This week’s DVD choices were sent in by dedicated reader Brian Theiss.
The Princess Bride (released in 1987 by 20th Century Fox) – This Rob Reiner film has become a cult classic over the last twenty years. The story is a somewhat classic tale of boy meets girl, boy gets into a swordfight and rescues girl while paralyzed. The movie is fun and safe for the entire family.
Cary Elwes and Robin Wright play the star-crossed lovers but the film works best when Andre the Giant and Mandy Patinkin are on screen. The swordfight scene between Elwes and Patinkin, featuring both left-handed and right-handed swordplay by both actors, is of particular note. The film is listed by the American Film Institute as one of their top comedies as well as one of the top romances.
Stalag 17 (released in 1953 by Paramount) – Billy Wilder directed this story of a group of American airmen stuck in a prison camp during World War II. The film was very well received and netted a Best Lead Actor Oscar for William Holden. His acceptance speech consisted of two words, “Thank you.”
The story begins with an attempted prison break by inmates who are immediately shot. The act prompts the remaining prisoners to believe there is a traitor among them. Allegations are brought to light with the backdrop of the awful living conditions of the camp. The progress of the story is well paced and the scenes are satisfying.
It is slowly getting warmer in Louisville but it is still a perfect time for a movie. Feel free to drop me a line about your thoughts or suggest a future DVD at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend.