The General Died at Dawn (2-Sep-1936)|
Director: Lewis Milestone
Writers: Charles G. Booth; Clifford Odets
Keywords: Action/Adventure, China
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Review by Krishna Kumar Menon Chennai(Madras), India (posted on 16-Jul-2008)
The General Died at Dawn is a masterpiece that is forgotten since it does not comply with the usual expectations that one has of "The Coop"-Gary Cooper.
The movie is an atmospheric retelling of the period of turmoil of the China of the 30s as one would like it to be and the acting of Gary Cooper, Madelaine Carroll & Akim Tamiroff are excelent. The situations created are equalled by un-matched B&W photography.
The characterisations are superb - the American soldier of fortune who is idealistic in his approach, the General (barbaric as all Orientals were picturised in the 30s), the typical American using all means in his reach to make his millions, the distraught daughter who is unable to hide her feelings to the man she has to seduce to appease her father ALL TOP CLASS.
The direction as one would expect from Lewis Milestone is impeccable and the morose distinct photography is un-paralled.
Altogether a must see film but needs to be seiously viewed with attention to the period.
Krishna Kumar Menon
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