Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sahara

Zoltan Korda, 1943, bw (7.4*)
Excellent war adventure, as Humphrey Bogart leads a stranded tank squad to a hidden water well in North Africa. Eventually they have to face about 500 Nazis (thankfully with no tanks), who are also searching for water. This becomes a tight, suspenseful story, with very good bw cinematography and is generally one of the oft-overlooked WW2 films. Propagandistic at times, sure, but for 1943 that's to be expected; at least some Nazi officers were bilingual and intelligent.

Note: Definitely NOT to be confused with the 2005 Matthew McConaughey adventure that is lighter than popcorn by comparison (and a waste of time to me).

1 comments:

Ed Floyd,  January 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM  

This movie gives the Lee/Grant tank pcourse shedrsmrobably the best press it ever received.
Ed Floyd, Texas

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