1964. Great Britain. Cy Endfield. 138 min.
Sunday, June 21, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
1964. Great Britain. Directed by Cy Endfield. Screenplay by Endfiield, John Prebble With Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins. A spectacular recereation of real 1879 battle in which a small company of British soldiers hold off a massive Zulu force. Although the film is now politically incorrect and arguably racist, it overcomes most reservations with the power of its imagery and the beauty of its Natal locations. Although born in South Africa, Endfield established his Yankee credentials by way of Yale, the U.S. Army, and Hollywood’s Poverty Row, having directed Joe Palooka films, a low-budget Tarzan, and Stork Bites Man. Forced abroad (like Losey) for political reasons, he built a reputation for quality action films like Hell Drivers, which had a recent run at the museum. 138 min.