NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH
1940, 20th Century Fox, 90 min, UK, Dir: Carol Reed

Director Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, ODD MAN OUT) was no stranger to superb, edge-of-your-seat entertainments, and he supplies all the elements here in one of his earliest, comparatively lesser-known outings. British agent Rex Harrison tries to spirit a refugee Czech scientist back to England after the Nazis kidnap him as well as his newly arrived daughter (Margaret Lockwood). With Paul Henried, Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford.


A HIDDEN LIFE
2019, Fox Searchlight, 173 min, Germany/USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

Based on real events, visionary writer-director Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife (Valerie Pachner) and children that keeps his spirit alive. “With his best film since THE TREE OF LIFE, Terrence Malick poses tough questions about personal faith in a world gone astray in this epic return to form.” – Peter DeBruge, Variety.


SEVEN BEAUTIES
PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZZE
1976, Kino Lorber, 115 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

One of the most pivotal films of the 1970s, SEVEN BEAUTIES received Academy Award nomination in the categories of Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Foreign-Language Film. The film is the grotesquely funny story of Pasqualino Settebellezze, a small-time crook and ladies’ man who fumbles his way through the atrocities of World War II. Giancarlo Giannini's Academy Award-nominated performance is sheer genius. He is a “Chaplinesque Valentino,” a silent film clown who thinks he is a matinee idol, with his combination of arrogance and eloquence; serenity and disorder. Wertmüller's direction, from the perfumed vaudeville of Pasqualino's prime to the Grand Guignol of the concentration camps, is simply astonishing.


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