Fuck Yeah The Archers
I want to watch a few of his films this summer. I’ve only seen a couple of his movies and, as much as I love 49th parallel, I feel kind of bad about the way my mind goes right to Johnnie the trapper whenever I think of Laurence Olivier.
Anton Walbrook in a scene from the film “49th Parallel” 1941
49th Parallel is a British wartime entreaty for Empire solidarity, concentrating on rousing the patriotic fervor of the citizens of Canada. A group of Nazi naval officers and crewmen are stranded on Canadian soil (we have no sympathy for the castaways, inasmuch as we have just seen them refusing food and water to a group of torpedoed British seamen). Led by lieutenant Eric Portman, the Nazis try to stir up sympathy amongst the Canadians, beginning with apolitical Quebeckian trapper Laurence Olivier. Failing to convert Olivier—even by force—the Germans move on to a Hutterite farming community, where again they are unsuccessful in winning adherents (though, conversely, German seaman Niall Mac Ginnis defects to the other side). They then cross the path of professorial author Leslie Howard, who is living amongst the Indians to soak up “local color”. Even Howard proves too formidable for the Nazis, and by film’s end the surviving invaders are hiding out in a train, where they are discovered and captured by AWOL Canadian soldier Raymond Massey.
25 Favorite Larry and Vivien Pictures—#15
Location: England | Date: 1941
Vivien visiting Larry on the set of Michael Powell’s 49th Parallel
Canadians in formation. The 49th Parallel (1941), dir. Powell and Pressburger.
Anton Walbrook has something to say to the Nazis in The 49th Parallel (1941), dir. Powell and Pressburger.
Niall MacGinnis’s small act of defiance. The 49th Parallel (1941), dir. Powell and Pressburger.
Anthropologist Philip Armstrong Scott (Leslie Howard), in a tepee, about to be gagged and bound by Nazis.
Laurence Olivier in The 49th Parallel, 1941.
Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!