PG | | Drama, War
This film was released sixty-nine years after its source short story "The Duel: A Military Story", a.k.a. "The Point of Honor", by Joseph Conrad was published in 1908. The story was serialized in 1908 in Britain's Pall Mall Magazine, and in the same year in the U.S., under the title "The Point of Honor" in the periodical "Forum". It was also, in 1908, collected as part of the "A Set of Six" anthology, and this was published in 1924.
The duellist demands satisfaction. Honour, for him, is an appetite. This story is about an eccentric kind of hunger. It is a true story and begins in the year that Napoleon Bonaparte became ruler of France.
In the opening scene, Harvey Keitel's character's sword strikes home in the upper chest (near the heart) of his opponent, then the film cuts to a side view of the opponent depicting the sword as having entered his stomach area.
Opening credits prologue: STRASBOURG 1800
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