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5.0 out of 5 stars "Films of the French Foreign Legion ... Philip Leibfried (Author) ... BearManor Media (2011)", 2 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Films of the French Foreign Legion (Paperback)
BearManor Media presents "THE FILMS OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION" (Paperback) -- by Philip Leibfried (Author)

Have many films on the 'French Foreign Legion', but was not aware of the ones I've missed. As the author points out in his introduction -- Created by an order of King Louis Philippe of France in 1831, the LEGION ETRANGERS originally served as a means of ridding France of thousands of political refugees who had sought asylum there after revolutions in their own countries in Southern and Eastern Europe.

One of the most famous and a great story BEAU GESTE, by Percival Christopher Wren, published in 1924, of an unshakable bond among three brothers, which featured action, adventure, mystery, and a character by the name of Sgt. Lejaune, who became a symbol of cruelty as great as Simon Legree. Something I didn't know was, BEAU GESTE was remade three times as a theatrical feature, but its leading characters, including an ogre of a sergeant, have influenced generations of filmmakers and film goers. Beau Geste (1926) (Silent) with Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes & Noah Beery ... also, Beau Geste (1939) with Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy & Susan Hayward (This is one of my favorite films, great acting and direction by William A. Wellman) ... also Beau Geste (1966) with Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, Leslie Nielsen & Telly Savalas.

In both silent and sound eras, many leading actors appeared in FOREIGN LEGION FILMS, but these motion pictures have been given short shrift in biographies and autobiographies of those performers, as it turns out films about the FOREIGN LEGION are not as highly regarded as the outfit itself.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Acknowledgements --- vii
Introduction --- ix
CHAPTER ONE: --- 1
Seminal Sands: Under Two Flags
CHAPTER TWO: --- 17
Celebrated Sands: The Novels of P.C. Wren
CHAPTER THREE: --- 37
Silent Sands: Cinema de Legion 1914-1928
CHAPTER FOUR: --- 49
Sound Sands: Cinema de Legion 1929-2000
CHAPTER FIVE: --- 67
Singing Sands: Legion Musicals
CHAPTER SIX --- 75
Shifting Sands: Films of the Post-World War II Legion
CHAPTER SEVEN: --- 85
Subtitled Sands: Foreign Foreign Legion Films
CHAPTER EIGHT: --- 113
Satiric Sands: Comedies and Cartoons
CHAPTER NINE: --- 131
Sundry Sands: The Legion on the Stage, Radio & Television
CHAPTER TEN: --- 149
Superfluous Sands: Marginal French Foreign Legion Films
and Spanish Foreign Legion Films
Bibliography --- 159
Index --- 163

In closing, author Philip Leibfried has given us much in depth, a complete listing of such depictions as possible through 2007.

Thank our lucky stars for Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

An interesting must read ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 180 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936730 ~ (November 10, 2011)
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