THE SAND PEBBLES
1966, 20th Century Fox, 182 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

This sweeping tale of gunboat diplomacy in 1920s China was a longtime passion project for director Robert Wise, who shot THE SOUND OF MUSIC during the film’s pre-production delays. In his only Oscar-nominated performance, Steve McQueen plays Jake Holman, a Navy machinist's mate plunged into simmering racial and political tensions when he is transferred to the U.S.S. San Pablo. The star-studded cast includes Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen and Mako.


THE GAUCHO (1927)
1927, Kino International, 115 min, USA, Dir: F. Richard Jones

THE GAUCHO is unique among Douglas Fairbanks' swashbucklers in both look and tone, taking place in a magnificent white city, high in the Andes, purpose-built for Fairbanks' amazing stunts. Playing an amoral Bandit King, he dances an erotic tango with the Mountain Girl - the first appearance of future screen sensation Lupe Velez.


TUNES OF GLORY
1960, Janus Films, 106 min, UK, Dir: Ronald Neame

Two Scottish army colonels battle over their very different methods and backgrounds when lower-class Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness, in one of his favorite performances) is forced to work with upper-crust disciplinarian and bureaucrat Basil Barrow (John Mills). Before long, their philosophical differences threaten the unity of their entire regiment, as a series of minor events sets off a chain reaction in this riveting drama from director Ronald Neame.


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