Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Secret of the Incas

Just saw Secret of the Incas, the main inspiration for the Indiana Jones movies. I liked it more than I should've, given the erratic script, but I had fun mapping the characters on Casablanca and imagining the 1940s black-and-white version:

Humphrey Bogart as the lead.
Ingrid Bergman as the romantic sidekick.
Peter Lorre as the commie diplomat.
The main antagonist could've been played by Sydney Greenstreet, but given the character, would've been better played by Claude Rains.

It really is a flawed script. I liked the first part best. The second part needed more bad guys. Still, it's an interesting attempt to fuse film noir with pulp adventure, and Lucas and Spielberg ought to be more forthright about their inspiration. Charlton Heston's Harry Steele is to Harrison Ford's Indy what Michael Keaton's Batman is to Christian Bale's.

If you share my interests, it's prob'ly 3.5 stars out of 5, not a must-see but not a must-avoid either. It's available on Netflix in 10 parts:

Warning: the Yma Sumac musical interludes are just bizarre.

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