1948. Great Britain. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 78 min.
Friday, March 21, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1948. Great Britain. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Rex Harrison, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Norman Wooland, Jill Esmond. This reunion with Mankiewicz—from a taut adaptation of John Galsworthy's play by Philip Dunne, the writer of How Green Was My Valley and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir—runs only one-third as long as Mankiewicz's own script for Cleopatra. Photographed by Freddie Young, who later filmed such landscape-loving David Lean classics as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, Escape, on a smaller canvas, has a lyrical, picaresque charm of its own. Harrison, dazzling Cummins's Dora Winton while both are under duress, remains his relaxed self as Matt Denant. 78 min.