Cinema, Also Showing Jun. 7, 1948

The Crusades (Paramount), produced in 1935 by Cecil B. DeMille, has been reissued on two pretexts: that war has come again to the Holy Land; that an Oscar has just come to Loretta Young, the picture's star. Neither excuse is necessary. The film just about attains the DeMillen-nium of screen spectacles and is worth a second look any day.

As usual, DeMille twists history until Clio cries uncle. The Third Crusade was a chiefly political adventure which set one-half of the world against the other; under DeMille's pseudo-Homeric touch the story shapes up as...

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