Cinema: Behind Barbed Wire

Kapo examines in excruciating detail the plight of women prisoners in a Polish concentration camp during World War II. Like all recitals of Nazi horrors, this Italian-made film, dubbed in English, is often stark and terrifying, and Director Gillo Pontecorvo gives his best scenes a look of grainy newsreel authenticity: half-frozen women laying railroad ties gaze hopelessly at wisps of smoke coming from a heated glass shed; the prisoners primp for a ghastly fitness inspection in which signs of illness, or too many grey hairs, can spell the difference between life and death;...

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