Review: ‘Counterpoint’

Counterpoint is the story of an American symphony orchestra - on a USO tour in Belgium - taken prisoner by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Some of the incidents are contrived and characterizations of its two leads, as developed in trying to make them strong, are sometimes confusing. But in the main subject has been well handled.

Counterpoint is the story of an American symphony orchestra – on a USO tour in Belgium – taken prisoner by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Some of the incidents are contrived and characterizations of its two leads, as developed in trying to make them strong, are sometimes confusing. But in the main subject has been well handled.

Script, based upon Alan Sillitoe’s novel, The General, packs suspense as fate of the martinet symph conductor and his 70 musicians at hands of the Germans, under order to execute every prisoner, remains uncertain.

Something new has been added here for a war film; parts of five major music works, recorded by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for the action, which should have particular appeal for music lovers.

Counterpoint

Production

Universal. Director Ralph Nelson; Producer Dick Berg; Screenplay James Lee, Joel Oliansky; Camera Russel Metty; Editor Howard G. Epstein; Music Bronislau Kaper;; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Carl Anderson

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston Maximilian Schell Kathryn Hays Leslie Nielsen Anton Diffring Linden Chiles
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