King and Country (1964) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|It is possible that
this is the most underrated movie in existence. You
probably never heard of it, but from the magnificent
opening credits to the jaw dropping finale, it is a
somber B&W masterpiece in every sense of the word,
and it is now on DVD.
I used to organize groups to watch this movie on TV when I was in college, because it was then fashionable among film buffs to argue that "Paths of Glory" was Kubrick's finest film, and this film is similar in many ways. Everyone who saw "King and Country" agreed that it was in the same class as the Kubrick classic, and I think most people liked it better.
It's the trial of a WW1 deserter who doesn't really know why he deserted, and the officer who is forced by duty to defend him. As time goes on, the two of them interact in ways that bind them together, and the defense becomes a work of simple human compassion, and an education about just how much humanity was lost in the insanity of The Great War.
No nudity. In fact, no women that I can recall.
IMDB summary: 8.0 out of 10. That is a high enough score to place in the Top 100 of all time, but it is based on only 50 votes. It is a shame so few people have seen this flick.
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