LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: John Stahl

Exhibit A in the argument that film noir isn't always black-and-white. Don't let the stunningly lush Technicolor fool you - this big-budget soap opera has the blackest of hearts and is as perverse and malignant as it got in the ’40s. Novelist Cornel Wilde falls for gorgeous Gene Tierney but has no idea of the darkness lurking behind those emerald eyes. A rare chance to see Leon Shamroy's Oscar-winning cinematography on the big screen.


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 ROOTS OF HEAVEN
1958, 20th Century Fox, 121 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

The endangered African elephant is the “root of Heaven” in this prescient look at an idealist (Trevor Howard) trying to save a species from extinction. Romain Gary’s nuanced script, adapted from his novel, has a field day with the varied characters who hope to use the crusading conservationist to advance their own agendas. Errol Flynn, Eddie Albert and Orson Welles are among the star-studded cast (who battled withering heat during the film’s location shoot).


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