Cinema: Web Of Collaboration THE ASSAULT

Directed by Fons Rademakers; Screenplay by Gerard Soeteman

The Steenwijk family plays board games, reads Spinoza and believes that a sound classical education constitutes an excellent preparation for life. Outside, in January 1945, the war is still going on. But aside from a shortage of food and fuel, it has not troubled this serenely bourgeois Dutch family. And with the Germans obviously headed for defeat, they may perhaps be forgiven the slightly smug aura that hovers about them. It seems as if their faith in the eternal values of liberal humanism has triumphed over the hurly-burly of modern history.

But the 20th century has taught us that it is...

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