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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from 2,002 votes
||Release: 28 January 1971 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Foreign, War
||Director: James Clavell,
||Stars: Arthur O'Connell, Brian Blessed, Christian Roberts, Florinda Bolkan, George Innes, Ian Hogg, Madeleine Hinde, Michael Caine, Michael Gothard, Miguel Alejandro, Nigel Davenport, Omar Sharif, Per Oscarsson, Ralph Arliss, Yorgo Voyagis
||Synopsis: People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley. Written by <[email protected]>
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The Last Valley, a serious historical and sociological drama, is just
about the only English language feature film to deal with the Thirty
Years War. It's about a valley that because of its inaccessibility
escapes some of the ravages of that very brutal conflict.
17th century Europe was the century of the great religious conflicts
between Catholic and the many Protestant faiths. The Catholic Hapsburg
Holy Roman Empire was gradually losing its grip on more and more of the
various little domains that made up their empire. More rulers and the
populations of those small kingdoms were converting to either
Lutheranism or Calvinism.
Of course the rest of Europe was concerned as to who would come out on
top and from 1617 when the conflict first started, Denmark, Sweden,
Poland, France, Spain, just about everybody got involved one way or
another. Religion was the key factor, but hardly the only one. France
because her prime minister Cardinal Richelieu feared the Hapsburgs more
than Protestantism allied themselves with the Protestant rulers.
The war itself was fought mostly in Germany, not Germany the nation,
but Germany the geographical expression, just a place where the German
language predominated. The German people, weak and disunited, were just
prey for the other invading powers.
The looting and pillaging you see here is exactly what was going on in
1641 when scholar Omar Sharif who had lost his entire family and home
to the war is now reduced to being a wandering beggar and stumbles into
this valley which has escaped the struggle. Unfortunately following him
in is Michael Caine with a company of mercenaries.
But Sharif talks Caine into doing winter quarters there instead of just
sacking the place and moving on as per the norm for the day. An uneasy
alliance is formed between, Sharif, Caine and his soldiers, head honcho
in the town Nigel Davenport and priest Per Oscarsson.
The peasants here are hardly a noble lot, Sharif's very education makes
him a figure of suspicion. Yet they're just ordinary folks trying to
survive in a world that they must think is coming to an end. It would
have not been out of the ordinary for them to believe that what they
were seeing was Armegeddon.
The Thirty Years War is not something that is taught in American
schools. I think because the United Kingdom was not involved in it.
they had a nice struggle going between the crown and Parliament in the
first half of that century and what became the original thirteen
colonies of America were all being settled by various immigrant groups.
The Last Valley is a tremendous educational tool for anyone teaching
European history. We don't see any of the great figures of the war,
what we do see is a glimpse into the peasant life of the period that
once seen is unforgettable.
James Clavell who later wrote and directed Oriental epics like Shogun
and Taipan wrote and directed The Last Valley. He and the rest of the
cast and crew should be proud of being involved in a cinema
Tags for The Last Valley Full Movie
, Brian Blessed
, Christian Roberts
, Florinda Bolkan
, George Innes
, Ian Hogg
, Madeleine Hinde
, Michael Caine
, Michael Gothard
, Miguel Alejandro
, Nigel Davenport
, Omar Sharif
, Per Oscarsson
, Ralph Arliss
, Yorgo Voyagis
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