Cinema: Civil War

A WOMAN AT HER WINDOW

Directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre

Screenplay by Jorge Semprun

The woman is the bored and elegant wife of a witty, philandering Italian diplomat stationed in Greece in 1936, when, as people used to say, the war clouds were gathering. What she sees from her window is a Communist on the run from a police roundup ordered by a new fascist dictatorship. What happens after he climbs through the window is that love conquers the class barriers and she devises an elaborate stratagem to help him escape the country. Later, we are given to understand, she joins him and...

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