15 January 2002 | JuguAbraham
Insignificant work of Jules Dassin
I saw the film because of the director, Jules Dassin. Dassin has made much better films in later years. I thought there was quite a lot of resemblance in Joan Crawford's performance if compared to that of Dassin's wife Melina Mercourri in the later works of the director, especially "Dream of Passion." Did he like to make the leading ladies passionate, tender and honest? I will know if I will get to see all his films. I thought Philip Dorn or Fritz van Donitz had an impressive screen presence and totally overshadowed John Wayne. I also liked John Carradine, but neither Carradine could sound like a German nor Crawford a Frenchwoman. The greatest flaw in the film was pronunciations of the characters. Yet the film was credible--thanks to the director. It was good to spot Ava Gardner in an unbilled role. Even with all its flaws, the film was good to watch just once.