Alba Regia (1961)

Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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This routine World War II drama with a slight propagandistic overlay is set in a Hungarian town that was called Alba Regia during the period of the Roman Empire. A surgeon (Miklos Gabor) operates on anyone who is wounded, whether they be Hungarian, Russian, Nazis or not. The Russian army invades the town trying to defeat the Nazi army there, but they have to withdraw. One Russian woman stays behind after the army leaves -- she is a spy who sets up a hidden radio to keep the Russians informed of Nazi activities. She and the doctor are attracted to each other, but their love affair could not take place under more duress. In the end, the doctor is forced to give up his neutral stance.

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activism, against-the-system, altruism, danger, government, oppression, surgery