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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 5. April 15, 1953

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Whether this film version is Hemingway or not, I can't say because I don't know Hemingway. I've never studied him deeply, and I might venture to say that neither have the producers if I can go on these two painful facts "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" neither moved me nor made me think. Of course, the fault may be in the translation from book to screen. If that is so, then Henry' King (he must take most of the responsibility) is not an artist.

Nevertheless, he is a superb craftsman and technician. I've rarely seen the flash back used with so much excitement and originality: with an overlapping of sound we go straight into the scene, with no tire-somely distracting dissolves or fade-outs. His cutting is also good and most of his camera angles. The technicolor is strong and I enjoyed my sightseeing tour of Paris. Madrid. London and Africa in other words the presentation is entertaining if you are interested in that sort of thing.

The players entertain too especially Gregory Peck and Ava Gardiner. Peck maintains his high reputation, while Ava Gardiner enhances hers. She la a promising dramatic actress to keep an eye-on.

High grading in entertainment, but the theme is made not very interesting. I don't think it's worth discussing.

Grading: ***(*).

(How I loathe this grading system; but some seem to think it's a good Idea.)

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