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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).


SALOMÉ
2013, Salome Productions, 77 min, USA, Dir: Al Pacino

The story of a princess who lived in the time of Jesus. Salomé is in love with prophet John the Baptist, whom her stepfather, King Herod, has imprisoned in a well for heresy. But her love is spurned, and after the king drunkenly promises the princess anything she wants in exchange for an erotically charged dance, Salomé puts Herod in a terrible position by demanding the head of John the Baptist - the only man the king fears. "SALOMÉ is my attempt to merge play and film. The mediums can collide and my hope is to have them unify so that you're seeing pure theater on film. To make that hybrid effective has been my goal; to have the more naturalistic photogenic qualities of film complement the language-driven essence of theater." - Al Pacino


THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
1938, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley

In what is commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful, spectacular early Technicolor films, swashbuckling Errol Flynn ("Welcome to Sherwood!") rescues lovely Olivia de Havilland from the evil clutches of Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in a rousing adventure for the ages.


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