The Black Rose DVD
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Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced in 1950
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film, American film
A medieval melodrama starring Tyrone Power & Orson Welles and featuring a cast filled with fine British character actors, The Black Rose is a thoroughly entertaining, rousing adventure with swashbuckling, romance and rousing exoticism. Tyrone Power and Jack Hawkins play the Saxons who travel to far Cathay to win their fortunes and meet Orson Welles' formidable Mongol general along the way.
Publisher: Optimum Releasing
Length: 115 mins
Cat No: OPTD2046
Format: DVD Colour
by Anon on 14th December 2010
12th century England: when the thuggish Norman overlords threaten to imprison Saxon noble Walter of Gurnie (Power, sporting a severe 'pudding bowl' hair style), he fle... Read on
12th century England: when the thuggish Norman overlords threaten to imprison Saxon noble Walter of Gurnie (Power, sporting a severe 'pudding bowl' hair style), he flees oversees. In the Holy Land, he falls in with Mongol warlord Bayan (Welles), who sends him further still, into China. But no matter how far he travels, Walter can't outrun his destiny.
Armed with a big budget and painted with a broad brush, The Black Rose is a fine example of a 1950's blockbuster. As with all blockbusters, it majors in spectacle and excitement. But although the film is suitably replete with battles and swordplay, director Henry Hathaway doesn't neglect other areas. It's a stunningly beautiful picture (the great cameraman Jack Cardiff deserves most of the credit for that) and brims with engaging performances: it's hardly surprising that Welles – on sabbatical from Othello – has fun as the rapacious Bayan but he's complemented by others, especially Power who was seldom better than he was as the conflicted Walter.
A superb adventure and a fine slice of Hollywood bravado. Hide