The Singer Not the Song

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A bit of a jaw-dropper this one: Bogarde is a Mexican gunslinger - but, of course! - a man in black who seems to have an obsessive love-hate thing with the local Irish priest (Mills). Beneath the surface you have the vague feeling that there's something deeply perverted and fetishistic going on, so relentless is the tone and handling (script by Nigel Balchin) - but then you think better of it. See it and disbelieve.

Release details

Duration: 129 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roy Baker
Screenwriter: Nigel Balchin
Cast: Dirk Bogarde
John Mills
Mylene Demongeot
Laurence Naismith
Eric Pohlmann

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Jenny

As a young girl I took the movie 'The Singer not the Song' at face value and fell in love with Dirk Bogarde and the Mexican village, The underlying philosophy and flaws of the movie escaped me. I could only feel the ambiance of this remote village and afterwards I build my fantasies around visiting that little town and meeting up with Anacleto in his black outfit. Could such a handsome and sophisticated man be a powerful atheist bandit in a Mexican town? And would you ever find an Irish priest in such a place? Not likely, but they brought a sense of sophistication to an otherwise unsophisticated situation. Could any of the movie's critics ever have guessed or even cared that had it not been for Dirk Bogarde starring in this movie, young girls like me, would not have been able to dream romantic dreams about it. Watching it now on Youtube I find it pleasant and interesting to revisit those memories and feelings again.

Jenny

As a young girl I took the movie 'The Singer not the Song' at face value and fell in love with Dirk Bogarde and the Mexican village, The underlying philosophy and flaws of the movie escaped me. I could only feel the ambiance of this remote village and afterwards I build my fantasies around visiting that little town and meeting up with Anacleto in his black outfit. Could such a handsome and sophisticated man be a powerful atheist bandit in a Mexican town? And would you ever find an Irish priest in such a place? Not likely, but they brought a sense of sophistication to an otherwise unsophisticated situation. Could any of the movie's critics ever have guessed or even cared that had it not been for Dirk Bogarde starring in this movie, young girls like me, would not have been able to dream romantic dreams about it. Watching it now on Youtube I find it pleasant and interesting to revisit those memories and feelings again.