HENRY V (1944)
1944, Sony Repertory, 137 min, UK, Dir: Laurence Olivier

Winston Churchill wanted a morale booster for British troops in WWII and got more than he could have possibly imagined in what is arguably the first great Shakespeare film. Laurence Olivier directs and stars as the 15th-century warrior king, leading his troops to victory against the French at Agincourt. Brilliantly framed with sequences depicting the play’s performance at the Globe Theatre, this Technicolor tour-de-force was nominated for four Oscars, with Olivier receiving an honorary award for his yeoman work. Once more unto the breach!


MARATHON MAN
1976, Paramount, 125 min, USA, Dir: John Schlesinger

Nail-biting political thriller with Dustin Hoffman investigating the death of his government agent brother, Roy Scheider - and running smack into Nazi-on-the-run Laurence Olivier, in one of his most wildly entertaining performances. Marthe Keller earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Hoffman’s ill-fated girlfriend.


SPARTACUS
1960, Universal, 184 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Director Stanley Kubrick’s awesome epic is one of the most visually stunning films ever produced in 70mm. Kirk Douglas stars as the gladiator who leads his fellow slaves in a revolt against Rome, while co-stars Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin and Nina Foch get swept into the firestorm. Brilliantly scripted by writer Dalton Trumbo (whose hiring by producer Douglas helped shatter the blacklist), with Oscar-winning photography by Russell Metty.


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