Sunday, February 17, 2013

Damn the Defiant

Antique 1962 gem that turned up from Netflix.  A deep sea, age of fighting sail, sea story.  With Alec Guiness in the Royal Navy as captain of HMS defiant, with a nasty first lieutenant played by Dirk Bogarde.  Made in England.  Great sets and costumes.  Real sailing ships, billowing sails, towering rigging needing climbing.  Broadside to broadside action.  Guiness is his usual self, breathing life into the part.  Beautiful sound work, fine photography, in color, plenty of light, steady camera, sharp focus. A fun flick.

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