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Bitter Victory is not a reflection of life, it is life turned into a film . . . at once the most direct and the most secret of films, the most subtle and the crudest.Jean-Luc Godard
In 1942, two British officers in the Libyan desert lead a commando raid to steal secret papers from Rommel's headquarters, all the while locked in bitter personal conflict. Richard Burton is compelling as Captain Leith, a seeming idealist. In the other corner is Curd Jürgens's Major Brand, whose acts of cowardice reflect both a disquieting personality trait and a calculated revenge born of jealousy. Ray constructed a war drama of bitter paradoxes—the raid succeeds but fails, and the coward is branded a hero—one that was also a breakthrough in the realist aesthetic.
- Nicholas Ray
- Gavin Lambert
- Rene Hardy
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Bitter victory (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2004
Prisoners of war (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2004
The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003
Amère victoire (program note), Cinémathèque française, Jean Luc Godard, 1981
The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973
Bitter victory (review), Variety, Robert F. Hawkins, 1957
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