Dec 23

Film review – The Desert Fox (1951)

Film review – The Desert Fox (1951)

The Desert Fox

Rating: 7/10

Starring:  James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane, Leo G. Carroll, George Macready, Richard Boone, Eduard Franz, Desmond Young

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Review: Film review – The Desert Fox (1951) – This film tries to tell the story of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel perhaps the most famous German general from the Second World War. Rommel became famous leading the Afrikakorps during the North Africa campaign. He went on to lead the German forces against the Normandy landings.

With a sympathetic eye the film tries to tell the personal story of Rommel’s war and eventual death. Considered a moderate by Nazi standards Rommel’s forces were never found to be responsible for the sort of atrocities found elsewhere and Rommel himself eventually tried to remove Hitler from power.

Parts of the film provide a compelling insight into the last days of the Second World War as members of Hitler’s regime struggled to find a way to get rid of him in time to seek peace with the allied forces. However, it is somewhat disappointing to not actually see any of the battles Rommel was famous for played out. A film that could perhaps have been improved by a little more action. Entertaining never-the-less.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Desert_Fox_(1951_film)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043461/

Amazon: Buy it