The Colditz Story (1955)

“[watching a particularly rough game in the exercise yard] Who was it said our ancestors were apes? ” – Colonel Richmond

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – During World War II, the Germans placed British, French, Polish and Dutch Prisoners of War in a castle prison in order to try and contain these escape artists from making their way to freedom.

My Take on it – As a fan of some of the famous WWII POW escape films , I was quite interested in seeing what this film was all about especially after watching the film Colditz (2005) a few weeks ago.

This film is a great addition to the list of films depicted real life stories of escape from Prisoner of War Camps during World War II.

This camp was based in a castle and was deemed by the Germans as an inescapable fortress.

The characters in this film are developed really well and they do a wonderful job explaining why the various escape attempts by each of the nationalities didn’t work since there was no cooperation between them.

The German captors tried to cause much frictions between these various prisoner “classes” and it led to lots of problems until the prisoners found a solution to such a dilemma.

The film shows us many of the various ideas on how to escape such a fortress and we get to see the kind of ingenious ideas that form in the minds of desperate men trying to find a way to freedom.

The fact that this film is based on true events makes things even more impactful and poignant and allows us to see things in a very different light.

Bottom Line – Great addition to the list of enjoyable and thoughtful WWII POW films.  The characters are developed quite well and we get a clear sense of why the uncoordinated escape efforts would constantly fail. The German idea to cause friction among the various nationalities of the prisoners was quite effective until the prisoners were able to find a way to overcome such problems.  The various escape methods posed by many of the prisoners are all quite ingenious and show the kind of ideas that form in desperate men’s minds while in captivity. The fact that this film is based on fact makes it even more poignant. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anthony Faramus, billed here as a “British Officer” prisoner, actually was a prisoner of Germany during World War II, though not at Colditz. He was arrested in the Channel Islands early in the war, as a saboteur. He spent the remainder of the war in various German prisons, including Buchenwald and Mathausen concentration camps. He wrote about his ordeals in the book “The Faramus Story”. He was also closely associated with British double Agent Eddie Chapman. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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