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5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force acting from Christopher Plummer, 8 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: The Royal Hunt Of The Sun [1969] [DVD] (DVD)
The only negative criticism of this DVD is that it is true that the transfer is of a poor quality and the editing is faulty in places but the sheer skill of the performances and the magnificent script far outweigh these weaknesses. Robert Shaw delivers a highly accomplished portrayal of a basically decent man who is driven more by adventurism and curiousity than by greed. Pizarro is a Pontius Pilate-type figure who agonises over his role and the hypocrisy he knows is inherent in his position.
But Christopher Plummer's acting is a veritable tour de force. He is nothing short of amazing. To think that this is the same actor as the man in The Sound of Music is astonishing and only goes to show what a master of the art Plummer really is: he creates a powerful portrayal of Atahualpa, King of the Incas, that left a deep impression on me. It is a thoroughly convincing portrait of a man and his culture doomed and of a man who knows it but is powerless to do anything about it. Plummer is simply incredible in this part: beautifully balanced and painfully sensitive. I cannot praise him highly enough.
The script is intelligent and thought-provoking. It is a coruscating attack on greed and imperialism that is timeless and extremely moving. It is a film and a play aimed at an adult audience which is a breath of fresh air in this era of dumbed-down culture. Ignore the poor print (it is far from unwatchable!) and marvel at the geniuses that are Shaffer, Plummer and Shaw. Superb!
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