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A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.
A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.
John Laurie John Clements Ralph Richardson June Duprez Allan Jeayes Jack Allen Donald Gray C. Aubrey Smith Frederick Culley Clive Baxter Robert Rendel Archibald Batty Derek Elphinstone Hal Walters Norman Pierce Henry Oscar Amid Taftazani Peter Cozens Christopher Cozier Joe Cozier Joseph Cozier Alexander Knox Hay Petrie Leslie Phillips Josephine Wilson Jack Lambert
September the 3rd, 1939: the British Commonwealth declares war against Nazi aggressors storming Poland from the start of the month. With the Phony War phase of profuse war-time procrastination under way, what derring-do did the gallant lads and lasses of Great Britain do?!
They went to the theaters and watched The Four Feathers—in droves, of course. It had already been released a month before, but now it had become London Film's biggest success since The Private Life of Henry VIII. If that isn't perfect timing for a propaganda epic like this film, then I don't know what perfect timing is.
But it's no simple propaganda film.
The Four Feathers ia movie at war with itself over the way it presents…
The first sound version of The Four Feathers (1939). The last silent filming of A.E.W. Mason's novel done in 1929 was Hollywood's last silent blockbuster before they went all sound. This movie made 10 years later was a grand production done by the Korda Brothers in the UK with extended exotic shooting in Sudan, looks and feels superior. A wonderful film.
Setting the tone right away C. Aubrey Smith is used perfectly as boasting military retiree telling stories of the old wars, and clearly establishing John Clements as a non-believer of the military humanitarian philosophy. Clements does a natural performance in the lead role and let the other characters bring more color to the personalities, where Ralph Richardson comes in…
A tale of cowardness and bravery. The scale in which this film is told is impressive and it culminates in a fine battle with many extras and explosives involved. At the same, and slightly contradictory to what I have just said, it is often a rather staid affair, probably the British stiff upper lip attitudes on display in the film. So whilst impressed with it to a certain degree I have to say that the only character I was really involved with was that of Durrance. With his character becoming blind due to sunstroke. I felt Ralph Richardson gave the best performance in the film and it is no surprise that he is the one name that stands out on…
Kind of ridiculous at times, the film starts out with a discussion amongst old men how war was truly war in their day. They exalt a bunch of dead soldiers simply for being killed in battle. The scene seems silly, almost a parody, but is played sincere, since this is a movie about courage. But honestly, given the horrors these men are describing (at a child's birthday dinner, no less!), its no wonder wonder our hero, Faversham, resigns from the army once he has the freedom to do so.
Of course resigning from the army means, at least in British society circa. 1890s he's a big coward. So Faversham, goes about winning back the respect of his mates and fiancee…
The Four Feathers is a story that has been transferred to screen many times, but before watching this Oscar nominated 1939 version, I had only seen the mediocre at best 2002 version starring Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson. Based on the novel by AEW Mason, the 1939 adaptation, directed by Zoltan Korda (The Thief of Bagdad), also has an all star cast including the likes of John Clements (Oh What a Loely War), Ralph Richardson (Time Bandits) and C. Aubrey Smith (Rebecca, Kidnapped).
Clements plays Harry Faversham, a man who was born into one of Britain's most distinguished military backgrounds and to make his father proud he joins the army with three friends of his: John Durrance (Richardson); General Burroughs…
I've never quite understood why Faversham needs to redeem himself in disguise. Makes for a more cracking story, obviously, but it's pretty nonsensical—he scars himself for life and undergoes all manner of hardship to achieve the same respect he'd likely have gotten simply by re-enlisting. (And why carry on the charade when he and Durrance are alone for days on end, with the latter stumbling around blind? That just seems daft. Certainly he 'fesses up quickly to the other two when circumstances demand it. Most of his decisions seem to be made with a reader/viewer in mind.) What would be challenging as well as rousing is the implication that he's able to behave more recklessly, and hence more heroically,…
Довольно скучно начавщаяся драма из жизни английской аристократии вдруг выливается в полноценный экшн, на который любо-дорого смотреть, пусть и снят он в 1939. Битвы с масштабными массовками, костюмы, погони. В который раз убеждаюсь, что для несостаявшегося Каннского кинофестиваля в 1939 году, выбрали более чем достойных конкурсантов, чего нельзя сказать о многих современных участниках.
Not bad, I just literally have nothing to say.
A boring beginning, filled with asshole aristocrats who I didn't care about, was overshadowed by a decent adventure with some subtlety imbued throughout.
And then the cheesy ending came.
I'm kind of mixed on this.
Gorgeous veneer covers up some hugely dumb (and not in the fun way) material.
Move over "Gunga Din" and "Beau Geste" there's a new flick in town (at least to me) and it just dropped you down a peg, an absolutely splendid adventure tale with spectacle and emotional heft that put it in the front ranks of the genre. The surprisingly durable effectiveness of Victorian melodrama and the tremendous location work and battle sequences shot in Technicolor would be enough to make this a new favorite, but Ralph Richardson's stupendous performance elevates it even further.
An obvious precursor to Lawrence in that both have complicated protagonists on unlikely epic quests set in britains colonial Muslim populated regions .. Feathers is complex the protagonist favisham is a coward or he's not a coward but is afraid of how he will react under stress or he simply rejects the fate thrust on him by birth and culture at the most disgraceful moment possible .. The latter two are apparently true but favisham never displays any unbecoming instances of cowardice or even nerves he is almost superhuman . .. He acts the way he does after resignation because .. He is out to prove the white feathers cultural pressures he grew up in are bogus or .. Because…
In his masterly adaptation of Mason’s book, screenwriter R. C. Sherriff focuses ruthlessly on British traditions that box in the hero, shatter his confidence, and compel him to resign his commission.
Faversham genuinely abhors what he calls his country’s “idiotic Egyptian adventure.” He views the British pursuit of glory in India, Africa, and China as a way for imperialists to escape domestic responsibilities.
By the end, Faversham becomes the bravest and most resourceful of all British soldiers in North Africa. He does so by devising his own odyssey. The movie counterpoints his fate with that of his totally square friend, Captain John Durrance.... [who] exemplifies military virtue: he is smart, gallant, and commanding. But Durrance ends up blind and bereft,…
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