The winner of the audience award at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.
One of the most treasured Hollywood classics, and one of the most influential and iconic Westerns ever made, High Noon remains a powerful study of heroism, and the tension between the individual and the society around him. One of the best films by director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) -- and produced by Stanley Kramer -- High Noon is riveting entertainment and an acknowledged American masterpiece, yet one with surprisingly tumultuous roots. In his Oscar-winning performance, Gary Cooper stars as small town Marshal Will Kane, preparing to retire and leave town with his young bride Amy (Grace Kelly). However, plans are derailed with the impending arrival of outlaw Frank and his brutal gang. Unfolding in real time, High Noon follows Will as he futilely tries to assemble a posse with the reluctant townspeople, who want Will to forget about a conflict -- as does Amy, a Quaker pacifist who just wants to avoid violence. But as high noon approaches, Will realises he must do the moral thing...with or without help. Special Features 4K Digital Restoration Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Exclusive audio commentary by historian Glenn Frankel, author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Exclusive audio commentary by western authority Stephen Prince Video interview with film historian Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience A 1969 audio interview with writer Carl Foreman from the National Film Theatre in London The Making of High Noon' [22 mins] a documentary on the making of the film Inside High Noon' [47 mins] and Behind High Noon' [10 mins] two video pieces on the making and context of the film Theatrical Trailer PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring an essay by Philip Kemp; two archival pieces on the film by critic Richard Combs, including an analysis of the film's timekeeping; and On The Wayne, an article by Carl Foreman originally published in Punch Magazine in 1974
Based on the best-selling controversial novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' graces the screen with legendary stars Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. The story follows expatriate American demolition expert Robert Jordan who aides anti-fascist freedom fighters of Spain. Assisting him is a band of warriors including the strong-willed Pilar (Katina Paxinou in an Oscar winning performance) the dangerously undependable Pablo and th
Eureka Entertainment to release CLOAK AND DAGGER; the gripping espionage thriller from legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang, starring Gary Cooper and Lilli Palmer. Released on 27 January 2020, the film makes its UK debut on Blu-ray in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of The Masters of Cinema Series. A virtuoso World War II espionage thriller directed by Fritz Lang as his follow-up to the noir classic Scarlet Street (and not long after the war itself had ended), Cloak and Dagger is an underrated entry in Lang's oeuvre, a crackerjack spy saga with a commanding Gary Cooper performance and a wealth of masterful Langian suspense sequences (as well as some genuinely hard-hitting action set pieces). Nuclear physicist Alvah Jesper (Cooper) is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services to become a reluctant undercover agent, traveling to Switzerland to meet with a fellow scientist regarding information on Germany's plans to construct an atomic bomb. After this colleague is assassinated, Jesper must sneak into Italy via the underground resistance, to contact another scientist. While there, Jesper falls in love with resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer, in her first Hollywood role), and the two must battle shootouts, double crosses, and narrow escapes to smuggle the scientist out of Italy. A more perfectly titled film would be difficult to imagine, as Cloak and Dagger is a consummate wartime espionage suspense picture, and an intriguing mixture of genres for Lang: part spy thriller, part romantic melodrama, and part patriotic war movie, Cloak and Dagger is another triumph among Lang's U.S. features, and an expert exercise in genre fusion that's ripe for rediscovery. Dual Format Special Features: Presented in 1080p from a high-definition digital transfer Optional English subtitles Uncompressed LPCM mono audio Brand new audio commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Spycraft A brand new video essay by David Cairns Cloak and Dagger: Lux Radio Theater [57 mins] Radio adaptation from 1946 starring Lilli Palmer and Ronald Reagan Cloak and Dagger: The Radio Series [approx 660 mins] | A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Samm Deighan
The pinnacle in the brilliant career of director Anthony Mann Man of the West has earned a reputation as one of the finest westerns — and one of the finest films full stop — produced in the late studio era. Ex-outlaw Link Jones (Gary Cooper) boards a train to Fort Worth to hire a schoolteacher for his town when he’s knocked unconscious and robbed — by a gang of outlaws associated with his own uncle (Lee J. Cobb) whom he abandoned years earlier in his bid to go straight. Soon after and in order to protect the life of the woman he’d earmarked for schoolteacher saloon singer Billie Ellis (Julie London) Link rejoins the gang for one last hold-up… Jean-Luc Godard wrote of Man of the West: I have seen nothing so completely new since — why not? — Griffith… With Anthony Mann one rediscovers the western as one discovers arithmetic in an elementary maths class. Which is to say that Man of the West is the most intelligent of films and at the same time the most simple. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Man of the West in a special Dual Format edition that presents the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find the next big thing', director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich's sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood's Golden Age. The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio, documentaries and more! This stunning box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units. Extras: 4K restorations of Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The Scarlet Empress, and The Devil Is a Woman 2K restoration of Morocco Original mono audio Morocco audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness' Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger Shanghai Express audio commentary with critic and film historian David Thompson Blonde Venus audio commentary with film and arts critic Adrian Martin The Scarlet Empress audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns Introductions on all six films by Nicholas von Sternberg, son of Josef von Sternberg Josef von Sternberg, a Retrospective (1969): feature-length television documentary by the acclaimed Belgian director Harry KÃ¼mel Marlene Dietrich: The Twilight of an Angel (2012): Dominique Leeb's acclaimed French television documentary on Dietrich's final years The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935): a short compilation film of lighting and costume tests from Paramount productions, including The Devil Is a Woman, and featuring costume designer Travis Banton Lux Radio Theatre: The Legionnaire and the Lady' (1936): a radio play adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable If It Isn't a Pain (1935, 3 mins): excised audio of the deleted musical number from The Devil Is a Woman Von Sternberg at the BFI (2009): an audio recording of the 2009 symposium on von Sternberg held at London's BFI Southbank The Art of Josef von Sternberg (2019): Nicholas von Sternberg discusses his father's works in painting and sculpture New video essay by film historian Tag Gallagher on the Hollywood collaborations of Dietrich and von Sternberg New interview with Erica Carter, author of Dietrich's Ghosts, on the Dietrich's career before von Sternberg New interview with So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, on the queer iconography and legacy of Dietrich and von Sternberg's films New interview with Nathalie Morris, film historian and senior curator of the BFI National Archive's Special Collections, on the costume designs of Travis Banton New interview with Jasper Sharp, writer and filmmaker, on the life and career of Shanghai Express co-star Anna May Wong Image galleries: on-set and promotional photography, including rare materials New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with a new essay by Pamela Hutchinson, archival interviews and articles, an overview of contemporary critical responses, film credits and more UK premieres on Blu-ray Limited Edition of 6,000 copies All extras subject to change
Based on the best-selling, controversial novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls graces the screen with legendary stars Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. The story follows Robert Jordan (Cooper), an American demolition expert who lends his unique abilities to the anti-fascist freedom fighters of Spain. Assisting him is a band of warriors that includes the strong-willed Pilar (Katina Paxinou* in an OscarÂ®- winning performance), the dangerously undependable Pablo (Akim Tamiroff) and the lovely, innocent Maria (Bergman). As danger mounts, Robert and Maria develop a closeness, an interdependence, that blossoms into one of the screen s greatest love stories. Their passion grows as they approach the hour of judgment a climactic confrontation neither may survive. Newly restored, this exclusive version includes footage that was cut after the original theatrical premiere in 1943.
Rocking America with laughter! Frank Capra's screwball romantic comedy available for the first time on DVD!!! Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all unti
One of the greatest Westerns ever made gets the deluxe treatment on this superior disc. Written by Carl Foreman (who was later blacklisted during the anticommunist hearings of the 1950s) and superbly directed by Fred Zinnemann, this 1952 classic stars Gary Cooper as just-married lawman Will Kane, who is about to retire as a small-town sheriff and begin a new life with his bride (Grace Kelly) when he learns that gunslinger Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) is due to arrive at high noon to settle an old score. Kane seeks assistance from deputies and townsfolk, but soon realises he will have to stand alone in his showdown with Miller and his henchmen. Innovative for its time, the suspenseful story unfolds in approximate real time (from 10:40 a.m. to high noon in an 84-minute film), and many interpreted Foreman's drama as an allegorical reflection of apathy and passive acceptance of Senator Joseph McCarthy's anticommunist campaign. Political underpinnings aside, this remains a milestone of its genre (often referred to as the first "adult" Western), and Cooper is flawless in his Oscar-winning role. The first-rate DVD gives this landmark film all the respect it deserves, beginning with a digitally remastered transfer from the original film negative. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Real-life lovers Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier star in this Regency-era romance. After an ageing and dishevelled Lady Hamilton (Leigh) is thrown into prison for disturbing the peace, she begins to recount the dramatic story of her life to her cellmates, including her rise to notoriety as the mistress of the great Lord Nelson (Laurence Olivier) while still unhappily married to the much older British Ambassador Sir William Hamilton (Alan Mowbray).
Directed by Fritz Lang and starring Gary Cooper and Lili Palmer this rare film mixes intrigue with the atomic threat tension builds as a research scientist turned spy (Cooper) has to enter an occupied Europe of World War 2. Cooper is backed up by a host of talent including Robert Alda (father of Alan Alda of M.A.S.H. fame). The film culminates in a vicious hand-to hand duel with and Italian Gestapo agent (Marc Lawrence). This film has an intrigue all it''s own and is unique in many ways. The thread holding it all together is the down home character played credibly by Gary Cooper as the simple man thrust into a complex situation.
The winner of the audience award at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.
Frank Capra classic, which earned the director an Oscar. When Vermont poet Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) inherits a fortune from his uncle, he sets off for New York to take over his new business empire. Newspaper editor MacWade (George Bancroft), believing the naive and trusting Deeds to be too good to be true, assigns reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) to dig up the dirt on him. Babe inveigles her way into Deeds' confidence by staging a fainting fit in front of his mansion, but despite her best efforts finds him to be nothing other than a gentleman. Others, however, are determined to prove that Deeds is not fit for his new fortune, and a court case ensues.
The story of a man who was too proud to run. On the day Lawman Will Kane trades in his tin star for his beautiful bride news arrives that a killer he helped send to jail is returning on the noon train to seek revenge. At the behest of his friends and concerned for his new bride's safety they quickly leave town to avoid a confrontation. But Cooper realises they'll never run far enough away and heads back to town to face the killer. But when Kane tries to drum up support one by one the townspeople he had protected turn their backs on him... until Kane stands alone to face four killers on the deserted streets of town in one of the most famous showdowns ever!
Eureka Entertainment to release the acclaimed masterpiece HIGH NOON, Fred Zinnemann's iconic western starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK from a 4K restoration, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 16 September 2019. Presented with a Limited Edition 100-page Collector's Book and Limited Edition Hardbound Slipcase [3000 copies ONLY]. One of the most treasured Hollywood classics, and one of the most influential and iconic Westerns ever made, High Noon remains a powerful study of heroism, and the tension between the individual and the society around him. One of the best films by director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) -- and produced by Stanley Kramer -- High Noon is riveting entertainment and an acknowledged American masterpiece, yet one with surprisingly tumultuous roots. In his Oscar-winning performance, Gary Cooper stars as small town Marshal Will Kane, preparing to retire and leave town with his young bride Amy (Grace Kelly). However, plans are derailed with the impending arrival of outlaw Frank and his brutal gang. Unfolding in real time, High Noon follows Will as he futilely tries to assemble a posse with the reluctant townspeople, who want Will to forget about a conflict -- as does Amy, a Quaker pacifist who just wants to avoid violence. But as high noon approaches, Will realises he must do the moral thing...with or without help. While the film has become a favourite of U.S. presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton, its release was controversial: John Wayne (who had turned down the role) and Howard Hawks hated it, precisely because it was viewed as a thinly veiled allegory for the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings investigating communism at the time. Its politics make it even more intriguing now, but regardless, High Noon is one of the most important -- and gripping films -- of the 1950s Limited Edtion Features: Hardbound Slipcase PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION 100-PAGE Collector's book featuring new writing on the film; the original short story The Tin Star by John W. Cunningham; excerpts from writings and interviews with director Fred Zinnemann; archival articles and materials relating to the film Blu-ray Features: 4K Digital Restoration Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by historian Glenn Frankel, author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by western authority Stephen Prince New video interview with film historian Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience A 1969 audio interview with writer Carl Foreman from the National Film Theatre in London The Making of High Noon' [22 mins] a documentary on the making of the film Inside High Noon' [47 mins] and Behind High Noon' [10 mins] two video pieces on the making and context of the film Theatrical Trailer
Julianne Moore stars a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her eight-year old son, who is told by her psychiatrist she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had.
An epic Oscar winning film shot in glorious Technicolor by Cecil B. DeMille in which Louis Riel (Francis J. McDonald) tries to organize Indians and French settlers into a fighting force that will battle against the ruling British and the North West Mounted Police. One of Riel's associates Jacques Corbeau (George Bancroft) is wanted for murder and is being pursued into Canada by Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers (Gary Cooper). Rivers joins up with the Mounties to pursue his outlaw but then falls for nurse April Logan (Madeleine Carroll) the beau of a stiff upper-lipped Mountie sergeant Jim Brett (Preston S. Foster). But events overtake their rivalry when the rebels obtain a Gatling gun and April's brother Ronnie Logan (Robert Preston) also a member of the North West Mounted Police falls in love with Louvette (Paulette Goddard) a fiery vixen and 'half-breed' who is Corbeau's sister.
Based on Ernest Hemingway's tragic wartime romance
Vera Cruz was only director Robert Aldrich's second Western (his first, made a few months earlier, was the revisionist, pro-Native-American Apache), but it's such an assured, stylish affair that he might have been roaming the sagebrush for decades. In the aftermath of the American Civil War two lone adventurers make their way south of the border, where Mexico is fighting a civil war of its own to rid the country of the French-imposed Emperor Maximilian. Neither the dour Benjamin Trane (Gary Cooper) nor the grinning, devil-may-care Joe Erin (Burt Lancaster) has much in the way of idealism, but Trane still retains a thin bitter edge of integrity, a quality quite alien to the cheerfully amoral Erin. In uneasy alliance, constantly looking to outwit or double-cross each other, the two find themselves escorting a beautiful French countess (Denise Darcel) and a shipment of gold across country. Cooper and Lancaster create a superb double-act, using their contrasted screen personas to point up the humour and the cynicism of the two mercenaries' relationship. Darcel makes less than she might of the femme fatale role, but there are relishable cameos from Cesar Romero as a suavely duplicitous aristo and Ernest Borgnine as another gringo with an exceptionally vicious streak. The script, according to Aldrich, was written on the run, "always finished about five minutes before we shot it", but you wouldn't guess it from the laconic wit of the dialogue. It looks great, too--Ernest Laszlo's widescreen photography makes the most of the handsome Mexican locations. With its irreverent take on the accepted moral conventions of the genre, Vera Cruz ushered in a new kind of Western, and its central love-hate relationship would be replayed in Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962) and Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). On the DVD: Not much in the way of extras but the mono sound has been expertly remastered to the benefit of Hugo Friedhofer's spirited score. Above all, the film's presented in its full Superscope ratio (16:9), a blessed relief after all those years when it showed up panned-and-scanned on BBC1. If ever a movie needed widescreen, it's this one--if only to fit in all Burt's teeth. You can see why they called him "Crockery Joe". --Philip Kemp
The winner of the audience award at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.
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