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This film highlights the antisemitism that still existed after the second world war without bashing Arabs and Muslims. The land the Jews in the story were residing in at the time later in the movie was provided to them by an Arab. This movie isn't for ever one, and is quite long, however those who are interested in the film will love it.
The best inspiring movie ever made! With the best movie score ever composed!
Dispels the aromatic jihadi propaganda
Otto Preminger was clearly having an off-day when he cast blond blue-eyed Paul Newman as the Jewish renegade leading a horde of refugees into Palestine at the birth of Israel. Incoherent, endless, turgidly written, directed and acted - this is at times exasperating cinema. Sal Mineo is the only performer to emerge with credit. Extraordinary to realise this was made in the same year as Psycho and shares the same screenwriter as Spartacus (Dalton Trumbo).
Preminger's ambitious chronicle of the formation of the State of Israel contains some stirring moments, but as an epic it's too sprawling, overlong, and lacks dramatic center.
A troubling historical drama which entwines the birth of a nation with the ugly truth that nearly every country is born of violence & personal loss - even the USA.
A neverending story...
Powerful, well-done film for its time done by Otto Preminger and written by Dalton Trumbo. It has a few too many of the problems of the era to quite get up to an 8 round-off rating. There are acting issues and some forced/contrived sequences. It's also long - 3.5 hours. But the ideas are good. I assume a lot of the credit goes to Leon Uris for the book - I don't know for sure - but whatever, it's good. 7.2 out of 10
3 ½ hours. Well done for 1960.
Complicated story remains today.
Who's country is it?
Though adapted by Dalton Trumbo and directed by Otto Preminger, this Zionist epic on the founding of Israel in 1948 is ambitious but regretfully underwhelming.