Cinema: What Becalms a Legend Most?

THE BOUNTY

Directed by Roger Donaldson; Screenplay by Robert Bolt

It is all a matter of balance, and if they keep trying they are going to get it right one of these decades. In 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty unquestionably belonged to Charles Laughton's Captain Bligh. The perverse joy that grand actor took in his character's sadism entirely dominated Clark Gable's conventionally heroic Fletcher Christian. In 1962, when Marlon Brando came on board for a star trip, his Mr. Christian took the helm, dramatically speaking, long before his character, leading the mutineers, had seized...

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