★★★★☆ UK. 3h8m. Biography / Historical. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Written by James Goldman (screenplay) and Robert K. Massie (“Nicholas And Alexandra”). Cinematography by Freddie Young. Edited by Ernest Walter. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett. Starring Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence Olivier, Tom Baker, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, Harry Andrews, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candace Glendenning, Fiona Fullerton, Irene Worth.
A partial account of the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costume Design. It was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Janet Suzman), Best Cinematography, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Picture.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h16m. Biography / War / Drama. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Becky Johnston (screenplay) and Heinrich Harrer (“Seven Years In Tibet”). Cinematography by Robert Fraisse. Edited by Noëlle Boisson. Music by John Williams. Starring Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Danny Denzongpa, Mako, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk.
Based on the 1952 book of the same name. The book was written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1939 and 1951 during World War II, the interim period, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s invasion of Tibet in 1950.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h20m. Biography / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Guy Bolton, Alma Reville (screenplay) and Alfred Maria Willner, Heinz Reichert, Ernst Marischka (“Walzer aus Wien”). Cinematography by Glen MacWilliams. Starring Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, Fay Compton, Frank Vosper, Robert Hale, Marcus Barron.
Part of the cycle of operetta films made in Britain during the 1930s, Hitchcock’s film is based on the stage musical, Waltzes from Vienna, which premiered in Vienna in October 1930.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h6m. Biography / Musical. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Written by Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Edited by George Amy. Music by George M. Cohan, Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld. Starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf.
Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 American biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway”. The film was a major hit for Warner Brothers. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three.