Douglas Sirk – Sign of the Pagan (1954)

Sign of the Pagan (1954)

Published 4 March

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With the Roman Empire Divided, Attila the Hun hopes to Conquer. In his Way are A Brave Centurion, A Beautiful Princess (…) and Christianity.

Sign of the Pagan (1954) Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance

A Great Historical Movie about Atilla the Hun and his Strife against the Divided Christian Roman Empire! Douglas Ssirk is Totally Umpeccable Here with Uncomparable Production Values and Technical Artistry and Sublime Script with Lofty Dialogues and Perfect Delivery. All Actors Excel in their Respective Roles and it’s A struggle between Christian and Pagan Europeans. I think Jack Palnce Here gives his Greatest Performance as Atilla, he brings A Menace and an Inherent Confidence to his Fearless Hun and he is Shown with Empathy Wisdom and Vision Not as A Barbarian Trudging on Vanquished Toes!

The Script discusses True God and the Christian Philosophy 🆚 Pagan in A Very Subtle Way and it’s Staged Lavishly with its Huge Panorama and Scale. Jeff Chandler is Good but Overwhelmed by Palance! It’s Really about History and Rmance takes A Back Seat ! I think Sirk uses Technicolor and Techniques no One Used as Wonderfully as him! He is in Same class in Cinematic Glory as Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, John Ford, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Jack Lang. Cecil B de Mille and David O Selznick! This is Ample Proof of his Diverse Range and Great Skill in Creating Great Cinema. of the Pagan


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