The Lost People (1949)

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Set in the aftermath of World War II, various displaced people (concentration camp and forced labour camp victims) await transportation back to their homelands in a disused German theatre, now a dispersal centre. An inexperienced British Officer arrives, and together with his sergeant, takes control of the situation. However, the displaced people, after uniting against fascism for five years, begin to disintegrate into their own petty feuds: Serb against Croat, Pole against Russian, resistance fighter against collaborator and everyone against the Jews. Two people, Jan and Lily, begin a romance and decide to wed. However, one of the refugees is diagnosed with bubonic plague. The refugees once again unite. Jan and Lilly marry with the aid of a priest who has been tortured. A British army medical officer arrives and, although the man has died, pronounces that it was not the plague but tetanus. There is much relief, however the refugees once again fall into their petty squabbles and the French resistance fighter (Marie) threatens a collaborator with the loss of his farm. Desperate, the collaborator is driven to murder, but kills Lily instead. The British officer, who has tried to impose order all along, carries the body to the stage and confronts the refugees asking them if they really want peace.

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