Powerful depiction of a deserter's court martial
during World War I. Directed with pragmatic harshness by Joseph Losey, this gritty drama is
sharp as the barbed wire that lined the trenches of "the great war."
|Defending the prisoner. ŠVCI
Tom Courtenay is wonderful as the private on
trial. Courtenay's accepting continence is rather pathetic and innocent. The nuances captured by
the actor validate his own uncertainty of guilt. Dirk Bogarde is outstanding as Captain Hargreaves
who is assigned to defend the prisoner. Bogarde must find a way through the military expediency.
Bogarde's frustration is evident at every turn.
Mud splatters itself over every frame of this film, spoiling purity of the cold
military proceedings. Stark production design emphasizes the inevitable march over the individual
soldier. King and Country is good example of the school of social conscience filmmaking that
had a strong impact of 1960s audiences. Well worth a look.
Source material for the transfer is in good condition. The transfer
extracts maximum sharpness from the elements. Contrast range varies widely depending on the scenes,
but for the most part it is quite good. Some background details exhibit jitter, but you have to
look for them. The British accents are somewhat difficult to follow and the Dolby Digital 2 channel
mono soundtrack introduces its own helping of distortion, making it that much more difficult to
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