The Great Escape, “Tell Me” on Criterion Channel, and Two by Michael Schlesinger: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations

The Great Escape was a dream project for director John Sturges for years before the success of The Magnificent Seven finally enabled him to make it in 1962, and the countless hours he spent thinking about and planning the WWII epic are evident in every flawless shot.

The true story of a group of Allied officers who plan and execute a daring escape from a Nazi Pow camp, The Great Escape is an exhilarating celebration of ingenuity and skill by a director who honors his characters with some awfully impressive skill of his own.

The movie is 172 minutes but […]

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