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The best movie score ever composed!
a nice movie that reminds me of march or die
On a technical front, in terms of its editing and writing and set pieces, this is a strikingly well-crafted film, both entertaining and thoughtful. Yet it also reflects an Americanism of such deep and lasting conviction that the flaws inherent to that politics run through the film, casting a dull shadow upon its lighter and more aesthetic elements. The casting of Sean Connery, for example, as a suave Moroccan rebel and historically important figure, smacks of the worst sort of anglocentrism and white washing, even if the actor himself does a fine job in the role. While it may go down smooth, that only serves to obscure the imperialist ideology and rigid gender structures (and anthrocentrism, considering the animal abuse that got the film pulled from the UK in its original run) that inform the film from top to bottom.
a man named Raisul(i) & he is magnificent, sounds real enough
The three battle scenes are very good. The rest of the time, you're in a losing battle to get past the idea that Sean Connery is playing a middle eastern.
An old favourite of mine from the screenwriter of Apocalypse Now. Loosely based on real events (Candice Bergen's character was actually a man). In some ways it's just a throwaway adventure, but it's made more memorable by the strong cast - particularly Keith and Connery as the titular wind and lion." It's a bit of a throwback to the era when Hollywood leading men were cast as mysterious and romantic sheikhs and the Arab world was viewed as an exotic land of adventure. Criticism of whitewashing and fear of Islamic terrorism rather put pay to that genre but, though it wouldn't get made today, this movie stands as a little gem from a bygone era.
The sheer ridiculousness of Sean Connery as an Arab prevented this film from being anything other than absurd for me.
Although it's no classic, The Wind and the Lion was certainly an entertaining film. It looks as though the film-makers to make a film in the style of those old adventure films from the 1950's and 1960's, and this approach works quite well, even though it seems to gloss over the premise of nations almost starting a world war over a woman and her kids. Never mind the fact that the narrative swings between a political crisis and its romanticized case of Stockholm syndrome. The performances are really good, and it's especially hard to resist Sean Connery's performance as Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli. However, it's quite hard to sympathize with a majority of the cast. Of course, the film's central narrative is about a woman who gets kidnapped and eventually realizes that her captor is more well-educated and honourable than she thought. In that sense, it works to good effect, since Raisuli is a genuinely likeable character in the film. Topped off with nice-looking visuals and well-choreographed action scenes, this is a film that's dramatic, humorous and fun, despite its flaws.
Movie making in the old style, with broad brush strokes substituting for detail (and Sean Connery as an Arab chieftain), here is the tale wherein hostages grow to care for their kidnappers. Connery is dashing as the bandit and Candice Bergen is sufficiently outraged at first, until she begins to admire the head chopping sheik who burbles those classic words of love, "You're a great deal of trouble, Mrs. Pedecaris," in a Scottish brogue. Okay, so there's some points of quibbling here, yet and still the overall effort is an winning one, successfully engaging the viewers into something akin to majesty. I like this politically incorrect bit of dash.
The story of how a woman (played by Candice Bergen) and her two children are taken prisoner in Morocco by a band of Berbers (whose leader is played by Sean Connery). This starts a major incident as US President Theodore Roosevelt (played by Brian Keith) sending warships and troops to the area to rescue them.
Much more than a war/action-drama, the movie is funny and nuanced. The Berbers aren't necessarily the bad guys. There is a lightness to this which makes it much more enjoyable than if it were a straight action movie.
Much of this lightness comes from the scenes involving President Roosevelt. Brian Keith is brilliant in the role, portraying Roosevelt as a man of action, conviction and profundity, and great humour too. How Keith did not get an Oscar nomination, I do not know.