Barbed Wire

1
France - in the summer 
 of 1914 - under a
cloudless sky.

2
"Father! Brother!"

3
"We'll christen him
      'Jean'."

4
"No - 'Jeannette'!"

5
"Why is the bell ringing?
 It's too early for the
        Angelus."

6
"It won't last a month,
 André. You'll be back
 before the harvest is
        over."

7
"How I wish I were a
 man, to help drive
 back those Germans!"

8
"You're hard, Mona
  - you're hard!"

9
"Don't you hate
  them, too?"

10
"No, Mona - a man who
 has fought through one
 war learns a bitter lesson
     about hatred."

11
"We've decided to use
 your farm. We'll start
 building tomorrow."

12
"The government has
 taken our farm for a
   prison camp -"

13
"- and we have to stay
 here and supply food
      for them."

14
"They ask us to work -
 to feed those who have
 killed our soldiers? Never!"

15
"We have no choice,
 Mona - it is the war."

16
And almost overnight -
 in field and pasture -
spread that thorny weed
 of war - Barbed Wire!

17
"Stop waving! They're
 not our soldiers - they're
   German prisoners!"

18
Prisoner of War.

[dissolves to:]

19
Prisonnier de Guerre.

20
"Oscar, this war will end
 in a month. My brother
 was just drafted - and
 he never holds a job
  more than a month."

21
"Help me rehearse my new
 act so I can book it in
 the Berlin Wintergarten a
   month from Monday."

22
"Here, you fellows who
 want to work! I can use
 four of you on the farm!"

23
"You jump - then I jump
   at the conclusion."

24
"Eins - zwei - drei!"

25
"I'll take you, Hans - you
 seem to be always on
      the jump."

26
"I fell into a job!"

27
"Sergeant, this place is
 getting me! For God's
 sake, give me some 
        work!"

28
"I'll give you the next
        chance."

29
"Bet you my harmonica
 I'll make that French
  girl smile tomorrow."

30
"I don't understand that
 girl. Women always
    laugh at me."

31
"You won this time -
 but I'll make her smile
         yet."

32
"Est-ce que vous voulez
   que je prenne ça?"

[dissolves to:]

33
"Am I to take this?"

34
"I'm taking the place of
 Ludwig - the boy with
 the cough. He died last 
         night."

35
"You speak French very
 well - for a German."

36
"I worked in Paris for
 years, before the war."

37
"A spy - I suppose?"

38
"I'm buying some cows."

39
"But why did you have
 to buy them from
  Pierre Corlet?"

40
"Well, Mona, I won't let
 this war stop me from
 proposing to you again."

41
"My foot keeps me from
 being a soldier, but
 not from being a good
       husband."

42
"That's a pity, Pierre
 Corlet! France needs
 soldiers - and I don't
   need a husband!"

43
And at the front - again
 the wire, barbed and
hideous - stretching over
   tortured ground.

44
"Prosit!"

45
A votre santé!

[dissolves to:]

46
"To your health!"

47
"I'm supposed to hate
 your guts, Frenchy -
 but I'm hanged if I'll
 leave you out here to
        die!"

48
"A serious stroke - but
 if you keep him quiet,
 there's no great danger."

49
"God - I cannot believe
 thou hast deserted us!"

50
"This isn't war!"

51
"You're right, Mona.
 They'll be made to 
     suffer -"

52
"But Thou, O God, shalt bring
 them down into the pit of
 destruction: bloody and deceit-
 ful men shall not live out half
          their days."

53
"It's from Ludwig's mother.
 I'm not allowed to visit 
 his grave. Won't you take
    it there for me?"

54
"It reads, 'My Ludwig,
 with Mother's ever-
    lasting love.'"

55
"She's not the only
 mother who's lost 
       a son."

56
"People who start wars
 must expect to suffer
      for them!"

57
"I can understand your
 pity for the poor devils
 - but your neighbors
 may not. Keep that in
          mind."

58
After a year of war -
  another harvest -
reaped by alien hands.

59
"Give me the watch!
 You'd have to hang
 yourself to make that
     girl smile!"

60
"The cap isn't in very
 good shape - but it
 wasn't in good shape 
   when I got it."

61
"You're too pretty to
 work so hard. Let me
 send you some more 
        help."

62
"And you needn't be
 lonely - evenings."

63
 The morning began
  peacefully - for
Mona.

64 [words appear one at a time rapidly]
"Oskar ist vor ein Kriegsgericht
 gestellt! ... Heute wird verhandelt
 ... Er wird zum Tode verurteilt,
 wenn Sie nicht fuer ihn aussagen!
 ... Kommen Sie schnell und
     retten Sie Oskar! ..."

65
"Qu'est-ce que vous dites?
 Je ne comprends pas -"

66
"Oscar! Oscar!"

67
"- and when I tried
 to prevent his escape,
 he attacked me -"

68
"Understand that being a
 prisoner of war does not
 prejudice this Court
 against you. You will be
  accorded full justice."

69
"Do you admit attacking
     the sergeant?"

70
"Since you offer no
 denial the Court
 sentences you -"

71
"It is not this man you
    should punish -"

72
"- but that one! He
 is a disgrace to the
  uniform he wears!"

73
"Is this true?"

74
"Yes, it is true, sir -
 but I am sorry that
 Mademoiselle has spoken."

75
"She's lying - to save her
      German lover -"

76
"You are under arrest!"

77
"The Court commends
 your conduct - but, in
 the interest of discipline,
 you will be confined to
 the camp for three
       months."

78
"Is it all right, Oscar?"

79
"I knew she'd save him!"

80
"Mademoiselle, you have
 done a brave thing -
 but I'm sorry for you."

81
"Traitor!"

82
"You, a Frenchwoman -
 betraying your own
     countryman!"

83
"Oh, God, I shouldn't
 love him - don't let
    me love him -"

84
War could efface men
 and cities from the
earth - but it could not
tear Christmas from the
       calendar.

85
Peace on earth,
  good will
 toward men.

86
"Your conduct has been
 excellent. You may go
 back to work on the 
         farm."

87
"Listen, Father - they
 are singing our hymn
 with their German
       words."

88
"Both of us singing to
     the same God."

89
"What a brutal sacrilege
     - this war!"

90
"What's coming over you,
 girl? What's happening
 downstairs to change
         you?"

91
"What has happened?"

92
"Your hand is like ice!"

93
"My little sister was killed
 by a bomb from an
    enemy plane."

94
"I had to come to you
 - there was no one else."

95
"Your brother in his
 grave - and you in the
 arms of a German!"

96
"Your father would rise
 from his grave if he
 thought his farm would
 ever go to a German!"

97
"They are making you
 suffer - because they
 hate me. I must not
  come here again."

98
"The war can't last
 forever, Mona - and
 I'll always love you."

99
Months of anxious waiting
  - rumors of a peace
that never comes - and
always the stream of weary
       prisoners.

100
"Now I've won your
    whole band!"

101
"The armistice has
 been signed - the
   war is over!"

102
"Look, you squarehead,
 I made her laugh! Give
  me back my band!"

103
"At last - she smiled!"

104
"You can see her 
   now, Oscar."

105
"I'll write to my old firm
 in Paris. I'm sure they'll
       take me back."

106
The first draft of
 prisoners - -
homeward bound.

107
"And we thought the
   war was over."

108
"I know it's asking a
 great deal, Mona - but
 won't you go with me
    to Germany?"

109
"My mother would
  welcome you."

110
"You'd better write 
 to her, Oscar - there
 may be bitterness in
    Germany, too."

111
"I will, Mona - but I know
 what she'll say. I know
    she'll love you."

112
"This paper says
 Germany has lost
 Alsace to France -
 and I'm from Alsace!"

113
"That makes me a
 Frenchman! I've been
 four years in the
   wrong army!"

114
"I've been thinking, Mona
 - now that peace has
 come, you and I should
     be friends -"

115
"Do you think your
 neighbors will let
  you stay here?"

116
"You'll give him up -
 or we'll drive you 
     both out -"

117
For days, busy tongues
  had been spreading
Corlet's gospel of hate.

118
"I'll give her ten minutes
 to decide whether she'll 
 give up her lover - or go!"

119
"My own people -
 driving me from
    my home!"

120
"Oscar, take me away
 from them - take me
    to Germany!"

121
"My mother writes - 'tell
 her that if she comes to
 Germany she will be
 treated as an outcast' -"

122
"- 'I would die of shame
 if you married her' -"

123
"My mother - my own
 mother - wrote that!"

124
"Oscar, you must go back
 to her. Our love killed
 my father. We must not 
 let it kill your mother."

125
"Do you think I could
 leave you - with them?"

126
"I won't give you up,
 Mona. I won't let their
 hate take you from me!"

127
"My country won't have
 you - your country
 won't have me! Where
    are we to go?"

128
"Your time is up! Either
 that German goes - or
        you go!"

129
"I'll go, Mona! I can't
 let you sacrifice
 everything for me!"

130
"Oscar, we'll go 
   together!"

131
"This is your house."

132
"Your sister has
 disgraced you!"

133
"Do you dare face him -
 with your German lover?"

134
"Please - take me to 
       Mona!"

135
"See what your lover's
 people have done to
    your brother!"

136
"We thought you 
   were dead."

137
"Where is this German 
   they speak of?"

138
"Now we'll see!"

139
"To you he is a strange
 and hateful being - I feel
 only another man like
         myself -"

140
"- with a good,
   kind face."

141
"He's mad! He's
 shell-shocked!"

142
"I came home, to my
 own people to find
     peace -"

143
"- instead, I find a 
 bitter hatred in your
      hearts -"

144
"- a hatred strong
 enough to start
  another war!"

145
"Has the war taught
 you nothing? Have you
  forgotten the dead?"

146
"Can't you see them -
 can't you feel them -
 the dead of all nations -"

147
"- millions of them -
 crying out to the world
  that there be peace!"

148
"We must not let them
 feel that they've died
       in vain!"

149
"We must wipe out the
 bitterness in our hearts 
 and replace it with love!"

150
"Sister -"

151
"- brother!"

The 
   End

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