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The High Bright Sun

Betty E. Box and Ralph Thomas elected to make this film because they regarded it 'as a suspenseful drama which could be played against any background'. They certainly played safe. Though set in Cyprus during the 1957 troubles, this sits firmly on a fence and makes virtually no attempt to analyze the troubles, the causes or the attitudes of the cardboard characters.

Betty E. Box and Ralph Thomas elected to make this film because they regarded it ‘as a suspenseful drama which could be played against any background’. They certainly played safe. Though set in Cyprus during the 1957 troubles, this sits firmly on a fence and makes virtually no attempt to analyze the troubles, the causes or the attitudes of the cardboard characters.

Film comes out with the British looking at times rather silly and at others very dogged, the Cypriots clearly detesting the British occupation, the Turks shadowy almost to a point of non-existence and America, represented by Susan Strasberg, merely a bewildered intruder.

Strasberg, a dewy-eyed young American archeology student of Cypriot parentage, is visiting Cypriot friends who, unbeknown to her, are mixed up in the local terrorist racket. She gets to know more than is good for her and is torn between loyalty to the Cypriots and to the British, as represented by an intelligence major (Dirk Bogarde) whose job it is to keep alive the unhelpful young dame for whom he has fallen.

Strasberg brings intelligence and charm to a sketchy role while Bogarde has no trouble with a part as the major which scarcely strains his thesping ability.

The High Bright Sun

UK

  • Production: Rank. Dir Ralph Thomas; Producer Betty E. Box, Ralph Thomas; Screenplay Ian Stuart Black; Camera Ernest Steward; Editor Alfred Roome; Music Angelo Lavagnino
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 114 MIN.
  • With: Dirk Bogarde George Chakiris Susan Strasberg Denholm Elliott Gregoire Aslan Colin Campbell
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