporal is getting very close to the daughter of Charles Gray's untrustworthy General Gabler. Courtenay's romantic sub-plot is entirely redundant, and should have been cut out completely, thus shortening the movie to a manageable two hours or so. The authorities send a dedicated, tenacious and zealous Intelligence Officer, Major Grau Omar Sharif to investigate. The musical score associated with the film, composed by Maurice Jarre, is stirring and memorable. Other interesting aspect is the music of film. Another distraction is the way the film jumps forward at intervals to the '60's, where we find Philip Noiret's Policeman interviewing some of the secondary characters in an attempt to solve the mystery.
Suspicion falls on three generals, and Major Grau of German Intelligence seeks justice which ends up taking decades. What is the point of being a general when corporals wish to remain corporals? It is in part an interesting study of German senior officers. Australian release: 21 April 1967. The premise of this film just does not work. It only lacks Derren Nesbitt, Jeremy Kemp and James Mason along with real German Karl Michael Vogler to have rounded up the majority of European male stock of actors who could fill out a German uniform.