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Town Without Pity Review


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No idea where this pity-free town is supposed to be. The action in Town Without Pity takes place in the German countryside, near a little village. They do play the crooning classic "Town Without Pity" on every jukebox in the village at every opportunity (not to mention during the credits).

Kirk Douglas recalls the work he did four years earlier in Paths of Glory, this time as a lawyer representing four American military boys in Deutschland accused of gang raping a local fraulein. (Imagine how tepidly that plays out in a film 40 years old.) He tries to get them off (or one of them, at least) during a trial that plays out in a highschool gymnasium.

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Titanic (1943) Review


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The production of this 1943 Titanic was a cinematic disaster to rank alongside the maritime disaster it depicts. And it couldn't have happened to nicer folks: the Nazis. The story goes like this:

Titanic was a production of the German company Tobis, which hired as its director Herbert Selpin. Millions of marks were spent on what was one of Germany's more lavish wartime productions, with principal photography shot aboard the Cap Arcona. (This ship was later used to evacuate liberated prisoners from the Nazi prison camp Neuengamme to Amsterdam; when the Allies accidentally fired on and sank the ship, most of the prisoners not killed in the accident were picked off by Nazi forces stationed on the coast nearby.) Before location shooting had been completed, director Selpin, aggravated by second unit delays, was overheard making disparaging remarks about the German navy; his complaints were relayed to the Gestapo, who arrested him. He was later found hanged in his cell at the Gestapo prison Prinz-Albrecht-Palais in Berlin, the victim of a dubious "suicide."

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