V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

PLAY DIRTY

V' 03

PLAY DIRTY

PANZER, SÖLDNER, LEGIONÄRE / EIN DRECKIGER HAUFEN

Andre De Toth
GB, 1969
117min, dF

PLAY DIRTY

Andre De Toth
GB, 1969
, 117min, dF

Actors: 
Michael Caine
Capt. Douglas
Nigel Davenport
Capt. Cyril Leech
Nigel Green
Col. Masters
Harry Andrews
Brig. Blore
Patrick Jordan
Maj. Alan Watkins
Screenplay: 
Lotte Colin
Melvyn Bragg nach einem Roman von George Marton
Sound: 
Gordon K. McCallum
Camera: 
Edward Scaife
Editor: 
Alan Osbiston
Jack Slade
Composer: 
Michel Legrand
Decoration: 
Thomas N. Morahan
Maurice Pelling
Elven Webb

Production: 
Lowndes Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

In many respects De Toths final, great film, Play Dirty, can be seen as a crystallisation of his work. The underlying dystopian cynicism and bleakness of the directors work pushes explicitly toward the films surface. The clear moral distinction between Germans and Allies found in countless war films is here reconfigured as merely a question of affectations of style. Play Dirty has a purity of purpose, offering a distillation of themes, character types, philosophies and actions. De Toths characters often wonder how long they will have to do penance for the mistakes and choices they have made. After completing their mission, the surviving members of the team, disguised in Italian uniforms, are carelessly gunned down by an arriving British soldier. In this moment, one can finally stare directly at the spare, blunt, muted anti-romanticism that clouds much of de Toths cinema. (Adrian Danks)

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