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A let down
I was so eager to finally see this movie only to be let down. Thought it was way too long. too much jumping back and forth and no sense of time. Clift meets his girl in one evening and declares his love a couple hours later. lol. I get his character is a bit off but it's like Prewitt took too many left hooks to the head and I can't reconcile the two. Huge fan so this one hurts. You can tell he gives it his all but now I know what the Clift "lost" years are about. I liked Brando's performance better and I even give props to Martin who surely took some advice from Clift.The battle scenes were pretty realistic for 1957 so that was cool. The one scene I loved was when they liberate the concentration camp. Clift and Dean have a nice scene in the woods but gee I waited 3 hours for a good scene. May have to view a 2nd time to see if I have a change of heart.
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as many of you know from reading "Brando's Smile" grew up (studied from and mentored) with some of the greats from the Jewish Th
By René Malle
Brando, as many of you know from reading "Brando's Smile" grew up (studied from and mentored) with some of the greats from the Jewish Theater (who also happened to be some of the greatest talents in American Theatre period), and for a non-Jew, was practically a member of a theatrical Jewish household during the time he studied acting in NYC. Here, in The Young Lions, we see him depict a naive young German idealist whose world comes crashing down around him when he discovers the real nature of 3rd Reich. It's worth enduring other weaker aspects of this film just for the scenes in which Brando reacts to the horror of the concentration camps. Here you get to see yet another face of the depiction of "The Horror" (Heart of Darkness) in Brando's performance. I first saw the film over forty years ago, and performance stayed vivid all that time, but a second look was even more powerful. As good as Montgomery Cliff is in this film, Brando shows why he should be remembered as one of our greatest American actors, and anyone who is a Brando fan should and will appreciate this film immensely.
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Epic on a Personal Level
THE YOUNG LIONS directed by Edward Dmytryk is an epic focusing on the personal lives of 3 men, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin, affected by WWII. It is based upon the 1948 novel by Irwin Shaw. Marlon Brando as Christian Diestl is a disillusioned Nazi officer. Dean Martin as Michael Whiteacre who is famous in the American entertainment world, but decides to enlist. Montgomery Clift is Noah Ackerman a Jewish-American soldier who has to literally fight to overcome the racism in his Army unit. The three finally come together in the film's final moments and that is one of the ironies of war. Hugo Friedhofer's (THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, NEVER SO FEW, THE YOUNG LIONS) score is once again is on target as are all of his WWII films. I thought Montgomery Clift's story was tough to watch at times and was reminiscent of his role in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY in some respects. Brando once again gives a brooding thought provoking performance of an anti-Nazi officer who hates everything his uniform represents. I thought Dean Martin gave a very good performance as he seemed like "every man" using common sense and reason and somebody who just had to get the job done.