1974 – Murder On The Orient Express

★★★★☆ UK. 2h8m. Mystery. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Paul Dehn (screenplay) and Agatha Christie (“Murder On The Orient Express”). Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Edited by Anne V. Coates. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett. Starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, Michael York.

The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney), is asked to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The suspects are portrayed by an all-star cast. Received six nominations at the 47th Academy Awards: Best Actor (Finney), Best Supporting Actress (Bergman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Of these nominations, Bergman was the only winner.

1936 – Secret Agent

★★★☆☆ UK. 1h26m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Charles Bennett, Alma Reville, Ian Hay, Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) and Campbell Dixon (“Secret Agent”) and W. Somerset Maugham (story). Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Edited by Charles Frend. Starring John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer.

An author who is also a British captain is asked to undertake a secret mission: to identify and eliminate a German agent on his way to Arabia to stir up trouble in the Middle East. Upon agreeing, he’s given a new identity (Richard Ashenden), a fake death, and the assistance of a killer known variously as “the Hairless Mexican” and “the General” (Lorre), though he’s not bald, Mexican or a general. When “Ashenden” arrives there, he is surprised to find that the secret service has also provided him with an attractive wife