The Young Lions (Dmytryk, 1958): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 7.50pm
This film, screened as part of the Montgomery Clift season at BFI Southbank, is also being shown on February 23 at 4.50pm. Details here.
Time Out review:
'This version of Irwin Shaw's lengthy WWII novel, adapted by Edward Anhalt,
is three movies for the price of one. We follow idealistic German
Brando, American soldier Clift and crooner Martin from the time of
enlistment until their paths eventually cross outside a concentration
camp towards the end of the war. Clift, who accused Brando of turning
the character of Diestl into a 'fucking Nazi pacifist', blocked his
fellow Method actor from dying with his arms outstretched as if on the
Cross; and director Dmytryk dissuaded Brando from delivering an
improvised speech about the plight of American blacks. Clift gave his
deliberately unattractive Jewish GI, Noah Ackerman, a shuddering
intensity. Perhaps wisely, Clift and Brando, shared no scenes together.
Motivation, Dean Martin observed, is a lot of crap. "Hell, I just played myself. A likeable coward."'
Here is the trailer.