Violent Summer (1959)

Introduction Estate violenta (US title: Violent Summer) is a 1961 Italian award-winning black-and-white drama film directed by Valerio Zurlini, depicting a love affair between a prominent Fascist’s young draft-dodging son, portrayed by Jean-Louis Trintignant, and a naval officer’s widow, older than he, portrayed by Eleonora Rossi Drago. It is set in the Italian seaside resort… Read More

Viva Zapata! (1952)

Introduction Viva Zapata! is a 1952 American Western film directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck, using Edgcomb Pinchon’s 1941 book Zapata the Unconquerable as a guide. The cast includes Jean Peters and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, Anthony Quinn. The film is a fictionalized account of… Read More

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Introduction Von Ryan’s Express is a 1965 World War II adventure film starring Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, and Raffaella CarrĂ , and directed by Mark Robson. Produced in CinemaScope, the film depicts a group of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) who conduct a daring escape by hijacking the freight train carrying the POWs and fleeing through… Read More

Crusade (1999): S01E22 – The End of the Line

Introduction Crusade is an American spin-off television series from J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5, released in 1999. It is set in 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms (1999). Part of the Babylon 5 franchise. Outline Gideon learns of the origins of the ship… Read More

Crusade (1999): S01E20 – The Walls of Hell

Introduction Crusade is an American spin-off television series from J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5, released in 1999. It is set in 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms (1999). Part of the Babylon 5 franchise. Outline In attempt to rescue Dureena, Matheson gets possessed… Read More

Crusade (1999): S01E17 – Tried and True

Introduction Crusade is an American spin-off television series from J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5, released in 1999. It is set in 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms (1999). Part of the Babylon 5 franchise. Outline Dureena is imprisoned and interrogated by her mentor… Read More