It is one of a series of columns she is writing.
Schaffner There's a certain exoticism in thoughts of South America - a place of motorcycle road trips, drug dens and war criminals on the run.
The latter is the basis of The Boys from Brazil, a film that tried to wedge its way into that decade's paranoid thriller sub-genre, only to fail and find an audience years later for its other qualities.
Nazi hunter Ezra Liebermann Laurence Olivier is soon on his case, eventually stumbling upon a Brazilian medical lab where the evil doctor is killing off civil servants in a cunning, convoluted plan to bring back Adolf Hitler through not one but 94 perfect clones. Absurd as it may sound, The Boys from Brazil has a lot going for it: Schaffner Patton and featuring a cast of theatrically trained actors.
And while the sum of its parts only adds up to exploitation, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The film takes a then seemingly advanced - now hokey - concept and plays it straight.
At the time, you could see their reasoning: Schaffner had already taken the absurd idea of talking monkeys and made it into the classic Planet of the Apes, so how could little Hitlers be any more of a stretch?
But it isn't so much the cloning as everything that happens in between that makes it so entertaining in retrospect. How is it that Liebermann chances upon every clue in the case through sheer luck?
How can the Nazis so blatantly murder those civil servants and still convince the police that they're merely accidents?
And how did they get Peck and Olivier to act like that? It's the latter we keep coming back to. Here are two classic silver-screen actors, two Oscar winners slumming it in the New Hollywood and trying to outdo each other by giving the hammier performance.
Witness, even if only on YouTube, the much-maligned fight sequence near the end of the film: It all culminates in Peck giving a gloriously overacted Bond-like monologue, revealing the quite ridiculous master plan. It's a take-it-or-leave-it scene, the kind of thing that decides which side of the fence you're on.
Because if you can accept a dastardly Nazi villain cooking up Hitler clones, then you'll return to The Boys from Brazil.
|Automatic Bibliography Maker||Plot[ edit ] Young, well-intentioned Barry Kohler Steve Guttenberg stumbles upon a secret organization of Third Reich war criminals holding clandestine meetings in Paraguay and finds that Dr Josef Mengele Gregory Peckthe infamous Auschwitz doctor, is with them.|
|Film: 'The Boys From Brazil' directed by Franklin J. Schaffner | South China Morning Post||Plot[ edit ] Young, well-intentioned Barry Kohler Steve Guttenberg stumbles upon a secret organization of Third Reich war criminals holding clandestine meetings in Paraguay and finds that Dr Josef Mengele Gregory Peckthe infamous Auschwitz doctor, is with them. A highly skeptical Lieberman tries to brush Kohler's claims aside, telling him that it is already well known that Mengele is living in Paraguay.|
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Jul 02, · A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner Starring: Gregory Peck, Lauren. The film was directed by Franklin Schaffner and released in by 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, California.
The Boys from Brazil is a film that was one of the first films to depict cloning, and to discuss the ethical implications of genetic engineering, cloning, and eugenics.