Review: ‘The Sailor from Gibraltar’

The novels of Marguerite Duras are frequently no more than lengthy short stories - and not too strong on the narrative side. With such interpreters as Christopher Isherwood and Tony Richardson (neither famous for clarity of intent) plus Don Magner, the ensuing screenplay is replete with repetitive sequences.

The novels of Marguerite Duras are frequently no more than lengthy short stories – and not too strong on the narrative side. With such interpreters as Christopher Isherwood and Tony Richardson (neither famous for clarity of intent) plus Don Magner, the ensuing screenplay is replete with repetitive sequences.

A Britisher (Ian Bannen) and his mistress (Vanessa Redgrave) are on an Italian holiday which quickly becomes evident will be their last. She’s still hungry for him but he can’t stand her but isn’t brave enough to send her away.

When a mysterious woman on a yacht (Jeanne Moreau) crosses their path, his greed (both sexual and practical) provides the impetus to ditch his mistress and make a fast pass at the yachtswoman.

Orson Welles is wasted on a brief bit as an information peddler and Hugh Griffith is only slightly better as a white hunter and guide. Redgrave is touching and believably irritating in her brief role. The rest of the cast walk through their parts like somnambulists.

The Sailor from Gibraltar

UK

Production

Lopert Pictures. Director Tony Richardson; Producer Oscar Lewenstein, Neil Hartley; Screenplay Christopher Isherwood, Don Magner, Tony Richardson; Camera Raoul Coutard; Editor Anthony Gibbs; Music Antoine Duhamel; Art Director Marilena Aravantinou

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Jeanne Moreau Ian Bannen Vanessa Redgrave Zia Moyheddin Hugh Griffith Orson Welles
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