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« #15 : December 22, 2007, 01:08:30 PM »

Imagine a film about sheep drovers in the Australian Outback. Now imagine it being shot on location but with a cast largely imported from Hollywood. Add to this a story that includes wildfires, childbirth under difficult conditions, and a sheep shearing contest. Finally, imagine this as a Disney production, complete with nature photography and an almost suspenseful race-track climax, and youíve pretty much got The Sundowners (1960).

Not that Disney actually had anything to do with this Fred Zinneman film, but olí Walt would have been proud to put his name to it. Yes, itís that dull. The main conflict is over whether the itinerant family will give up their wandering ways and settle down. Yowza! The footloose dad is played by Robert Mitchum with an atrocious Aussie accent. Deborah Kerr, with a better but not-quite-convincing accent, is the long-suffering mom (reportedly, for the sake of greater realism, she did the entire film without make-up (i.e. without film make-up; this wouldnít necessarily mean she didnít use her personal mascara). Thereís also a 14 year old son (whose golly-gee take in every scene is annoying). Peter Ustinov plays the loveable curmudgeon they pick up along the way. Uggghhhh!

Not much of a film but at least the local fauna are worth a look:




Okay, so itís almost like a Disney picture.

From which we learn todayís lesson: even when the filmís a turkey, the presence of Miss Kerr provides at least some interest.



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« #16 : April 07, 2012, 04:02:38 PM »

Sir Chris on The Innocents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7HSpJbCIW4&feature=relmfu

UPDATE: the video has been taken down on youtube. It's still available on the BFI edition of The Innocents.

« : February 15, 2014, 06:59:21 PM dave jenkins »


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