The trenchant trenches of a German POW camp, uneven but not without its gallows humor fascination. Made just eight years after the end of WWII, writer-director Wilder's classic black comedy is too cross-pollinated by slapstick Germans, who interfere with the abrasive edge of satirical
statements on free enterprise and oppressed peoples banding together to become a variation on witch-hunting fascists. But the film did amazing things for Holden. Even in SUNSET BOULEVARD he was transforming from the handsome juvenille lead of yore. His performance made him Bogie's successor to
American Cynicism; without a doubt, Holden was one of the finest actors of his generation, t...