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A Walk With Love and Death

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Directed by John Huston.
With Anjelica Huston, Assaf Dayan, Anthony Corlan.
US, 1969, 35mm, color, 90 min.
Print source: 20th Century Fox

Despite the 14th Century setting of Hans Koningsberger’s novel, Huston imbues A Walk With Love and Death with the spirit of 1969. After all, it is both love and war that unite the film’s young lovers – played by his daughter Anjelica in her debut and Assaf Dayan, son of Israeli politician Moshe Dayan. When Lady Claudia’s aristocratic family is killed by rebellious peasants, she journeys to the sea with Heron of Foix, a discontent student who has abandoned his studies. The doomed pair travels through naturalistically rendered cruelty and carnage of the Hundred Years’ War and attempts to rise above the chaos around them by escaping into their passionate devotion. With echoes of Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet of the previous year, Huston’s delicate tragedy is sparely decorated with lyrical dialogue, a muted palette and a personal appearance. 

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