Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?.Written by
Jeremy Perkins <email@example.com>
The original 1961 road show release, used Technicolor prints made in London, which gave the film eye-popping clarity, and disguised many of the imperfections of the sets and special effects. When it came time to turn out mass runs of prints for the general release, Columbia Pictures shipped the original negative to a bargain-rate lab in New York City, where it was reconfigured for normal Eastmancolor printing. This meant re-cutting the negative to insert standard opticals to approximate the Technicolor process' smooth dissolves, et cetera. No preservation separations were made, and the negative wasn't properly protected. Poor-quality dupe sections were soon patched in to replace damaged pieces of the negative. Eventually, two entire reels would have to be replaced in this way, after that New York City lab accidentally destroyed the originals through handling errors. Columbia Pictures also discarded the film's original sound elements and stereo tracks. A collector's magnetic print was used to recover the original four channel stereo mix. See more »
When a German truck is driven to a spot where there is an ambush waiting, a grenade is thrown and the truck blows up. However, you can see the truck move slightly, where the film crew have moved the original truck, and then put in a dummy or mock-up truck which can be blown up. See more »
Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea have given birth to many myths and legends of war and adventure. And these once-proud stones, these ruined and shattered temples bear witness to the civilization that flourished and then died here and to the demigods and heroes who inspired those legends on this sea and these islands. But, though the stage is the same, ours is a legend of our own times, and its heroes are not demigods, but ordinary people. In 1943, so the story goes, 2000 ...
See more »
Opening credits prologue: The first day 02.00 Hours An Allied Airfield somewhere in the Middle East See more »
Copies with different colour credits exists. The most common ones proclaiming "Eastmancolor by Pathé" while others says "Technicolor". See more »
I won't repeat what others have said. My short take: It's one of the best action films and one of the best ensemble films ever made.
What I noticed on first viewing was how quiet it is. Many scenes take place without dialog or score, merely background noises like wind, feet crunching gravel, and the like. Some of the tensest scenes are made more so by our hearing only what the characters would hear. For example, early on in the film, the lead characters undergo a storm at sea and approach a dangerous narrows, and until the scene's climax, all we hear are howling wind, driving rain, and slamming waves.
A musical score tells viewers how they are supposed to feel and often telegraphs shifts in plot or mood. As used in this film, the absence of music heightens the drama and makes the action more immediate. What score there is is thus more effective, earning its composer an Academy Award.
22 of 26 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this