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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    >>> Une oeuvre superbe, de propagande certes, d'une étonnante fluidité... www.cinefiches.com

  2. Ethan's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    This is an interesting chase film from the magical team of Powell and Pressburger that offers up some good anti-Nazi propaganda in a part of the world where we don't usually see a WWII movie take place. Definitely a riveting piece of cinema even if it is a product of its time.

  3. DrFirestone's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    I appreciate this film's historical value, it's definitely a statement of its time. However, taking into consideration my overall experience, unfortunately I have to admit that this involves a high dose of propaganda and a story: dirty, sadistic, English speaking, Nazi swines vs content, brave and free democratic society. Guess who wins.

  4. Ark V's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    So much in this playful romp that we'll never be able to eradicate from historical dramas. It did have some stunning scenes however. Like many modern docs it tells you little other than which side you should be on. But we did sock it to em. Worth a watch.

  5. Superfrog's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Just a nice unpretentious piece that delivers on its premise. Pleasantly surprised!

  6. Life Is So Hard's rating of the film 49th Parallel

  7. Trapped In The Cinema's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    For a piece of wartime propaganda, the film's treatment of the Nazi characters is strangely nuanced. https://trappedinthecinemablog.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/49th-parallel-1941-%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85/

  8. Stefan Drees's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    A gripping film provided with a very good score by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

  9. Stephen Hackett's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Hurrah @mubi begins a Powell and Press burger retrospective

  10. baronvonchuck's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    It was worth Lawrence Olivier's 'Jonny' performance alone.

  11. James's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    I love the way they focus on the lack of humour that so often typifies right wingers and how they just harm themselves, Adolf, like Trump and all the others are just so fucking miserable, imagine actually being like that everyday, even the people that get murdered at least they had a laugh while they were alive.

  12. Leon Berrange's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Brilliant film, wonderful (if period-bound) acting from the stellar cast. A child of its time, nevertheless the film carries a humanistic message while retaining always a questioning attitude to human frailty and folly. Interesting contrast to Team America which I watched yesterday.

  13. captainfez's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    When the ultimate defeat of a Nazi revolves around pants.

  14. BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Même si ce film n'est pas parfait, naïf et un peu daté, c'est avec étonnement que je découvre un film de "l'effort de guerre" qui représente les sociétés natives de cette façon-là : un vrai regard bienveillant et quasi ethnographique par moment. Le rythme, le discours, les personnages, sont eux aussi assez surprenants pour ce type de production. Un film qui devrait intéresser Wakta Cusoke, les Pandas aussi... ;-)

  15. Tibulle85's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Réalisé en 1941, il est logique qu'un film de ce genre véhicule des messages de propagande. Il n'est cependant pas impossible de le faire avec finesse et nuances (cf. certains films de F. Lang de la période). Ici, après une 1ere partie assez palpitante, le film s'enfonce malheureusement (comme un sous-marin torpillé) dans un patriotisme naïf et la caricature (le chef nazi peu crédible, car totalement outrancier...)

  16. RoRoRoro's rating of the film 49th Parallel

  17. Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Canadian tourism v.s. nazi propaganda. Edited by David Lean (Dr Zhivago). With Laurence OLIVIER, 37 years before Boys from Brazil & Marathon Man, OLIVIER specialist of dreadful accents: Canadian French, Yddish or German. === Montage, David LEAN (Dr Jivago). Avec Laurence OLIVIER, 37 ans avant Boys from Brazil ou Marathon Man. OLIVIER, spécialiste des accents à couper au couteau: Français canadien, Yddish ou Allemand.

  18. Ludovic72's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Après un démarrage assez laborieux, l'aventure prend du rythme et de l'intérêt quand les six Allemands se retrouvent livrés à eux-mêmes. Dès lors, la dénonciation tous azimuts des aberrations de l'idéologie nazie devient magistrale, quitte à recourir à certaines caricatures ou symboles un peu lourds. Après tout, mieux valait ne pas faire dans la finesse... surtout au milieu de paysages grandioses !

  19. darth_david@msn.com's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Buena movie, un poco propagandística, pero con algunos buenos diálogos.

  20. weinbrandbabsi's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    A lost Nazi-u-boat-crew stumbles through canada, basically a hook-up for a number of encounters in which the nazis get confronted with the superiority of western democracy, freedom and ethnical pluralism, yet escape everytime by virtue of their vileness - what do you expect kneedeep in WWII? that being said, this still is really worth watching, interesting, well played - not at all bad for propaganda.

  21. SpacePirate's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Middle of the road Powell. Standard wartime fare here. Look elsewhere for better films

  22. Renton47's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    I liked the way this piece of acknowledged propaganda defies many of the characteristics we expect from a film of its ilk. Even today we are less likely to see a humanisation of "the other" in media or politics as sympathetic as this one. We follow the nazis for the course of the film and they are impressively divided on their reasons for following the reich. A skillful way of showing Canadian values in contrast.

  23. Algitya's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    Like 'One of our aircraft is missing' in reverse , This anti-Nazi triumphant tale satisfy them who seek to get astounded by (perhaps) the greatest ensemble ever happen. ( Olivier - Howard - Massey both against the silly-vicious Nazi )

  24. A47's rating of the film 49th Parallel

    "There is a new wind blowing from the east, a great storm coming across the sea, a hurricane which will sweep aside all the old outmoded ways of life..." There are some very mixed up messages in this one. The premise is amazing, the editing is sub-par. What surprises -and scares- me most is the relatively fair treatment of both points of view. In the beginning and end this is propaganda but in-between i'm not sure.

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