πŸŽ₯ Ill Met By Moonlight – 1957

The Story …

During World War II, the Greek island of Crete is occupied by the Nazis.

British officers Major Patrick Leigh Fermor DSO (Dirk Bogarde) and Captain Bill Stanley Moss MC (David Oxley) of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) land on the island and meet with other British agents and members of the Cretan resistance.

In April 1944, they kidnap General Kreipe (Marius Goring), the German commander of the island’s occupying forces and, in disguise, drive his car through a number of German checkpoints until they abandon it and set off on foot with the General …

Travelling mainly by night across mountainous territory, the group has to evade surveillance by German search parties looking for the General, but is given assistance by townspeople and other resistance partisans.

Along the way, Kreipe seems to be resigned to having to cooperate, but he leaves personal tokens at several stops as clues for searchers to follow. He also feigns an injury to his shoulder to slow down the group’s progress. After a final push to reach a secluded cove on the far side of the island where they are to be picked up by the Royal Navy, the group finds the area occupied by German troops.

Kreipe offers Niko, a young boy travelling with the group, a gold coin, telling him that if he goes down to the beach, he will get a pair of German boots.

The British officers ask the child to deliver a message to local partisans. Niko seems to fall for the ruse. The group watches the shore from above and sees him go into the German camp. Kreipe, exulting, tells the British they are foolish for trusting Cretan β€œbarbarians.” He tells them he bribed the boy.

But instead of heading up the hills to engage with the British and retrieve the General, the Germans march off. Fermor tells Kreipe that they are heading into a partisan ambush.

The British and Cretans, along with Kreipe arrive at the beach and are joined by the partisans. The general removes the sling.

On board the British ship that is to transport them to Cairo, the Middle East headquarters of British forces,[2] Fermor and Moss return the gold coin he gave Niko, who is going to safety with them.

They also return the items that the General planted during their trek, comparing them to the “breadcrumbs” left by Hansel in the story of Hansel and Gretel and the Cretan Resistance, once disdained by the General, to the “birds” who take the breadcrumbs in the story. Kreipe compliments them on the professionalism of their mission. On deck, Niko sings β€œFiledem” while proudly polishing his new German boots.

Credits :

  • Directed by Michael Powell andΒ Emeric Pressburger
  • Written by W. Stanley Moss (book), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • Produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • Cinematography : Christopher Challis
  • Edited by Arthur Stevens
  • Music by Mikis Theodorakis
  • Production Company :Β 
    The Archers
  • Distributed by The Rank Organisation
  • Release Dates : 4 March 1957

Cast :

  • Dirk Bogarde as Major Patrick “Paddy” Leigh Fermor aka “Philedem”
  • Marius Goring as Major General Heinrich Kreipe
  • David Oxley as Captain W. Stanley “Billy” Moss, M.C.
  • Dimitri Andreas as Niko Soldan Emeris
  • Cyril Cusack as Captain Sandy Rendel
  • Laurence Payne as Manoli
  • Wolfe Morris as George
  • Michael Gough as Andoni Zoidakis
  • John Cairney as Elias
  • Rowland Bartrop as Micky Akoumianakis
  • Brian Worth as Stratis Saviolkis
  • Paul Stassino as Yanni Katsias
  • Adeeb Assaly as Zahari

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ill_Met_by_Moonlight_(film)

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GENRE : #WAR-MOVIES

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