Splendidly slushy World War II melodrama, with Walbrook an angst-ridden Polish pianist torn between success in America and death in the skies above beleaguered Britain. Hurst, the wild Irishman of British cinema, proves surprisingly proficient at investing his slight, improbable story with power and resonance. The issues may be tritely resolved - only a miracle allows us a final encore of the Warsaw Concerto - but in taking the myth of the great artist and subordinating it to the more immediately relevant one of the do-or-die fighter-pilot hero, Hurst conjures up a satisfying concoction of fantasy and propaganda.
Cast and crew
|Director:||Brian Desmond Hurst|
Derrick de Marney