Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Beautiful film, and a nice score, with one of the few Jennifer Jones performances I can stomach. I was amazed by the difference between the U.S. version and the original film - I was unaware of the hacksaw approach of Selznick - and the two are night and day, and this one is right up there with the best Brit films.
I actually thought her accent was totally out of place. I haven't seen 'The Wild Heart' but understand it is significantly different.
As I've not the facility with which differentiating a Shropshire sound from say, a Devonshire accent, as a native skill, her lack of verisimilitude went right over this desert rat's head. Hmmm - I'll bet that's often an extra bar to clear in the suspension of disbelief in a lot British films for native speakers. I know there are some real awful attempts at regional accents in films from Murica that are extremely vexing for me, and I've had many a more discerning friend from the Deep South comment on this very same thing. My favorite moment tho, was watching a Spanish-language film set in Mexico somewhere with an extremely critical friend, who whispered the entire time about the various actors regional accents, Dominican, El Salvadoran, etc., and at the end she said, "That was a totally unbelievable film!" - and when I told her it seemed pretty good to me, "Then it's a good thing I didn't translate it for you, too. Really, Rob, if you insist on seeing these, at least let me do that next time - at least you'll understand why the language is going to hell!"
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