Friday, December 2, 2011

Gone With The Fuzzy-Wuzzys: The Four Feathers from Criterion (1939)**1/2

While it’s inherently unfair to apply today’s standards to a screenplay of this vintage, even the most tolerant appraisal would have to conclude that, despite its historical basis, this Four Feathers is guilty of excessive condescension and aggressive pandering. The film’s storyline simply isn’t believable, and its three acts range from sentimental to melodramatic to outright preposterous.


Retro Hound said...

I don't know if I've seen this, or part of this, or if the feathers thing was used in an Erroll Flynn movie, but parts of it sound familiar.

Bunched Undies said...

RH: Four Feathers has been remade at least 6 times, although I find no record of Flynn being in any of them. The nature of the material was certainly tailor made for him.

Retro Hound said...

Well, I've probably seen part of one of them and saw Flynn the same week. ;-)