Despite its - ostensibly - impressive cast and substantial budget, this film singularly
fails to do any justice whatsoever to the great historical figure it portrays, Albert
Schweitzer. Hampered by a mediocre script and some misguided direction (to
say nothing of some blatant historical inaccuracies), the film fails to evoke any real
sympathy or interest in its subject. Rather than a great medical man and humanitarian,
Schweitzer is presented more as an obsessive musician, more preoccupied with his next
organ recital than with saving human lives. Pierre Fresnay's portrayal of
the great man hardly helps matters - it is stilted and characterless, with the most absurd
comedy accent imaginable outside of a seaside pantomime.
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Having qualified as a doctor of medicine at Strasbourg, the pastor Albert Schweitzer decides
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