May 15, 2005

Gunga Din - a better film than most

I seem to be making my way through a fistful of films of the Hollywood action - adventure kind from the late thirties and early forties. Most recently, it was Gunga Din, from 1939, directed by George Stevens. (Here's my review of it.)

Like many of those Errol Flynn movies (see below), Gunga Din is almost a blueprint for a certain type of movie. In this case, the action-adventure buddy movie.

From a modern perspective, the movie has the political sensitivity of a drunken elephant but that's largely a reflection of the time and its attitudes. Still, were I from India this movie would not likely be a big favourite. (By the way, Joan Fontaine is in this film. But don't blink or you'll miss her.)

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