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The Films of Fred Zinnemann

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The Sundowners (February 1/07)

The Sundowners casts Robert Mitchum as Paddy Carmody, an Australian drover whose nomadic lifestyle suits him just fine - though his wife (Deborah Kerr) and son (Michael Anderson Jr) are desperate for a home they can call their own. Shot on location and featuring stunning cinematography by Jack Hildyard, the film's lack of plot never becomes as pronounced as one might've feared - though there's no denying that a shorter running time would've been prudent. Scripter Isobel Lennart does an excellent job of capturing the Carmodys' day-to-day grind, emphasizing long yet fascinating sequences involving Paddy's various sheep-related exploits (including the inherent difficulties in herding over a thousand such animals from one place to another). The vibe of authenticity is cemented by Mitchum's superb performance; the actor drops his laconic persona and effortlessly steps into the shoes of a laid-back, salt-of-the-earth sort, and even adopts a convincing Australian accent. And although the episodic structure ensures that certain sequences are more interesting than others, The Sundowners is generally an effective and sporadically captivating piece of work.

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Behold a Pale Horse

A Man for All Seasons

The Day of the Jackal

Julia

Five Days One Summer

© David Nusair