He was an opponent to the Nazi regime, but was finally forced to put on a uniform.
Supposedly he married an actress who was Jewish on one side of her family (their daughter was born in '44) and got in more trouble because of that. In the latter days of the War, they had to hide out in the woods outside of Vienna from both Germans and the Russians.
Sadly he got more and more depressed and started to drink (even) more and after his differences with Truffaut during the filming of 'Farenheit 451.'
A fantastic actor and role in that movie. Farenheit is one of my favourite movies as well (but then Im also a Science Fiction afficinado and Ray Bradbury fan). Ive lost track of how many times, Ive seen it.
A milestone of a movie, though not many seem to watch it anymore. None that I know of anyways.
Shaw might be a capable actor and played as directed in the spirit of the time. He can hardly be faulted for that and I kind of like him as an actor (who doesnt remember his loatsome character in the 'The Sting').
Some movie characters stand the test of time, but Shaws role in BOTB is in retrospect one of those roles, which today is almost a parody or a joke on how Nazi toughs and Prussian officers were perceived.
Fonda is not bad in the movie. In fact Fonda is good on a bad day!
Even in the stinker of a movie 'Once Upon A Time In The West' (which is one of the most overrated movies EVER!), Fonda acts well.
But Blech is by far the best most succesful character and the one with most 'depth' or layers in that movie.
Conrad is clearly fed up with it all and just wants to go home after having seen a lot of action in the War.