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Aloha! I am trying to remember the title of a film that Robert Osborne lauded as a favorite many years ago. The film takes place after WWII, somewhere in Eastern Europe that was occupied by American troops, but would eventually become part of the Eastern Bloc. I am thinking Hungary, Czechoslovakia or Germany. The film was shot on location and there was an excellent performance by a child actor who came under the wing of a GI. I remember vividly Robert Osborne's sharing the fate of the young actor, who faced persecution once the communist regime had solidified power in the country. I believe the film is in black and white, was produced in the late 1940s and had amazing scenes of the destruction caused by the war. Help, sorry for being so vague! Mahalo
When I was a boy in the 1960's I watched two films, which have left fragments in my mind. I think the first film is Italian, probably in the genre of neo realism. A dark-haired man is locked inside the freezing room by an accident. The other man doesn't know about the man inside. The second film is part war film, part fantasy film. I remember two scenes. In the first scene two men are talking in the living room of a house, which may have been damaged by a bomb (World War II?) It occured to me that the living room somewhat looked like a circus manege. In the second scene a flame is "wandering" from what I remember as a mansion on the top of a hill to a camp. The camp is inhabitated by poor people and the men have dark beards. They may be refugees, gypsies or simply poor people. The flame looked unreal to me, it was perhaps made by animation tools. This is also why I have written that it might have been a fantasy film. Do you recognize those two films, which may be Europan?