Présence du torrent, présence de Marilyn Monroe : deux éléments qui se complètent et se conjuguent. Un hymne à la liberté et à la nature humaine à travers les épreuves d'une aventure simple et belle. Otto Preminger, au meilleur de sa forme et de son talent.. www.cinefiches.com
Finally saw the film in Cinemascope and the film was certainly visually improved but still pretty weak dramatically. Both director Preminger and star Monroe had concerns with the scripting but contractual obligations had them make the film anyway. Mitchum is usual tough self and Monroe appealing if under used. Widescreen lensing by Joseph LaShelle noteworthy as is the song score.
Compelling before the river comes into play, this misfire by Preminger has some dialogue that needed work but that's the least of its faults. Despite the performances, the back & forth formula of green screen river ride with drama/romance on land wears thin as it goes along...
Thorsten pretty much sums up my feelings about this movie. Some of it the creakiness of the plot developments were laughable. The phony cougar Mitchum wrestles (a la Begosi and the rubber octopus in Plan 9) was pretty funny. As were the poor-shooting Indians who couldn't hit any of the three wide-open targets on a raft. But as Thorsten says, it's all very watchable because of Mitchum, Monroe and the scenery..
Serviceable film, to be sure, but that fucking music is something else. I could almost see Preminger telling Mockridge and Harline to try and distill that otherness Monroe has into that heavenly chorus that springs up from time to time. It's truly amazing and otherworldly and begs you to slow down and appreciate a moment.
Still very watchable because of Marilyn, and especially because she sings a lot. Nice cinemascope shots of canada's beaty. It's a bummer though that Mitchum's pure virility gets distorted when he tries to rape a first refusing, then willing marilyn. The "action" shots on the raft, clearly done in the studio with backprojection, are kind of funny.
Austrians make a Western! Gorgeous scenery & Cinemascope photography--Preminger's long takes lend a bit of the unusual to the action-adventure genre. Monroe is pretty hopeless in the scenes where she's not singing, but looks great as usual. Mitchum at his most masculine/disinterested. A nasty attempted rape puts a damper on the rollicking good times.