Signs Of Life

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

After being wounded in combat during WW II, Brogle and his wife (Zacharopoulou) are sent to a Nazi-held Greek isle to guard a fortress. Accompanied by Reichmann and Ungern-Sternberg, they find themselves with little to do, so they search for means to avoid tedium. They paint their quarters, raise goats, and make rockets from a discovered cache of explosives....read more

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After being wounded in combat during WW II, Brogle and his wife (Zacharopoulou) are sent to a Nazi-held Greek isle to guard a fortress. Accompanied by Reichmann and Ungern-Sternberg, they find themselves with little to do, so they search for means to avoid tedium. They paint their

quarters, raise goats, and make rockets from a discovered cache of explosives. Ungern-Sternberg begins translating some of the Greek writings carved into the old castle and discovers it was once held by pirates. Reichmann concocts a bizarre device for capturing and executing cockroaches in

military fashion. Pinherio, a mysterious gypsy, appears and gives the group a wooden owl whose eyes are given life by the flies trapped inside. Gradually the boredom catches up with Brogle, and he cracks after hearing a pianist play Chopin. After an appeal to the commander, Brogle and Reichmann

are assigned to guard a ridge. There Brogle loses control and fires upon some windmills. His comrade stops him and reports the incident. Brogle feels betrayed by his island compatriots and forces them to leave the fortress. Brogle then begins a final assault, firing onto a local village and

threatening to blow it up. Eventually his rebellion is stopped. An interesting early work from noted German director Herzog, inspired by an article describing a true incident during the Seven Years' War. Released in Germany in 1968. (In German; English subtitles.)

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