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When a modern-day girl faces a big challenge in her life, her mother teaches her about the power of fasting by sharing the story of a heroine from the Bible.

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When a modern-day girl faces a big challenge in her life, her mother teaches her about the power of fasting by sharing the story of a heroine from the Bible.

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More functional than inspirational
23 May 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

1960's Esther and the King may well be the very worst of 20th Century Fox's CinemaScope Biblical epics, but even in its tax shelter production line way it soars head-and-shoulders over One Night with the King. There's certainly talent behind the camera – Raoul Walsh directing, producing and co-writing, Francesco Lavagnino scoring and Mario Bava director of photography – yet despite the Hollywood talent it plays like any one of a dozen Italian sword-and-sandals saga (the film was shot in Italy with an Italian crew). Part of it is the film's look, but a big part of it is the way it sounds: with only three of the leads seeming to use their own voices, most of the Italian cast either can't pronounce any but the most basic English words or are dubbed by the same people who'd go from dubbing Steve Reeves movies to every other paella Western you've ever seen. Mind you, Richard Egan mispronounces a lot of his dialogue and he's American, so has no excuse. Yet while he's pretty woefully inadequate at anything that requires acting or much more than standing looking confident in a Charles Atlas advert kind of way, there's something about how bad he is that makes it just impossible to dislike him. If anything you feel sorry for him being planted in a job he's so clearly not up to while admiring his determination to give it a try anyway. Luckily, Joan Collins' Esther is pretty good and the story is strong enough to survive direlogue like "You've plundered your last helpless village!" even if the film is more functional than inspirational.


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