USA/DE, 153 min
USA/UK, 125 min
Infamous Nazi Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) has been secretly working for decades on a horrifying genetic experiment with devastating implications. An aging but determined ‘Nazi hunter’ (Laurence Olivier) strives to put an end to the project. Featuring a very young Steve Guttenberg as “annoying Jew #1”.
“Bresson had wanted to entitle the film ‘Aide-toi’ (‘Help yourself’), part of the French expression, ‘Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera‘: in other words, ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves.’ He commented: ‘I would like to show this miracle: an invisible hand over the prison, directing what happens and causing such and such a thing to succeed for one and not for another…. . The film is a mystery…The Spirit breathes where it will.” (source)