Cinema: Holiday in Haganah

Judith is the misleading Old Testament title of a film that ought to be called Sophia Loren's Israel. Based on a story by Lawrence Durrell, it is set in Palestine in 1948, just before the departure of the British gives the go sign to encircling Arab armies. A tireless sound track thumps music to feel humane by (folk themes, mostly), and Director Daniel Mann brings on the folks: Peter Finch, whose kibbutz is a hotbed of nationalist fervor; Jack Hawkins, as a British major who enforces the rules with leathery compassion; and a full quota of illegal immigrants who wade ashore...

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