The pity of war has been a much-favoured film topic; the treachery of war much less so, though never more persuasively than in Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough feature from 1957. Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest screen performances as Colonel Dax, the idealistic First World War soldier appalled by the arbitrary court-marshal meted out to three of his men after an impossible attempt to storm German lines goes disastrously wrong. George Macready is an utterly believable Gerneral Mireau, obsessed with his own honour and standing, whom Adolphe Majou complements tellingly as the urbane and cynical General Bruler. Those who know Kubrick from his later sprawling epics will be surprised at the tautness and concision shown here, even though the screenplay--which he co-wrote--has a certain theatrical stiffness. On the DVD: Paths of Glory on disc reproduces well in full-screen format, and Gerald Fried's bitingly ironic score comes through powerfully. There are five dubbed and six subtitled languages. The original trailer is a masterpiece of gritty reportage, well worth reviving. Along with Dr Strangelove and 2001, this is Kubrick's most focussed and durable film. --Richard Whitehouse
This 4-disc collection includes the classic film noir titles Fallen Angel (1945 Otto Preminger) Whirlpool (1949 Otto Preminger) Night and the City (1950 Jules Dassin) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950 Otto Preminger). With their combination of intrigue moral ambiguity and stylised black and white photography these essential noirs exemplify the very best that this much loved Hollywood genre has to offer. This release is accompanied with a fully illustrated booklet carrying essays on all titles.
After Bruce Lee's untimely death in 1973 and the global success of Enter The Dragon two 90 minute feature films were created to capitalise on Lee's worldwide recognition. The second of these films Fury Of The Dragon was released theatrically in 1976. Starring Bruce Lee as Kato and Van Williams as the Green Hornet the 1960s crime fighting duo - by day Britt Reid publisher-editor of the Daily Sentinel and his chauffeur/man servant Kato - battle relentlessly against the forces of urban evil. This movie takes Kato and the Green Hornet on four epic adventures including trying to stop a plot to oust a young prince of foreign power and exposing two crooked cops a case that leads to the Green Hornet being wounded and then nearly killed. Kato and the Green Hornet are then pushed to the very limit by a well organised gang carrying out a million dollar art heist and using a fantastic ray gun to remove anyone in their path. Could this include our crime fighting duo? Finally the last adventure takes our heroes into the dark underworld of drug trafficking testing all their skills in crime fighting...
Already in trouble with his superiors over his brutal tactics and alienated from his colleagues detective Mark Dixon's problems pile up when he accidentally kills a murder suspect and then falls in love with the dead man's wife...
A highly regarded science fiction classic it effectively conveys the paranoia of McCarthy's America and is considered by many to be the definitive ""Cold War"" film.During a thunderstorm a boy witnesses the landing of a flying saucer in a nearby field. No one believes his wild tale and the alien invaders who remain unseen in their subterranean space ship begin controlling the town's inhabitants.Brilliantly designed and directed by William Cameron is a surrealistic nightmare that's
Once again returning to the genre to which he was perhaps best-suited, director Lewis Milestone traces the fate of a Marine platoon during WWII. The film stars Richard Widmark as the no-nonsense Lt. Carl Anderson, an officer charged with the responibility of leading his unit on a scouting mission to capture prisoners from an experimental rocket-launching facility and bring them back for interrogation. Among his platoon are veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance), Doc (Karl Malden), and Sgt. Zelenko (Neville Brand), as well as raw recruits Coffman (Robert Wagner) and Cpl. Stuart Conroy (Richard Hylton). Anderson is skilled at subtly motivating the varied group of characters, while suffering himself from crushing headaches. The platoon attacks the island, taking losses on the heavily defended beach. When they try to take a strategic ridge, they're pinned down by rocket fire whose source is impossible to locate. In desperation, Anderson is ordered to take a hand-picked patrol behind enemy lines to bring back prisoners. After some painful losses, they finally return with prisoners. Despite occasional war movie cliches, this is a solid, exceptionally well acted effort, which gives full weight to the terrible human cost of war. The film is also notable for great performances by Malden, Palance, Widmark, Webb, and the very young Wagner.
Although Lewis Milestone had been American cinema's premier maker of war films for three decades, 1951's The Halls of Montezuma is one of his more marginal pictures. Milestone had already won an Academy Award for the single most honoured film about WWI, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), and made one of the most distinctive contemporaneous films of WWII, A Walk in the Sun (1945)--a notable influence on Saving Private Ryan, by the way--but by the time of Montezuma the hallmarks of his directorial style--such as his syncopated tracking shots--were becoming mannerisms, and the screenplay's rhythms of personal crises set against the bigger picture of the military campaign are pretty mechanical. That still leaves room to accord the picture a marginal recommendation: it's well-cast, competently made, and free of "Hollywood heroics". Richard Widmark stars as a Marine platoon leader who, having brought only seven of his men through Guadalcanal, is determined to see them safely through the next island conquest. The lieutenant was a schoolteacher in civilian life--as we see in flashbacks--and one member of his command is a former student (Richard Hylton) he helped overcome fear. Other platoon members include ex-boxer Jack Palance, trigger-happy bad boy Skip Homeier, hardcase veterans Neville Brand and Bert Freed, and Karl Malden as a philosophical corpsman. However, the most arresting performance is given by Milestone discovery Richard Boone, making his screen debut as a sympathetic colonel stuck with fighting the Japanese and fighting off a miserable cold at the same time. --Richard T Jameson, Amazon.com
Once again returning to the genre to which he was perhaps best-suited director Lewis Milestone traces the fate of a Marine platoon in the Pacific theater during WWII. The film stars Richard Widmark as the no-nonsense Lt. Carl Anderson an officer charged with the responibility of leading his unit on a scouting mission to capture prisoners from an experimental rocket-launching facility and bring them back for interrogation. Among his platoon are veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance) D
Director William Wyler's suspense classic marks the only time cinema giants Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March worked together. And the result is everything you'd expect: taut terrifying and terrific. Bogart plays an escaped con who has nothing to lose. March is a suburban Everyman who has everything to lose - his family is held hostage by Bogart. As The Desperate Hours tick by the two men square off in a battle of wills and cunning that tightens into an unforgettable fear-drench
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