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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb

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Cross of Iron
UK, Germany , 1977

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Script: Julius J. Epstein, James Hamilton, Willi Heinrich, Walter Kelley
Producer: Wolf C. Hartwig, Arlene Sellers, Alex Winitsky
Cinematography: John Coquillon
Editing: Michael Ellis, Murray Jordan, Tony Lawson
Music: Ernest Gold, Peter Thomas
Cast: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner, Slavko Štimac, Senta Berger

Format: boja, color, video
Running time: 103'

Peckinpah film is a World War II tale told from the German perspective, following a platoon of German soldiers in the Russia of 1943, when the German Wehrmacht forces had been decimated and the Germans were retreating along the Russian front. James Coburn is Steiner, a German corporal and recipient of the Iron Cross who feels that he owes his loyalty to his family and fellow soldiers and not to Hitler and the German war machine. But when a new commander, Captain Stransky (Maximillian Schell), takes over the platoon, Steiner and Stransky come into immediate conflict.

1977 Golden Screen - Golden Screen Award

Directors Biography
Sam Peckinpah (1925 – 1984) was an American film director who achieved iconic status following the release of his 1969 Western epic The Wild Bunch. He became one of the major filmmakers of the 1970s with his innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence, as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre. Many of his films were noted for behind-the-scenes battles with producers and crew members, damaging his reputation and career during his lifetime. Several of his films, including The Wild Bunch (1969), Straw Dogs (1971), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), remain controversial to this day.

Location and screening schedule: BUG cinema &TD, Wednesday, October 22nd at 18.00

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