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The Four Feathers

Zoltán Korda

 
The Four Feathers (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1939
  • 115 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #583

This Technicolor spectacular, directed by Zoltán Korda, is considered the finest of the many adaptations of A. E. W. Mason’s classic 1902 adventure novel about the British empire’s exploits in Africa, and a crowning achievement of Alexander Korda’s legendary production company, London Films. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, The Four Feathers follows the travails of a young officer (John Clements) accused of cowardice after he resigns his post on the eve of a major deployment to Khartoum; he must then fight to redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow officers (including Ralph Richardson) and fiancée (June Duprez). Featuring music by Miklós Rózsa and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Georges Périnal and Osmond Borradaile, The Four Feathers is a thrilling, thunderous epic.

Cast

Harry FavershamJohn Clements
Captain John DurranceRalph Richardson
General BurroughsC. Aubrey Smith
Ethne BurroughsJune Duprez
General FavershamAllan Jeayes
Lieutenant WilloughbyJack Allen
Peter BurroughsDonald Gray
Dr. SuttonFrederick Culley

Credits

DirectorZoltán Korda
ProducerAlexander Korda
Based on the novel byA. E .W. Mason
ScreenplayR. C. Sherriff
Set designVincent Korda
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
Cinematography (in the Sudan)Osmond Borradaile
Additional dialogueLajos Biro and Arthur Wimperis
Supervising editorWilliam Hornbeck
EditorHenry Cornelius
MusicMiklós Rózsa
Musical directorMuir Mathieson

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
    Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by film historian Charles Drazin
  • New video interview with David Korda, son of director Zoltán Korda
  • A Day at Denham, a short film from 1939 featuring footage of Zoltán Korda on the set
    of The Four Feathers
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Gregory Manchess

Film Essays

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The Four Feathers: Breaking the British Square

By Michael SragowOctober 11, 2011

A. E. W. Mason’s sweeping action novel TheFour Feathers (1902) had already inspired three . . . Read more »

Posters

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Flying Spears, Beating Hearts

October 20, 2011

  The Four Feathers poster, 1939 British release. Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Four Feathers

October 20, 2011

Critics are tossing laurels at the epic 1939 Technicolor adaptation of A. E. W. Mason’s The . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Fourfeathers_1105_394_current_thumbnail

The Four Feathers: Breaking the British Square

By Michael SragowOctober 11, 2011

A. E. W. Mason’s sweeping action novel TheFour Feathers (1902) had already inspired three . . . Read more »