SERGEANT YORK
1941, Warner Bros., 134 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Gary Cooper stars as Alvin C. York, a hillbilly sharpshooter and pacifist who is drafted into World War I, only to become one of the most celebrated army soldiers when he single handedly attacks and captures a German position, using his turkey-shoot expertise. Winner of two Oscars for Best Actor (Cooper) and Best Film Editing, with an additional nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan) and Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Wycherly).


HENRY V (1989)
1989, MGM Repertory, 137 min, UK, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh became an international star with his debut directorial effort, in which he also stars as the warrior king of the title. Emma Thompson is Henry's love interest, and Ian Holm, Christian Bale and Judi Dench are just a few of the supporting players. A film filled with both lyrical dialogue and smashing action sequences, HENRY V is as exciting as cinema gets.


JOURNEY INTO FEAR
1943, RKO [Warner Bros.], 68 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles, Norman Foster

Orson Welles reunited his Mercury Theatre colleagues for this shadowy and stylish adaptation of Eric Ambler’s tale of wartime intrigue. Joseph Cotten - who wrote the screenplay - plays an engineer pursued by a murderous Nazi agent, for reasons unknown, throughout the Near East. Drastically cut prior to release (with new scenes shot by Foster) the film remains a uniquely Wellesian exercise in cinematic style, dripping with atmosphere and outfitted with an array of colorful characters, including delicious Dolores Del Rio as a femme fatale chanteuse. “Welles and Del Rio together! As Terror Man vs. Leopard Woman! It’s menace melodrama thrilled with mighty mystery and suspense… See it!” Not on DVD!


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