Cinema: Jollier than Reality

The Best of Enemies. War is hellarious. That is the motto of this picture, and it tries, with fair success, to live up to it. Two army detachments, one Italian, one English, operating in Abyssinia in early 1941 became involved in one long military comedy of errors in which they do practically everything but fight.

Their leaders are ingratiating bean brains. Major Richardson (David Niven) is a swaggerstick-thin Colonel Blimp. Captain Blasi (Italy's Alberto Sordi) is a soulful doleful duce. Each spends most of his time taking miscalculated risks and falling into the other's...

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