Valerio Zurlini’s melancholy final film (1976) is a psychological drama about a pan-European group of officers, stationed at an outpost along the eastern edge of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who cling to the rigid military values of a crumbling order as they await an enemy that may not even exist. Using an austere, almost abstract mise-en-scene (distinguished by Luciano Tovoli’s stark cinematography), Zurlini parallels the labyrinth of the soldiers’ sandstone fortress with their interior state, an unbearable ennui that ends only in madness or death. With Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Fernando Rey, and Vittorio Gassman. 148 min.