VIVA ZAPATA!
1952, 20th Century Fox, 113 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando) leads the poor of his country in an uprising against the corrupt, dictatorial president, with a little help from brother Eufemio (Anthony Quinn). Kazan’s spectacularly entertaining historical epic is part Western, part biopic and part social commentary - and a smashing success on every level. Quinn won the Oscar for his supporting role in this John Steinbeck-scripted masterpiece.


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
1965, 20th Century Fox, 140 min, USA, Dir: Carol Reed

"When will you make an end?" asks desperate, paint-spattered pontiff Julius II (Rex Harrison) as he gazes mournfully at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s answer? "When I am finished." Director Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, OLIVER!) adapts Irving Stone’s best-selling historical novel, which features one of Charlton Heston’s most complex performances as the tormented master artist. Featuring stunning cinematography by Leon Shamroy (THE KING & I) and a marvelous score by the great Alex North (SPARTACUS).


A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
1951, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with Stanley and wife Stella (Kim Hunter), her sister. Brilliantly acted and mounted on every level, with Academy Awards going to Leigh for Best Actress, Hunter for Best Supporting Actress and Karl Malden for Best Supporting Actor. "A masterwork in some indefinable middle ground which is neither stage nor screen." - David Shipman


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