The Cross of Lorraine (12-Nov-1943)|
Director: Tay Garnett
Writers: Robert Aisner; Robert D. Andrews; Lilo Dammert; Alexander Esway; Michael Kanin; Ring Lardner, Jr.
From novel: A Thousand Shall Fall by Hans Habe
Keywords: Drama, WWII
Review by Alex Costa (posted on 22-Dec-2007)
Indeed we know this was a propaganda movie (we were in 1943) but the
less careful choice of actors (Gene Kelly is great but with that
american accent he would not certainly be a french soldier, Peter Lorre
plays a somewhat ridiculous german sub-officer and Cedric Hawdrick
playing the priest give the bad conotation of a movie about French POWs
....and basically only one the actors is French) and uncertain
direction and production does not pay of. A pity. As a plot, more
dramatic and even more cruel than other POW movies (Great Escape,
etc) but misses the action, sequence and ingredients we would expect.
Conclusion: a movie to keep in our collection of war movies as a
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