Berlin Kaput (1981)

Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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This film is based on the story Three by Aleksandar Petrovic, and as the original source title indicates, it is the tale of three different soldiers whose liaisons with women either bring about their downfall or seriously erode their sense of duty. In the first segment, a partisan fighter stops for a drink at a stream. When compelled by a strain of voyeurism, he starts covertly watching some bathing women -- which leads to a fatal accident. In the next segment, a soldier takes command of a military outpost and gives in to temptation when wives come to offer themselves to him in order to keep their husbands from being sent into battle. This commander is discovered by his superiors and faces the inevitable fatal consequences. In the third and last segment, a young solder is taking the uniform of a friend killed in action home to the friend's mother, when he strikes up a passionate acquaintance with a woman on the train -- forgetting, in the end, that his mission had to do with handing over a uniform and not taking off his own. At this rate of attrition, it would seem that the enemy could simply send in women to win the war for them.

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accident, duty, friendship, liaison, love, partisan, peeping-tom, responsibility, soldier, temptation