1 May 2012 | drystyx
Representatitve of the era
The fifties was undeniably the golden age of Hollywood. Not only are the fifties unsurpassed in cinematic splendor, it is also a decade that would unsurpassed in three dimensional characters for four decades.
This is cinematic splendor and old fashioned British pride. What's important to note is that the "British pride" is not the Hollywood establishment that liars make it out to be.
Take this film, for instance. It is a lavish portrayal of British officers decked out without a taint, in colonial India, "helping" the poor people against oppressive native leaders.
And this isn't as far from the truth as the hypocrites of the next four decades would have you believe. The white man has always been the "bad guy" in Hollywood movies. The exceptions, even before 1960, still amount to less than 5%.
Except for the horrendous "Arrowhead", almost every Western ever made depicts the native Americans as mostly people who try to get along, who have dignity, and the truly evil people are unscrupulous white men.
Here, we have as even a number as one can find. The women are all honorable. About one third of the British are bad apples, about one third of the Indians. One third of the British are heroic, and so are one third of the Indians.
All this said, it is humorous to see the British splendor, and you almost expect Monty Python to show Rock Hudson needing to use a latrine. The uppity up British are just so impeccable.
They do have character, though. More on the level of two dimension than one or three. This has a big budget look, and is very escapist, no matter what nationality you are.