Sunday, October 13, 2013

1962 - THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, boring remake of a silent film success.


This is an elaborate remake of a silent film success which started Latin type Rudolph Valentino.  No expense was apparently sparred by MGM.  The film lost a lot of money


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is the usual miscast mess with Glenn Ford playing an Argentine playboy.  Ford's a member of a rich land owning family which has Lee J. Cobb as the patriarch giving a hammy and fortunately short performance.  Part of the family are European German's for some reason and since this film is set during World War II they are also evil Nazis.  Ford ends up partying in Paris during the war and falls in love with Ingrid Thulin a Swedish actress who was known for working with Ingmar Bergman.  Thulin plays a French woman of course, MGM glamored her up and also ended up dubbing her voice with Angela "Mrs Potts" Lansbury.  You can already see the train wreck coming.

 

Vincente Minnelli was under contract to MGM and was hired to direct.  Minnelli was known for stylish musicals and over blown if entertaining melodramas so he wasn't the worse choice for this film.  However Minnelli wasn't exactly on his game with this film.  He clearly didn't respond to the actors and most of his interest seems to be in photographing very expense but phoney looking sets and pretty on location shots of Paris. 

This film runs over two hours and seems to consist entirely of Glenn Ford and Ingrid Thulin walking around Paris and constantly talking that love talk stuff they liked to do in these old films.

An expensive big budget disaster that is a companion piece to MGM's other wreck of a remake, Mutiny on the Bounty.

153 minutes.

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