An interesting attempt to break away from stereotype epic. Heston plays the war lord in 11th century Normandy who finds that the land he controls is steeped in primitive tradition. The rituals of pagan mythology are well observed – cabalistic idols, sacrifices – as is Heston’s disintegration in the face of a mental force that he can’t understand.
Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema feature is an homage to the “sensual, gravel-voiced actress who became the face of the New Wave, France’s iconoclastic mid-20th-century film movement,” Jeanne Moreau who passed away at the age of 89 this week. Journalists liked to call her the thinking moviegoer’s femme fatale.
Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema classic is a British 1965 Eastman Color war film directed by Anthony Mann, Heroes of Telemark, staring the great Kirk Douglas, this time as a 20th Century Viking in a portrayal of the true story of the desperate efforts to prevent the Nazis from developing an Atomic bomb