The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

I decided to give film noir a break, and chose this 1951 film about Field Marshal Erwin Rommel instead.

James Mason stars, and was absolutely bonkers good in this, such a suave and thoroughly gentlemanly actor, with one of the best British accents you will ever hear. The rest of the film was well done, although after reading about this on Wikipedia it seems this film perpetuated the Rommel myth, but Hollywood twists facts all the time so no biggie.

Pretty much all of the actors in this were British and were not bothering to speak with a German accent, and those that did just looked silly.

The story mostly focusses on the attempted assassination on Hitler that Rommel was accused of being a part of (it has been debunked since, he was a staunch Nazi apparently).

All in all it was a jolly good yarn, and James Mason was “the bomb” as they say.

Date watched: November 27th
Score: 7.5/10
Hollywood-twisto-facto-meter: 8/10
Film count 2016: 186

Great film poster, don’t make ’em like that anymore…

rommel

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