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King Vidor's monumental film (two years in the making and very expensive for its time) tracks a Czech immigrant steelworker's rise to wealth and power. Donlevy plays the part of a lifetime as Dangos. The film spans 50 years, from Dangos's humble beginnings as a miner and steelworker, to his success as a top industrialist whose factory's contributes to the war effort. Vidor's fascination with the mechanics of mining, steel-making and car manufacture adds an intriguing documentary feel to this epic.
It takes a while to get going, but is an exemplary piece of film-making nevertheless.
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