Arzt ohne Gewissen (1959)

ARZT OHNE GEWISSEN (1959)
aka The Private Clinic of Professor Lund
Article 3421 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-15-2010
Posting Date: 12-26-2010
Directed by Falk Harnack
Featuring Ewald Balser, Wolfgang Preiss, Barbara Rutting
Country: West Germany
What it is: Nazi doctor drama

A respected professor and surgeon comes under suspicion when it is discovered his assistant is a former Nazi.

The above plot description I cobbled together from what I could make out of the movie along with a short plot description at allmovies.com. My copy is in unsubtitled German, and it was only with the help of this plot description that I was able to avoid getting totally lost. Still, I did get lost enough at times, and I do know that not only was the assistant a former Nazi, but he is still engaged in highly questionable practices; there is a kidnapping of a woman at one point, and there is a plot about a patient at the clinic trying to make a desperate escape. The scenes are engaging enough that I really hope some day to see it dubbed or subtitled, so I can get the full effect of the movie. There are touches of horror and science fiction around the edges; the clinic is in a rather spooky castle, and I think they’re planning a heart transplant at one point in the proceedings. At any rate, I’ll have to reserve judgment on this one.

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