The Last Valley 06/09/20

KL Studio Classics

This thinking man’s epic got left behind in the collapse of Road Show movies, which is a shame. A beautifully made, uncompromised story of warring 17th century Germany, it plays like a fine epic, with great performances. Audiences didn’t want to see Michael Caine playing this kind of character in a costume drama that wasn’t glorious escapism. Everybody’s good — it’s a great picture for Omar Sharif and the underappreciated Florinda Bolkan, plus Nigel Davenport, Arthur O’Connell, Madeleine Hinde, Brian Blessed and Michael Gothard. The (originally) 70mm cinematography looked incredibly good in 1971. PLUS … an extended footnote-article from “B.” On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.