Your American is drafted to go “over there” and find out the enemy’s strength, there ain’t none. He returns victorious.
From another point of view, in the sequel as it were, the enemy advances and is run over by a truck.
In the last frames, a monument to the fallen of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.
Not understood by Bosley Crowther of the New York Times, nor in Halliwell’s Film Guide.
A very precise, rigorous masterpiece, for all that.
Comparisons to Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain are entirely fortuitous.