Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.
“Fraulein” begins with a close-up shot of the spires of a Gothic cathedral, organ music playing on the soundtrack and air-raid sirens blaring as a statement appears on screen: “Cologne on the Rhine during the last weeks of World War II.” The scene moves down to street level as German civilians and soldiers run for bomb shelters as destruction rains down on them. An American prisoner of war makes his escape during the chaos and he stumbles upon the home of a college professor and his daughter.
Mel Ferrer plays the American Pow, Captain Foster MacLain. He meets the Fraulein of the movie, Erika Angermann, played by Dana Wynter. She helps him evade capture during a search of her father’s home. We learn about a fiancé she has not seen in over two years. She learns later from a letter that he has been wounded and is in a hospital.
“Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Center Eighteen, a secret military “rest camp” housing twenty-seven inmates who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. The Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base to find out if the men truly lost their minds or are only pretending to be insane to avoid combat – or if some more sinister conspiracy is at work. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men’s bizarre obsessions. But as Center Eighteen descends into chaos,
A Night To Remember is the original, Golden Globe winning Titanic masterpiece, digitally re-mastered for audiences to experienced again and again. The film retells the tragedy of the luxury liner Rms Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (Kenneth More – Sink the Bismarck!, Scrooge). After colliding with an iceberg, a 300 feet hole is torn into the hull of the vessel giving the passengers and crew a mere three hours to escape. With only enough lifeboat places for 1178 people, A Night To Remember is the gripping account of the 2223 passengers’ desperation as the liner’s tranquillity turns to panic.
"When Eagles Dared" tells the stories of the historical events of World War II and the films that have depicted these events on cinema screens, presenting a guide to history through cinema that compares the cinematic myth with the historical reality. Illustrated with rare posters and stills, it gives us a unique view of this war through the lenses of over 50 diverse films that have shaped our perceptions of the conflict, including "Downfall," "Patton," "Tora! Tora! Tora!, ""Anzio," "The Thin Red Line," "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Stalingrad," "Battle of the Bulge," "Cross of Iron, " and "A Bridge Too Far." The book portrays the men and women who participated in World War II, from
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Singer Johnny Horton's Sink the Bismarck was a major hit when released in 1960. What many people don't realize is that the song was commissioned as the theme song for the film of the same name that was released ithe same year. It's pretty obvious why it wasn't used in the final cut of the movie: Horton specialized in catchy novelty songs with a country western theme. The film, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Kenneth More, was notable for its ultra-realistic take on the British pursuit of the infamous German battleship. As good as Horton's theme was, it would have been completely out of place in the film. Interestingly, if you have the DVD of the movie, check out the bonus trailer - it features snippets of Horton's song, indicating that the decision to cut it was made at the last minute.
It could be argued that the strikingly beautiful, dark-haired Dana Wynter, who has died aged 79, did not have the film career she deserved. One of the reasons may have been that she was under a seven-year contract to 20th Century Fox, a studio that gave her few chances to display her histrionic talents. As proof, Wynter's best film, Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), was produced by Allied Artists, one of the "Poverty Row" studios.
Nevertheless, it was Fox that made the demure Wynter into a star, featuring her in five rather hollow, self-important CinemaScope pictures. Some of her own frustration with her image is implied in D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956) when, as a British Red Cross worker, she tells a married American army captain with whom she is romantically involved: "You
Dana Wynter, the stunning beauty who played the female lead in the 1956 science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers has died from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years-old. Wynter's career escalated after appearing the film, which was directed by Don Siegel. She routinely dismissed theories that the movie was a criticism of McCarthyism, saying they only wanted to tell a good yarn. Wynter's other major films include Sink the Bismarck, D-Day: The Sixth of June, The List of Adrian Messenger and Airport. After the release of the latter film in 1970, Wynter concentrated on raising a family, though she did appear as a guest star in many TV series during the 1980s and 1990s. For more click here
The actress passed away in Ojai, California on Thursday after suffering congestive heart failure.
Wynter, who was born in Germany and raised in England, trained to be a doctor before pursuing her acting dreams.
She racked up TV credits on shows such as The Man Who Never Was, Wagon Train, Cannon and The Rockford Files, and starred in films including Shake Hands With The Devil with James Cagney, Sink the Bismarck! and Airport.
She is best known for her role as Becky Driscoll in 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Wynter is survived by a son, Mark.
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Founded barely four years ago by James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog has flown in the face of the generally more reserved and traditional British brewing industry with the style of their beer and their marketing, both of which are more in line with American craft breweries such as Dogfish Head and Stone. To call them progressive is almost an understatement, and they’ve polarised beer geeks with their antics. BrewDog is a phenomenon you either love or you hate.
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Over the past few weeks, and until the end of the year, Pinewood Studios have set up a ‘drive-in series’ of which our roving reporter Ben went to The Shining a couple of weeks ago (his review here). This weekend, Pinewood Studios decided that just having the biggest screen in Europe wasn’t enough, but that they wanted to break the world record for the largest movie projection Ever! Well, the good news is that this weekend on Saturday, 7th November, they did just that screening Mission: Impossible.
“The film was projected at 41.8 metres wide by 17.8 metres high onto Europe’s largest outdoor screen.”
“This feat forms part of Pinewood’s current Drive-In series for the public,
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