El Cid (Anthony Mann, 1961)


Jun-Dai and Lucía at home on 26 and 29 December 2012.

Enjoyable as these sorts of Hollywood epics go (complete with overture, intermission, and exit music). A bit of a disappointment from Anthony Mann, though I doubt he had that much control over the film, really. A far cry from his noir masterpieces, anyhow.

Sophia Loren was at her best when she was cold and stone-faced, and at her worst when she was amorous or distraught. Charlton Heston was his usual Ben Hur self.

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