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.