DirectorJohn Huston Music directorGeorges Delerue Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date1969 (1969) WriterHans Koningsberger (novel), Dale Wasserman CastFrancis Heim (Knight Lieutenant), Assi Dayan (Heron of Fois (comme Assaf Dayan)), Anthony Higgins (Robert of Loris (comme Anthony Corlan)), John Hallam (Sir Meles), John Franklyn (Whoremaster), Robert Lang (Pilgrim Leader) Similar moviesRelated John Huston movies
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A Walk with Love and Death is a 1969 DeLuxe Color romantic/drama film directed by John Huston.
The story is based on the 1961 novel by Hans Koningsberger, set at the time of the 1358 uprising of the peasants of northern France known as the Jacquerie. Heron of Fois (Assi Dayan), a student from Paris, crosses territory devastated by the upheaval and the ferocious reprisals of the nobility. He meets with Claudia (Anjelica Huston), the aristocratic daughter of a royal official killed by the peasants, and they attempt to reach Calais. In the novel Heron's intended final destination is Oxford University while in the film "the sea" less specifically comes to represent an abstract freedom. While differing in their views of the Jacquerie—Heron sympathises with the exploited peasantry while Claudia sees their rising as mindless savagery—the young couple become lovers. In the end they fail to escape the chaotic violence around them but await death "strangely happy - we had stopped running from them and we had our hour".
Some contemporary reviewers considered that the film held up the past as a mirror of the events of 1968, when it was made. Comparisons were variously made with the Vietnam War or the Paris rioting of May/June that year, which required filming to be relocated to Austria and Italy. However a recent and detailed analysis of both novel and film by the essayist Peter G. Christensen concludes that the story is literally a period one, intended to evoke the turbulence of its 14th century setting, rather than illustrating cultural or generational issues of the late 1960s.
The film marked the screen debut of Huston's daughter Anjelica Huston. It also marked the screen debut of Israeli actor Assi Dayan, son of Moshe Dayan. John Huston himself plays the role of a noble who defects to the rebels.
The film was not a box-office success, although John Huston noted in his autobiography, An Open Book (1980), that it was highly praised in France, where there was a greater understanding of the historical context.
Anjelica Huston as Claudia
Assi Dayan as Heron of Fois
Anthony Higgins as Robert of Loris
John Hallam as Sir Meles
Robert Lang as Pilgrim Leader
Guy Deghy as The Priest
Michael Gough as Mad Monk
George Murcell as The Captain
Eileen Murphy as Gypsy Girl
Anthony Nicholls as Father Superior
Joseph O'Conor as Pierre of St. Jean
John Huston as Robert the Elder
John Franklyn as Whoremaster
Francis Heim as Knight Lieutenant
Melvyn Hayes as First Entertainer
Barry Keegan as Peasant Leader
Nicholas Smith as Pilgrim
Antoinette Reuss as Charcoal Woman
The musical score was the work of the French composer Georges Delerue. It incorporated medieval folk music themes, making extensive use of lute, harpsichord and recorders.