Alexander the Great | Chicago Reader

Alexander the Great

An early (1956) CinemaScope epic by Robert Rossen, more intelligent and more personal than most of the entries in that silly cycle, though hardly feather light. Rossen's Alexander is an extension of his Huey Long in All the King's Men, a demagogue riding a shaky wave of power. Richard Burton stars, golden-tressed in his first important part; his support includes Fredric March, Danielle Darrieux, Claire Bloom, and Stanley Baker.

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