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

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007): Voices in the Dark: Over Here

Introduction Babylon 5: The Lost Tales was intended to be an anthology show set in the Babylon 5 universe. It was announced by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2006. Straczynski has described the stories as ones he had for the Babylon 5 television series, but… Read More