QUIZ SHOW
1994, Buena Vista Pictures, 133 min, USA, Dir: Robert Redford

In December 1956, millions of viewers tuned in to watch reigning champ Herb Stempel (John Turturro) lose to the refined Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) on the quiz show “Twenty-One.” But it was all faked, and the resulting scandal is the basis for this nuanced look at integrity falling victim to TV ratings. Paul Attanasio’s script earned an Oscar nomination, as did Redford’s direction and Paul Scofield’s performance as Van Doren’s father.


THE ENGLISH PATIENT
1996, Park Circus/Miramax, 162 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Minghella

Ralph Fiennes is badly burned in a WWII plane crash and wakes up in a monastery, where he claims to have no memory of who he is. As nurse Juliette Binoche tends to him, his story emerges in flashbacks, and his passionate affair with Kristin Scott Thomas forms the basis of one of the most beloved romances in movie history. Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score anchors a richly layered, novelistic epic that recalls the best films of David Lean and David O. Selznick.


SCHINDLER’S LIST
1993, Universal, 195 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s SCHINDLER’S LIST tells the incredible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who risked his career and life to employ and save 1,100 Jews in his factory during the Holocaust. A triumph of the human spirit in the face of devastation and tragedy, the film stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, and took home seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.


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