The Last Valley (1971) 1080p

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Adventure | Drama
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
125 min
IMDB Rating:
7.2 / 10 
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Directors: James Clavell [Director] ,

Movie Description:
People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.


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Interesting film about the evils of war and religion

Set in the early 17th century during the 30 years war somewhere in Germany, a weary educated traveler Vogel (Omar Sharif) is escaping the death and disease of the conflict when he finds his way to a secluded idyllic valley village, a garden of Eden of sorts, that has gone untouched. Behind him come a band of soldiers/mercenaries led by The Captain (Michael Caine). They decide to settle there in this land of plenty and ride out the winter, forcing themselves onto the villagers. Vogel becomes a middle man, a somewhat of an enlightened neutral observer not too far on either side between the soldiers and the villagers.

The film I feel is really about pointing out the pointlessness and evils of both war and religion. Its shows how religion makes men do insane and inhumane things that they'd usually never do and hence causes war and that ultimately nobody really wins. In fact I'd say this film makes one of the strongest atheist statements I've ever seen on film.

The acting is top notch by both Michael Caine and Omar SHarif. The filming was done in Austria in Tyrol which provides for stunning scenery which they take full advantage of in the film. John Barry, known much better for his work on the Bond franchise, has done one of his works of all in this film. You can still hear hints of that strong brass section that has become so associated with Bond ripple through the main theme.

Good film, well worth the watch.

Unforgettable movie

Watched this when I was in college. The brutality and hypocrisy of man just hit you like a ton of bricks. The cinematography was breathtaking, even though most of the images were drab, grimy, and dark. It was not a pleasant experience, but eye-opening; and it is for this reason that even though I bought a copy of the DVD about 10 years ago, I have not been able to bring myself to watch it again.

As pointed out by others, John Barry's score was out of this world. At the time, I had only known him for the James Bond movies, then he gave us his masterpiece: "Out of Africa". He is right up there together with Maurice Jarre and Michel LeGrand. Coupled with the animated opening credits, it was the one jewel in the film that I don't mind watching again and again.

A solid cast: Michael Caine and Omar Sheriff, and the beautiful Florinda Bolkan. Director James Clavell is very talented, recognized his name in the opening credits when I watched the movie - having just read his novels "Tai- Pan" and "King Rat".

Not for the faint of heart.

Literate and rare

Film is usually so absorbed with superficiality and "drama." Not in this case... a rare and satisfying journey into the heart of the storm winds of change called "history" which discharge their energies against the movable objects of each individual pathetic individual person during the relatively brief and, in the big picture, barely noticeable time of our lives.

The film is literature, in the sense that it uses the art of the Story to shed light on the immense and incomprehensible Themes that force us to take sides - religion, philosophy, love, destiny - and plays out in dramatic form a tale about the consequences of our choices and the impossibility to escape them, or to escape the fate that awaits each of us, regardless.
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