A Walk with Love and Death (1969)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Costume Adventure, Period Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Craig Butler

Although A Walk with Love and Death is often derided as a vanity production designed to showcase director John Huston's then-inexperienced daughter Anjelica, it actually is not the disaster it's often rumored to be. That's not to say that Walk is anything like a great picture, merely that it doesn't deserve the amount of scorn that has been heaped upon it. It must be admitted that, as fine as actress as she eventually proved herself, Anjelica Huston comes off poorly here -- although no worse than the equally raw Assaf Dayan. The fundamental miscasting in these two roles is the biggest flaw in Walk; neither one is capable of carrying the film, especially given the non-fussy, unhurried directorial style John Huston has adapted for the picture. This decision has the benefit of giving the film a special feeling that in some ways mirrors the manner in which time may have passed in the Middle Ages, but it ultimately wears out its welcome. Huston has directed some scenes quite well, and much of the film has beautiful visual compositions. But overall, Walk is labored, uninvolving and, at times, enervating.