An archival movie that has not aged well. A story about religious faith where the devil seems to thrive among the nuns and the priest sent to deal with this is unable to come to terms with this overt power that appears to over power God. At one point, he even seeks out the counsel of the town rabbi. I found the faith issues brought forth in the film to be boring and pedantic.
A very nicely constructed period piece if one likes a nice conspiracy story of subterfuge. If one is familiar with the story of the historical characters it pays to ignore some of the inaccuracies of certain facts, but the acting is fine with Vanessa Redgrave playing a great Queen Elizabeth with her real life daughter playing a younger randy Elizabeth and Rafe Spall playing a wonderfully pompous and bumbling Shakespeare.
This cinema verite styled drama fails to capture a sense of passionate and connecting love it tries to illustrate is possible despite a variety of obstacles. I saw it as a couple of people simply making bad choices in their lives one right after another unable to come to a clear focus about their lives something that I find boring unless there is a real spark of compelling emotion that I found totaling lacking in this film.
A wonderful homage to the world of silent cinema. The start of the movie played with some old worn out cliches and humor but was soon replaced by a wonderful blend of drama and humor taking full advantage of the limitations set by intertitles and having no sound. And it's a film about a friendship that lasts for years, an uncommon feature in most current films.
Went to a rare screening of this film in the original three projector louvered curved screen technology. I can see why this technology was so short lived. The seams show, the use of three reels where the color deteriorates at different speeds is evident. However, the film itself is a magnificent epic of the trials and tribulations of the early westward settlers. But I found it hard to imagine that Debbie Reynolds and Carroll Baker were the daughters of Karl Malden. Great scripting that provided not only drama but even some light humor. Walter Brennan gets to play against type as an evil bastard in this film.