It is the only war film since All Quiet on the Western Front to make any real attempt to show violence at close quarters and its physical and psychological effects. It is a devastating sequence in a devastating film. Needless to say, it has little in common with the moral vacuum of Platoon or the aerial high- jinks of Memphis Belle. Come and See is that rare thing, a genuine anti-war film. Perhaps for that reason it is largely unknown over here.
Alex Cox's film 'Death and the Compass' plays in the BBC 2 ScreenPlay season next Wednesday at 9.30pm