Film details

Alternative titles

  • DESERTER Alternative
  • SUNDAY Alternative
  • NOMADS Alternative
  • PILGRIMS Alternative
  • POUTNICI Alternative
  • Il DISERTORE E I NOMADI Alternative


THE DESERTER (segment I) A film against violence. A young soldier escapes from the horror of battlefield towards his country village, only to find violence there too, symbolised by the bloody killing of a pig. SUNDAY (segment II) Czechoslovakia during World War II. A farm is occupied by Russian partisans trying to sabotage Nazi troops in the neighbourhood. An itinerant egg seller is shot by the Russians as a spy. News arrive that the war is over. A German patrol enters the village and engages the Russians in a bloody battle. The film episode ends with a sequence showing the return of Soviet tanks to Czechoslovakia. THE NOMADS (segment III) Nuclear war is apparently raging on the earth. A handful of people including a young girl, all in rags or completely naked are in a fall-out shelter. The "White Hussar" (from segment 1) is there too and says he is Death. The girl wants to protect him from the others who want to get rid of him, and in exchange he leads her to the surface of the Earth which is denuded of any trace of life. The girl dies in a deserted windmill. The old man continues his search for people but soon he, too, dies.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top