Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this nearly dialogue-free film, the behavior of the local population during the advance of German troops into Yugoslavia is observed. In one scene, a village is being put to the torch and its inhabitants killed by the invaders. A man escapes the conflagration, but when it is clear that he is about to be caught by the Germans, he arranges to die rather than submit to them. In another scene, a young German soldier who is part of a firing squad sent to execute some Yugoslav partisans puts down his gun, strips off his military paraphernalia and moves across to join those about to die.
escape, execution, invasion, suicide