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Bogarde is the Star, Jury and Judge (Spoilers)
Spoilers Warning. An intriguing movie with an exceptional performance from Bogarde. This film should be called something like "Total Deception" because I believe his character achieved his identity theft through to the very end. The movie appears to wind thing up neatly with his character's innocence but I'm not convinced. For starters, they never addressed the leg scar. Also, just about everybody seemed quite agreeable that he would have shot off the very same finger as the other guy. I'm also confused as to why he would put his own leather jacket on his doppelganger who just tried to kill him. If he was the real deal, why even try such a deception? I do believe the military would have some id records for fingerprints and possibly dental. What's even more damning is Bogarde's wonderful eyes. At the moments of acute courtroom accusations, his face may show one reaction, but his eyes go cold. This is where Bogarde's performance excels. It's as if he (the actor) isn't buying the trumped up ending, either and letting us subtly know that the character's deception continues and he's fooled everybody. I'd watch it again for that sly performance alone.
Vastly Under Appreciated Actor !
- DON RILEY
Dirk Bogarde is not an actor fans clamor over but he should be. He brings to the table many of the qualities of a Robert DeNiro. His ability to consume a script, his strength and actually he is more elastic in portraying aristocrats. Yet, you never hear him mentioned among the finest actors. Yet, he is. He belongs in the same conversation as Nicholson, Pacino and De Niro. Yet, most people have come to believe that is not true. I have no idea - why ? He does not take as many risks (as the other three) but he has the same type of appeal and strength. This film again includes excellent performances all around and is a film I've watched many times. I am equally a fan of all four of the actors I've mentioned above and feel they all have the same talent level. .
i agree with gina. this movie is intense and absorbing. when mark is on the witness stand and the camera zooms in on the key players i almost fell off my chair. i have had a crush on dirk bogarde for a long time. [great actor] i also loved robert morley and found it to be one of my favorite role for him. just give this movie a chance.
Intense and absorbing
Quiet but intense, this courtroom drama sucked me in and kept me spellbound. Bogarde is brilliant -- has any other actor ever used his eyes so well? -- and de Havilland, Massie, and the others give strong supporting performances. The story had me so on edge, I could hardly make it to the end, but then I was really glad I did! Despite a plot hole or two (I never did figure out the part about the jacket), this is a terrific little film.
- Karl Benson
If Mark beat the Canadian guy nearly to death, why would Mark put his own jacket on the Canadian guy? He wanted to fake his own death? Or as an attempt for Mark to steal the identity of the Canadian guy? That part didn't make sense to me.
tcmfan posted a review that asked, "The doctor never found the scar above his knee which was supposed to be there. That issue was never resolved. Perhaps the doctor didn't look closely enough, and/or the scar diminished in size over the years?" The only testimony that Sir Mark even has a scar comes from his cousin, who stands to inherit everything if the real Sir Mark Lodden died in the war. Since the cousin otherwise says nothing to discredit Mark, but Mark refuses to shake his hand at the end of the movie, my impression is that the cousin invented or exaggerated the injury as part of his secret collaboration with Buckenham, Mark's accuser. (The cousin assures Buckenham before the trial that, though he's being called as a witness for Sir Mark, he has no intention of aiding his cause.)Btw, I *love* this movie. Dirk Bogarde is amazing in it. Talk about soulful eyes.
I just watched this movie today. It's such a great movie. However, there is a part of it which I can't quite reconcile with the ending. The doctor never found the scar above his knee which was supposed to be there. That issue was never resolved. Perhaps the doctor didn't look closely enough, and/or the scar diminished in size over the years?
A moral dilemma?
I seem recall an unresolved issue following my viewing of "LIBEL". A feature of the story was the (misguided perhaps) bona fide belief that a deception had been occasioned.[Identity stolen if you like ] Circumstances as they unfolded, appear to support that belief.Does one neglect to expose an perceived injustice because of a risk of litigation?- don't want to get "involved".
LIBEL - a lasting impression.
I have waited for more than 45 years for the opportunity(hopefully) to see this work again.While my recollection is scant in some areas much of the detail appears as clear today as when I last saw it in the early 1960's.I suspect it may have been a film " out of its time" but one which related a story which needed to be told.
Fascinated: Saw when I was 11.
- Spencer L.
I remember only a few scenes from this movie, but I have wanted to see it again for years. Even at 11 I was intrigued by the story and the dual roles played by Dirk. It's coming in February...I can't wait.
catch this little known film
An amazing film whose story and acting caught me when I saw it on tv as a little girl. If you're lucky enough to catch it you can see why dirk bogarde especially was a master at his craft.
You're liable to like Libel
- Richard Nowak
I found this relatively obscure film to be very entertaining. In addition to excellent acting, it had many twists and turns in the plot in the final 3o minutes. To thoroughly enjoy the movie, do not read the detailed notes of the plot as it will ruin the suspense for you.