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  1. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Bitter Victory

    the thing with that "2-men-loving-1-woman" motif is that there's always one who is superior that the other in all aspects, which is so naive and ridiculous. There's usually something very stereotypical in the films, and for that i can never take classic Hollywood anything seriously but its surface level, a bumblegum

  2. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Bitter in every sense of the word. Ray is a genius, effectively melding rip-roaring orientalist adventure with the philosophical and psychological dimensions of masculinity. The shots of characters standing alone in the desert are unforgettable.

  3. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Uneven, enthralling and infuriating in equal measure - perhaps a result of its messy production process. A sophisticated exploration of moral codes and male identity but the quality of the script and performances vary wildly. But overall I strongly recommend watching this for Burton and Green's performances and its occasional moments of strangeness and visual brilliance, especially in the desert scenes.

  4. Thierry's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    I don't understand the high ratings for this movie. The plot has nothing original and the storytelling is clumsy at best. Waste of time.

  5. Adam Laurence Pitt's rating of the film Bitter Victory

  6. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    During a military operation in Benghazi, Richard Burton (a Captain) upsets Curs Jürgens (a Major) by generally handling the pressure better, and also having a secret past with the Major's wife. This leads to a dangerous situation for Burton, as it soon becomes apparent that Jürgens is well aware that he doesn't have to get all of his men home in one piece. Another very good film from director Nicholas Ray.

  7. Zanna Walsh's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Burton got some great dialogue, altho with that "voice" i'll take the bins out, would sound sublime. When he first sees Mrs Brand, the whole scene at the table, powerful. Love lost, man lost,woman left to take second best and the other trying to prove his worth as a man. Great stuff, and beautifully shot by Mr Ray. Some good ensemble actors too, a great Saturday viewing.

  8. Peter Walsh's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Wonderfully bleak war drama, made with a deft touch and hinging on petty cruelties which underscore conflict.

  9. Miller's Crossing's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    You may think war would be the main topic here. It is instead just the backdrop of a good old macho rivalry between two petty characters over a woman (not depicted with great care). Really disappointing. Godard is for sure a better director than he is a critic.

  10. Yvonx S's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Sand, camels, men caught up in the impossible situation of war, a woman torn between two men...seems the hackneyed stuff of cinema, but in Nicholas Ray's skilled hands this is an unpredictable piece of drama, where the best guy may not get the woman as a prize and the hero may not be the one who can kill with the coolest gaze. Burton is impressive in his defeated cynicism while Curd Jurgens is perfectly wooden.

  11. Ark V's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    A strong tale of morality in wartime with specific focus on relationships and leadership. Beautifully shot and with Burton holding the compass it's hard not to be absorbed.

  12. SamSalt's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    I have to wonder what Godard was on. Some interesting ethical problems but otherwise pretty mediocre. One of the most annoying musical scores I've ever heard too.

  13. 'king Harold's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Sheesh ,over the top moral exposition alert, talk about laying it on thick !what are we , a bunch of dummies? ‘I always contradict myself! Gaaah’.

  14. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Bitter Victory

    ***1/2. Richard Burton, the scorpion, Mekrane and archeology. Captain Leith is clearly a soldier of Rome and the Ancient Greece lost in the XXth century. Recommended.

  15. Laurs Kemp's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    F*ck Lawrence of Arabia.

  16. Yumi Kaioh's rating of the film Bitter Victory

  17. Ghostman's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Godard was right, Nicolas Ray IS cinema.

  18. josé neves's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Cinematography by Michel Kelber. "Desire" list. Has there been another voice like Burton's voice? And that accompany it has had a look as equally rigorous, strictly pervasive? And that accompanying the voice and look presents such physical strength, such striking and marked physical strength? Robert Mitchum? Maybe, but not so inherently contradictory, so contradictorily human.

  19. Algitya's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Probably one of the warmest "bro-mance" ever played in Cinema.

  20. Kiko, um cronópio's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    Bem me parecia que a contradição às vezes nos desenvolvia.

  21. thedudeabides's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    I can only say that Godard's famous statement, "Cinema is Nicholas Ray", came from here.

  22. Neil Bahadur's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2006/38/bitter_victory/

  23. chanandre's rating of the film Bitter Victory

    [Cinémathèque PT #283: 35 mm]