Windom's Way

1957 [ITALIAN]

Drama

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IMDb Rating 6 10 217

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Cast

Burt Kwouk as Father Amyan's Aide
Peter Finch as Alec Windom
Michael Hordern as Patterson
Mary Ure as Lee Windom
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992.75 MB
1204*720
English 2.0
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24 fps
1 hr 48 min
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1792*1072
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 48 min
P/S 43 / 79

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Reviewed by JamesHitchcock 6 / 10

Well-Made But Not Very Involving

"The Nun's Story", in which he played a Belgian doctor working in the Congo, provided Peter Finch with one of his best-known roles. Two years earlier, however, Finch had also starred in a much less well-known film in which he also played a European doctor working in a Third World country, in this case Malaya (as it then was), shortly after independence.

There are two main strands to the plot. One concerns the efforts of Finch's character, Dr Alec Windom, to mediate in the dispute between the local Malay rubber-tappers and their employers, a British company. The dispute has arisen out of the tappers' wish to grow their own rice, something which the company (who regard rice as their own monopoly) object to. Windom's instincts are to sympathise with the tappers, especially as the local company manager, Patterson refuses to entertain any idea of compromise and has no compunction about calling in the local police, whose methods of upholding law and order can be brutal, to deal with any unrest. Things become more complicated, however, when some of the workers defect to a local guerrilla group who are in revolt against the government. An additional complication arises from the fact that one of the guerrillas is the brother of Windom's chief nurse.

The guerrillas are clearly based upon the Malayan communists who fought both the British colonial regime and then the independent Malayan government. The word "communist", however, is never used- they are simply referred to as "rebels"- possibly because the real Malayan communists were dominated by ethnic Chinese and attracted little support from ethnic Malays.

The other strand deals with relations between Windom and his wife Lee. The two are estranged, but at the beginning of the film she has unexpectedly turned up in Malaya hoping for a reconciliation. We do not see anything of their life together in Britain, but from what we hear it would appear that one of the causes of their estrangement was Lee's attempts to interfere with her husband's career and her insistence that he should apply for what she was as socially prestigious positions. There is an implication that Windom moved to Malaya after the breakdown of his marriage precisely because he believed- obviously incorrectly- that Lee would not attempt to follow him there.

"Windom's Way" was made by the well-known director Ronald Neame, later to be responsible for films like "The Chalk Garden" and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". I would not rank it quite as highly as either of those films, and in terms of quality it is in nothing like the same class as "The Nun's Story", but then that would perhaps be an unfair comparison as, despite the presence of Finch in similar roles, they are quite different in style and purpose. Here, Windom is the main character whereas Finch's character in "The Nun's Story", although important, is a supporting role who only appears in the second of the film's three acts. The main concentration in that film is on the spiritual development of Audrey Hepburn's character Gabrielle.

In this film, by contrast, the concentration is on Malayan politics- a subject of perhaps less import to a British audience today than it would have been in 1957- and on the relationship between Windom and Lee. This does not hold any real surprises- we know they will end up back together- and the film as a whole, while well-made, is not very involving. 6/10

Reviewed by Igenlode Wordsmith 6 / 10

Innocence Abroad

This is an intelligent film about an innocent -- perhaps naive -- man and village community caught up on the edge of national turmoil, and it avoids both obvious political cliché and easy answers. Into its widening canvas, from individual to village to province to ultimate future of a nation, it also weaves a tentative attempt at reconciliation between the eponymous English doctor and his ambitious ex-social butterfly of a wife: both have an alternative romance mutely on offer, although nothing is ever explicitly stated, and the broken marriage is on shaky ground at best.

So far so good -- personal and political combine, as they have done since 'Gone with the Wind', though with the political for once taking the leading role. There are beautiful location shots, some very effective action sequences, especially in the crowd scenes, good use of background music, skilfully understated dialogue that avoids the need for open exposition, and an unexpected humanity and depth in the treatment of all the characters. Ultimately, however, I found it curiously unsatisfying as a drama: I have a depressing suspicion that for all their merits, the equivocal realism and avoidance of the emotional broad brush seen here perhaps deprive the film of some of the force of pure entertainment.

We are enlisted in the conflict, drawn to take sides, tossed pawn-like in unsuspected undercurrents and then cast out, bruised and numb, to effectively wash our hands of the whole affair. It reflects the genuine messiness of real life, but it's not catharsis; this has more of a documentary feel. It's a well-made film, and held me riveted while it ran, but after the end credits I was somehow left feeling 'Is that it?'

Reviewed by MOscarbradley 7 / 10

The natives are revolting

The natives are revolting in this Malysian-set drama that finds Peter Finch's liberal doctor battling with his conscience, (he favors the natives over the imperialists who are exploiting them but doesn't have much truck with the murdering rebels either), and trying, at the same time, to save his marriage to beautiful, addle-headed Mary Ure. Ure oscillates between being a pillar of strength one minute and almost total naiveté the next. (Her actions don't auger well for pretty nurse Natasha Parry but then she is there when needed to get her husband out of a tight spot).

Actually this fifties-made British movie isn't at all bad. It's exciting and not as cut-and-dried nor as black-and-white as other films of its kind: you can appreciate Finch's dilemma. Performances, too, are fine. Finch and Ure are excellent and there are surprisingly good supporting turns from the likes of Marne Maitland, Gregoire Aslan and Robert Flemying. No classic then but it would have made for an enjoyable night out in its day.

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