Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers is a 1939 adventure film. It stars John Clements, June Duprez, and Ralph Richardson. It's based on a 1902 book by the same name, which has been adapted for film several times. This is generally recognized as the best of them. Accused of cowardice, a man seeks to prove himself.

BFI Screen Online says it's "satisfying as a war film, with stirring battle scenes -the jailbreak sequence is spectacular- and a spirit of breathless boy's own adventure throughout". DVD Talk says, "The film presents an intriguingly ambivalent attitude toward military life. Army traditions are exalted, yet the hero is a conscientious individualist unwilling to go to war" and calls it "the perfect film to initiate a discussion of codes of honor." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 100%. TCM has an overview.

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