Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Behold a pale horse", a movie about Spain years after The Civil War



Has anyone seen "Behold a pale horse"?   It is a 1964 movie about the Spanish Civil War.    

The story is based on "Killing a mouse on Sunday" a book by Emeric Pressburger.   I have not read the book but plan to check it out.

It is the story of Manuel Artiguez, a veteran of the Civil War, who returns from exile in France to see his ill mother.   He is confronted by Sr. Vinolas, a police chief who sets a trap to arrest him.

The movie includes Gregory Peck as Artiguez, Anthony Quinn as Vinolas and Omar Sharif as the local priest.   


It is a bit slow but very interesting.   I love these black and white films because they used choreography in such a unique way.   Also, the dialogue is very intense.   Frankly, the story could be difficult for someone not familiar with the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930's.





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