Wagenstein, a Jew who survived fascist persecution and internment during World War II, is the extravagantly lauded author of more than two dozen screenplays, including the 1959 Sterne (Stars), awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes that long-ago year when Ben Hur won the Oscar for Best Picture. Hilde Braun in particular is so nave, and described in so exclusively a sexual fashion, that she begins to remind us of the eponymous heroine of another screenwriter's novel-Terry Southern's 1972 Candy, in this costume-drama version featuring a good girl who giggles and preens her way across the continent ahead of those dratted Nazis.
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