May 9, 1973: Hitler – The Last Ten Days, Paper Moon and Soylent Green

On April 29, 1945, in his air-raid bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun. Martin Bormann was the best man. Each of the wedding guests received a silver-framed photograph of the Fuhrer and two cyanide capsules.

Hitler-The_Last_Ten_Days-1973Hitler: The Last Ten Days is a British-Italian biographical drama film depicting the days leading up to Adolf Hitler’s suicide. The film stars Alec Guinness (as Hitler)and Simon Ward (as Capt Hoffmann), and features an introduction presented by Alistair Cooke; the original music score was composed by Mischa Spoliansky. The film is based on the book Hitler’s Last Days: An Eye-Witness Account (first translated in English in 1973) by Gerhard Boldt, an officer in the German Army who survived the Führerbunker. Location shooting for the film included the De Laurentiis Studios in Rome and parts of England.

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The film opens with Hitler’s 56th birthday, on 20 April 1945, and ends 10 days later with
his suicide, on 30 April.

The film also stars Eric Porter, Joss Ackland, John Barron, Sheila Gish, Julian Glover, Timothy West, and Andrew Sachs. [Wikipedia]

“As P.T. Barnum put it, “There’s a sucker born every minute.””

Paper_Moon-1973Paper Moon is an American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown. The film, shot in black-and-white, is set in Kansas and Missouri during the Great Depression. It stars the real-life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O’Neal as protagonists Moze and Addie.

Tatum O’Neal won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Addie, making her, at age 10, the youngest competitive winner in the history of the Academy Awards. [Wikipedia]

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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Paramount Movies YouTube Channel.

“It’s the year 2022… People are still the same. They’ll do anything to get what they need. And the need SOYLENT GREEN.”

Soylent_Green-1973Soylent Green is an American science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston and Leigh Taylor-Young. Edward G. Robinson appears in his final film. Loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, it combines both police procedural and science fiction genres; the investigation into the murder of a wealthy businessman and a dystopian future of dying oceans and year-round humidity due to the greenhouse effect, resulting in suffering from pollution, poverty, overpopulation and depleted resources.

In 1973 it won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. [Wikipedia]

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Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

 

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