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Ari Ben Canaan, capo di un'organizzazione clandestina israeliana, riesce a far imbarcare seicento profughi ebrei su una nave commerciale liberandoli da un campo di prigionia a Cipro con l'intento di raggiungere la Palestina. L'esercito britannico scopre immediatamente il piano e ne ordina il rientro immediato. Ari e il suo gruppo rifiutano coraggiosamente di arrendersi, rischiando la loro vita per una causa più importante: l'indipendenza di Israele.
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It was a formidable task trying to transfer the huge novel to the screen, and it isn't completely successful. Newman is an odd choice, but gives a good performance as the stalwart hero. Saint is completely wrong for her part; she's unattractive and unappealing. The script doesn't help either; their so-called romance is practically non-existent. Sal Mineo was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his convincing portrayal of a child who survived the Warsaw ghetto.
The soundtrack by Ernest Gold is magnificent and the movie is actually filmed on location. While it may be a disappointment to those who have read the book, "Exodus" is still interesting and even inspiring.
Having watched Exodus its easy to understand his reaction to being stuck in a cinema with little option but to endure watching this to the end. This is a film that takes its worthiness seriously and the result is a desperately boring affair. This is not helped by what seems to have been an artistic decision to keep almost all the action off screen. This helps from a propaganda perspective of not depicting the civilian carnage, as well as British military deaths, wrought by the Israeli Irgun bombing of the King David Hotel. But it doesn't add to the entertainment value of the film. Only the prison break sequence does much to get the pulse racing.
The disputes on methods between Hagannah and Irgun are touched upon, but then skated over: the Irgun are portrayed as serene and thoroughly humane despite their adherence to terrorism. Strangely though the character based on Menachem Begin is shown as wholly untroubled by the King David bombing, which he ordered, while accounts suggest that Begin was in fact deeply affected by the unintended civilian casulties. Though this does not appear to have dimmed his ruthlessness in the course of his subsequent career it does indicate a deeper human conflict that would have been artistically interesting to explore.
Politically the film makes some interesting points, expressing hope for a sharing of the land amongst Jews and Arabs, though the reasons why this hasn't happened are barely touched upon.
The acting in the film is a mixed bag: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint and Lee J Cobb are of course consummate professionals.Read more ›
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Once again no sub-titles although they are listed ! When will someone get the message sub-titles are necessary for those whoare deaf. Most frustrating to receive a disc withou themPublished 12 days ago by An Old Greybeard