Director: John Ford.
Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood. USA 1956. 119 mins.
Often cited as the best Western ever made, THE SEARCHERS turns Monument Valley into an interiour landscape as John Wayne pursues his five-year odyssey, a grim quest - to kill both the Indian who abducted his niece and the tainted girl herself.
Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother (Terry Jones), the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate (Michael Palin) and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.
Director: Alfred Hitchock.
Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr. USA 1954. 112 mins.
When James Stewart’s photojournalist is confined to his apartment with a broken leg in a sweltering summer in New York, he begins to observe constantly the lives of those around him. Passive activity evolves into voyeuristic obsession, until he thinks he has witnessed a murder… One of Hitchcock’s most celebrated and morally complex films, with the camera restrained as tightly as the incapacitated protagonist and aligned to his privileged and restricted point of view. Mordant wit, nail-biting suspense and a gallery of superb performances, not least from Raymond Burr as the victimised murderer across the way.
Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring,UK 1946. 100 mins.
British Air Force pilot Peter Carter is on his way home to England from a World War II bombing mission in a badly damaged aircraft. Before he bails out of the plane into the ocean, he contacts June, an Allied radio operator with whom he shares what he believes to be his final moments on Earth. But Peter survives, finds June and they fall in love. A problem arises when a divine messenger arrives to escort Peter to heaven to rectify his wrongful survival.