FIVE CAME BACK
2017, Netflix, 180 min, USA, Dir: Laurent Bouzereau

Hollywood did its part during WWII as performers entertained troops and filmmakers covered the war. This unforgettable documentary profiles five of the latter - Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler - who were profoundly changed by their wartime experiences. Interviews with contemporary directors including Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Guillermo del Toro add perspective to the lives and work of the “five who came back.”


SALVADOR
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 123 min, UK/USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

Disenfranchised U.S. photojournalist Ricky Boyle (James Woods) throws himself and reluctant party buddy James Belushi into the turmoil of the 1980 Central American military dictatorship, winding up caught between the rebels and his own CIA. John Savage and Michael Murphy co-star. Boyle and Stone were nominated for Best Original Screenplay.


NIXON
1995, Buena Vista Pictures, 192 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

This ambitious biopic of our 37th president earned four Oscar nominations, including nods for Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the title role and Joan Allen’s supporting work as wife Pat Nixon. A nuanced portrait of Richard Nixon from his days as a young boy to his downfall in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in, the film underlines how lonely and treacherous the halls of power can become. With James Woods, Ed Harris and Paul Sorvino.


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