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4.0 out of 5 stars The joy of socks, 13 April 2011
This review is from: Ill Met By Moonlight [DVD] [1957] (DVD)
This film - Powell and Pressburger's last - is a surprisingly restrained little piece, based on the wartime exploits of Patrick Leigh Fermor (in finest Scarlet Pimpernel style) on Crete. Contrary to popular opinion, NONE of the action was filmed on Crete, with France, Italy and Pinewoood Studios doing their best as substitutes.

The story of the kidnapping of a German general is an involving one, and enlivened by spotting well-known faces in blink-and-you'll-miss-them minor roles such as John Cairney (as a Cretan), Christopher Lee (as a German officer) and David McCallum as a sailor with a single line of dialogue in his first film. There are neat humorous touches in the story-telling, including ongoing 'boot-envy' between characters, which leads to one character ending the film in their socks.

The print isn't quite as pristine as others have made out, and there are points in the middle of the film where the right hand side of the image is distinctly faded, but it is perfectly acceptable. The suitably rousing score by Mikis Theodorakis, prior to his overnight fame with Zorba The Greek [DVD] a few years later (which WAS largely filmed on Crete) is the icing on a very enjoyable cake.
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