Tonight a Town Dies (1961)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |  
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This wartime drama by Polish director Jan Rybkowski is most successful in its suspense-filled first half, beginning when a Polish prisoner in a concentration camp is taken to be transported to Dachau. The desperate prisoner seizes an opportune moment and gets away from the Gestapo -- and the chase is on. As he hides and runs, and then hides some more, the man ends up in Dresden just before the Allied fire-bombing of that city. At that point, the drama becomes a chronicle of the destruction of Dresden in all its terror and ignominy.

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concentration-camp, war, atrocity, behind-enemy-lines, captive, captor, escape, POW (Prisoner of War), POW/MIA, prison, train [locomotive], war-atrocities