Cross Of Iron
Size/Type: US One Sheet (27" x 41")
Country of Origin: USA
Condition: Very Fine minus; originally folded
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Actor/Actress: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner, Senta Berger, Vadim Glowna, Roger Fritz, Dieter Schidor, Burkhard Driest, Fred Stillkrauth.
Comments: "Cross Of Iron" is a masterpiece, one of the greatest anti-war, anti-authoritarian movies. It is one of director Sam Peckinpah's two finest works -- the other being "The Wild Bunch". It deserves to be ranked in the same great war movie company as "Apocalypse Now, Das Boot, Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan". Its setting on the World War Two Eastern Front, its gruesomeness, and its risk-taking viewpoint on ugly combat from the German side, have tended to count against fair assessment of its considerable artistic achievements. Viewers wary of the morality of its German viewpoint and its explicitness might find that it is fundamentally about humanity in general as a victim of war. The film reflects on the humanity which may be found on all sides of conflict--including Russian humanity portrayed variously as relentless, innocent, brave, and feminine.
NSS # 77/94