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Submitted by Roger Mellor
The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
"Radio Times" film guide
Director - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Producers - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Starring - John Gregson & Anthony Quayle
Running Time - 118 mins
Country of Origin - UK
The Royal Performance film of its year promised much, its story based on one of the most exciting tales of the Second World War, the pursuit of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee by three British cruisers masquerading as a task force. It was directed, written and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the distinguished team responsible for The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus among others, with photography by Christopher Challis in rich Technicolor. But what emerged was a dull, characterless, documentarist study, marred by appalling Pinewood mock-up and model shots, its cast enlivened only by Peter Finch's swashbuckling German captain, Hans Langsdorff. The directors seem to have little interest in maintaining a lively pace, and the whole remains a fascinating period disappointment.