1976, Paramount, 125 min, USA, Dir: John Schlesinger

Nail-biting political thriller with Dustin Hoffman investigating the death of his government agent brother, Roy Scheider - and running smack into Nazi-on-the-run Laurence Olivier, in one of his most wildly entertaining performances. Marthe Keller earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Hoffman’s ill-fated girlfriend.

1960, Universal, 184 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Director Stanley Kubrick’s awesome epic is one of the most visually stunning films ever produced in 70mm. Kirk Douglas stars as the gladiator who leads his fellow slaves in a revolt against Rome, while co-stars Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin and Nina Foch get swept into the firestorm. Brilliantly scripted by writer Dalton Trumbo (whose hiring by producer Douglas helped shatter the blacklist), with Oscar-winning photography by Russell Metty.

1957, Warner Bros., 115 min, UK, Dir: Laurence Olivier

Prince-regent Grandduke Charles of Carpatha (Sir Laurence Olivier, who also directs) is visiting London for the coronation of the new British king in 1911, when one night he indulges his proclivities and stops by the Coconut Girl Club. There he meets gorgeous but clumsy club singer Elsie (Marilyn Monroe) and against his better judgment, invites the curvaceous chanteuse to a private dinner. Little does the prince know that Elsie understands German, and when she overhears Charles mentioning his son’s plans to switch alliances to Germany, she gets to work on the wee tasks of reconciling the two royals and keeping Carpatha from tipping the volatile Europe into war. With Jeremy Spenser and Sybil Thorndike.

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