Tag Archives: Carl Möhner

Val Guest – The Camp on Blood Island (1958)

Plot Synopsis:
An intensely stoic Andre Morell leads a group of POWs, interned under the sadistic rule of Commander Yamamitsu, who has vowed to massacre them all and raze the camp to the ground should Japan surrender to the Allies. When the British prisoners find out via their radio that this has indeed happened, they must keep the news from their captors at all costs. Their task is made even more difficult when the Japanese capture an American pilot, who they are determined to strip of any useful information. The POW’s must find a way to escape before it’s too late. Read More »

Jules Dassin – Celui qui doit mourir AKA He Who Must Die (1957)

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Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Celu Qui Doit Mourir (He Who Must Die) represented director Jules Dassin’s first professional collaboration with his future wife, Greek actress Melina Mercouri. Filmed on the island of Crete, the story concerns the efforts by the townspeople to stage their annual Passion Play. The priest in charge of the play, anxious not to rock the boat with the occupying Turks, refuses aid and comfort to a rebellious priest from a battle-scarred village. But three townspeople do their best to help the visiting cleric, an act that splits the town right down the middle and forces the previously benevolent Turkish overlord to take decisive action. Melina Mercouri offers a dry run of her Never on Sunday character as the town trollop. Read More »