The Master Race (1944)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, War Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 18, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Master Race argues persuasively that, although it appeared that the Nazis would lose WW2, it was foolish to assume that Hitler's legacy would not insinuate itself into the postwar era. Nazi bigwig Von Beck (George Coulouris) arrives in a small Belgian village on the eve of its liberation by the Allied troops. It is Von Beck's plan to foment disharmony and bigotry amongst the villagers, thereby laying the groundwork for a German victory in the next war. But Von Beck soon discovers that the populace isn't quite as gullible as the herrenvolk had been when Hitler rose to power. Still, the film ends with a warning: the only way to avoid future world conflict is to thoroughly crush the instigators of the present war. Ironically, after hostilities ceased, Herbert J. Biberman, cowriter-director of The Master Race, was castigated by the anti-Red brigades for being, among other things, a "premature anti-fascist."

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war, war-crimes, captive, captor, conquest, disguise, escape, hatred, immorality, infiltration, Nazism, officer, scheme, townspeople, village