BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY
1951, Paramount, 124 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

Beautiful, doom-laden story of a brash American (Robert Stack) entering the traditional world of Mexican toreros; Gilbert Roland is stunning as Stack’s older mentor. The first of Boetticher’s great bullfighting films. With Joy Page, Katy Jurado.


1941 (EXTENDED EDITION)
1979, Universal/Columbia, 146 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

In the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, wayward Japanese submarines, unidentified aircraft and accidental explosions put Los Angeles into a state of panic in director Steven Spielberg’s first feature comedy, co-written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (BACK TO THE FUTURE) and inspired by actual events. As Captain Wild Bill Kelso, John Belushi leads an all-star cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Toshirō Mifune, Robert Stack and many more. The restored Extended Edition adds 28 minutes to this cult favorite along with a full 5.1 Dolby Surround sound mix.


WRITTEN ON THE WIND
1956, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Douglas Sirk

Commonly acknowledged as one of pantheon director Douglas Sirk’s most sublime masterworks, this tale of two friends - rich, alcoholic Robert Stack and poor, sensible Rock Hudson (who also works for him) - runs the gamut of emotions, examining the consequences of the pair’s mutual love for radiant Lauren Bacall. But Sirk doesn’t stop there as he subtly explores, through back story and character, the loneliness and spiritual degradation caused by unchecked materialism. He also manages to skillfully sidestep soap opera cliches while still delivering glossy, superior popular entertainment. Dorothy Malone won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Stack’s promiscuous sister with a long-unrequited yen for Hudson.


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