To the Victor (1948)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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To the Victor is one of the first Hollywood films to touch upon the subject of war guilt. There are no high-ranking Nazis or gas ovens here; the people on trial are French citizens, accused of collaboration. This being a Warner Bros. production, the cast includes such authentic Frenchpersons as Dennis Morgan, Bruce Bennett and Dorothy Malone; leading lady Viveca Lindfors isn't from Burbank, but she's not from France either. Once past this obstacle, the film raises some interesting moral and ethical questions, but was made to close to the events for anything resembling objectivity. Plus there's a turgid romance between a French girl and a black marketeer, which adds nothing to the proceedings. To the Victor warrants B for effort, C for results.

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collaborator, war-crimes, Nazism, husband, shelter, woman, love, trial [courtroom], black-market