Apart the fact that is ridiculous to have the actors speaking english with different accents to suggest different nationalities, this film is a proof that Frankenheimer is up with the great "action" directors of North-American cinema.The intricate and amazing structure of the script is always strikingly articulated with a search for a visuality, at least as engaging as a fiction where constant surprises are implicit.
This cracking story based on real-life events is masterfully directed by Frankenheimer at the top of his game, as indeed are Lancaster and the rest of a wholly credible cast. Performances are layered, visceral and never fall into parody or pastiche. Throughout is a deep sense of national pride and humane dignity which contrasts brilliantly with the raw cinematography and impressive, intense set-pieces. A masterpiece.
¿Cuántas vidas se requieren para salvar pinturas de Van Gogh y Picasso? ¿Cuántos hombres el sacrificarse para rescatar cuadros de Gaughin, Renoir y Cézanne, tesoros nacionales de Francia? La respuesta está en este excelente thriller de John Frankenheimer, con un Burt Lancaster que está, simplemente, a todo vapor. Una heist movie "por amor al arte" que te tendrá con los nervios de punta.
What a knockout! Here's prime Frankenheimer in the middle of one of the best streaks of artistic successes I can imagine. Not a stitch of it has anything to do with actual events, but its narrative thrust and ultimate humanity make it a real winner.