THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI: David Lean, the gifted English director of Brief Encounter and Breaking the
Sound Barrier, has done an even more impressive job on this exciting, ironic and compassionate adventure-drama. Anti-war in sentiment but brimming with deeds of plausible valor, it centres around the personality of a stiff-necked British colonel (Alec Guinness) whose career ends ingloriously in the mud of a Japanese prison camp in Siam. Geoffrey Horne is a bewildered Commandoman who tangles with him. Hollywood's William Holden is a sardonic Ameiican sailor among the prisoners. Guinness’ performance deserves the Academy award, and so does the film itself, a superb achievement in every respect.
MERRY ANDREW: The new Danny Kaye comedy isn’t the best he has ever done but it’s a genial and funny show. This time our man is a mild English schoolteacher who accidentally joins a circus.
PATHS OF GLORY: Customers impatient of anything but escapist entertainment on the screen may be harshly jolted by this bleak and powerful antimilitarism drama. For less narrow viewers, it s a picture that should not be missed. A shocking incident in the French army during the 1914-18 war is recounted here, with Kirk Douglas as a decent colonel trapped between ruthless generals.
THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME: I don’t happen to enjoy Mario Lanza's brand of hammy, self-infatuated vocalism, and his acting is much worse than his singing. Customers who dote on him, however, may well find the tenors “comeback” film an item to cherish, because it’s precisely the mixture as before. The story has two heroines, the city of Rome and a signorina named Marisa Allasio; both are lovely to look at.
TORERO!: The famous matador Luis Procuna portrays himself in his screen biography, a Mexican film which is almost certainly the finest ever made about bullfighting.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
All Mine to Give: Drama. Fair.
April Love. Comedy-drama. Good. Bolshoi Ballet: Russian dancers in London. Excellent.
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