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I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. ~ Psalms 4:8
A world is born again that never dies.
- My Home by Clive James
And Kayley, I was disappointed with Split as well. I thought the main actors did fine, but what a let down!
This is an old movie (1957) that I last saw and thoroughly enjoyed when I was a child. I just found it at the library the other day. It concerns the movement of an enormously huge cannon during the Spanish resistance to the French during the Napoleonic Wars. The purpose of the cannon is to create an opening in the walls surrounding the city of Avila so an army comprised of average people (peasants) of Spain, women as well as men, can invade and take back the city.
It is also the story of a clash of wills between two men. One is the leader of the guerrillas (played by Frank Sinatra) who wants to take Avila, and the other is a British naval officer (Cary Grant) who wants to evacuate the gun to England. The naval officer needs the guerrilla leader's mass of people and horses to help him move the gun to the coast and the guerrilla leader, who is not a military man, needs the naval officer to show him how to free the gun which is mired in a gully, transport the gun, and show him the proper way to aim and fire the gun. Though they hate each other they find that they must cooperate to achieve their respective goals. Add to this that the two men are also in love with the same woman portrayed by Sofia Loren (trust me, it works).
This was never a highly rated movie, but I liked it; furthermore, I believe if it had been written as a novel it would have been a best seller. I feel confident in recommending this movie to those who like a good story.
It has a somewhat sad, but beautifully written ending.
― Steven Wright