THE LAST UNICORN
1982, Conlan Press, 92 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass

While directors Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass are best known for their stop-motion TV specials, they also did traditional cel work, and the Japanese animation house they used here would go on to become Studio Ghibli. Adapted by Peter S. Beagle from his novel, this touching fantasy features the voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee and Mia Farrow as the titular creature on a magic-filled quest to find others of her kind. With music by Jimmy Webb and soft-rock hitmakers America.


CATCH-22
1970, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

After their triumphant collaboration on THE GRADUATE, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry reunited for this adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical WWII novel. The all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight, Orson Welles and Henry himself.


THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!
1966, Park Circus/MGM, 126 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

Director Norman Jewison’s warm-hearted satire tracks the crew of a Russian sub (headed up by a delightful Alan Arkin, Theodore Bikel and John Philip Law) who inadvertently scuttle their craft on the beach of Gloucester Island, sending the local inhabitants - all of them possessed of Cold War paranoia - into a tizzy. Carl Reiner and Eva Marie Saint head a phenomenal cast as the Whitakers, a couple who interact with the accidental invaders, with Brian Keith as the police chief, Jonathan Winters as his clueless deputy and Paul Ford as a pompous, retired military officer.


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