Cinema: Long Wait Between Spains

Behold a Pale Horse. The bigger they come the harder they pall. This picture, for instance, is very long and very expensive. It was constructed by an important moviemaker (Fred Zinnemann, who also directed From Here to Eternity and High Noon), and it contains an important cast (Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif). But size, as the cannibal said while he munched the midget, isn't everything. Zinnemann's direction is occasional, his characters are trumpery and his actors obviously know it. Worst of all, though, is the picture's plot: something about a Spanish Loyalist...

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