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One good reason for staying off cruise liners...,
This review is from: A Countess From Hong Kong [DVD] (DVD)
.....Is that you can avoid being shown this film and having to go for a long walk to get away from it- without drowning!
Just for the record, whenever a film was released as directed by CHARLES Chaplin, as here, all the absurd pomposity he sometimes wallowed in is guaranteed to spoil the end product. This was his first film for a decade or so, and it's that, not his age per se, that spoils things.
Neither of the leads are made for this sort of cod-Terrence Rattigan drawing room social crisis posing as a romantic movie, but with all the cliches in here, it's difficult to think of anyone who would be comfortable. OK,there's no chemistry between Brando & Loren, but that isn't the problem-neither character is remotely believable nor sufficiently sympathetic enough for you to suspend disbelief long enough to engage your interest. To be fair to them, at this stage,Brando was on a downhill slope which only the Godfather would reverse, Loren had just survived tax-avoidance scandals, so both might have been desperate or drunk enough to take the parts.
There is no intrinsic reason why even something as antedeluvianly dated as this film is, still couldn't have exerted some charm or grace upon you. I'm afraid it didn't in 1966, and, even now, in my mature days, it still looks, sounds and tastes like a turkey the size of the Andes-avoid it, unless you need an extra coaster or frisbee for the dog!