Five Graves To Cairo - The Masters Of Cinema Series #237

Five Graves To Cairo - The Masters Of Cinema Series #237

Blu-ray · Region BGroßbritannien · Thriller ⁄ Krieg · Paramount · USA 1943

Only the second Hollywood film directed by Billy Wilder, the riveting World War II spy thriller Five Graves to Cairo is an underrated early gem from the filmmaker, who would ascend to the industry's highest ranks with his next project, Double Indemnity. Five Graves demonstrates that Wilder and screenwriter Charles Brackett—who would collaborate on thirteen films, winning screenplay Oscars for The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard - were already working at the peak of their powers, delivering an espionage yarn that never lets up on the suspense.

The only survivor in his unit after a battle with Rommel's soldiers in North Africa, British Corporal Bramble (Franchot Tone) staggers through the desert until arriving at the largely deserted Empress of Britain hotel, staffed only by owner Farid (Akim Tamiroff) and his French employee Mouche (Anne Baxter). While Bramble hopes to hide there, the hotel doesn't remain deserted for long - Rommel (a scene-stealing Erich von Stroheim) and his men arrive and take over the building as new headquarters. Bramble assumes the identity of a recently killed waiter…only to soon discover that this waiter was also serving as a German spy, a role Bramble now has to adopt for his own survival. And while Mouche knows Bramble's true identity, she has her own reasons for not wanting to aid in his plot.

Named by Quentin Tarantino as one of his favourite films, Five Graves to Cairo is filled with duplicity and danger at every turn. Wilder ratchets up the tension surrounding a disparate group of characters trapped together in wartime, with each hiding their own secrets and their own schemes. The director would soon become one of Hollywood's most lauded talents, but his genius was clearly evident in this early work. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray.

Movie-Facts

Titel: Five Graves To Cairo - The Masters Of Cinema Series #237
Orginal Titel: Five Graves To Cairo
Deutscher Titel: Fünf Gräber bis Kairo
Genre: Thriller ⁄ Krieg
Studio: Paramount
Vertrieb: Eureka Entertainment Ltd.
Land / Jahr: USA 1943
Altersfreigabe: BBFC: Parental Guidance
Länge: 96:43 Minuten

Cast & Crew

Regisseur:Billy WILDER
Screenplay:Charles BRACKETT
Billy WILDER
basierend auf dem Theaterstück von:Lajos BIRÓ
Produzent:Charles BRACKETT
Ausführender Produzent:Buddy G. DESYLVA
Kamera:John F. SEITZ
Musik:Miklós RÓZSA
Besetzung:Franchot TONE als Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos
Anne BAXTER als Mouche
Akim TAMIROFF als Farid
Erich VON STROHEIM als Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Peter VAN EYCK als Lt. Schwelger
Fortunio BONANOVA als Gen. Sebastiano

technische Daten der Disc

Medium: Blu-ray
Region: Region B [GroßbritannienGroßbritannien]
Casetype: Amaray Blu-ray-Case (durchsichtig)
Disctyp: Blu-ray (BD50 - Double Layer)
Bildformat: 1.37:1
Videocodec: H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC)
Videodetails: Resolution: 1080p
Frame Rate: 23,976 / 24 fps
Color Space: Rec.709 8bit
Tonformate: Englisch & Deutsch LPCM 2.0 Mono [O-Ton]
Englisch LPCM 2.0 Stereo [Audiokommentar]
Untertitel: Englisch [für Hörgeschädigte]

Special Features

Standard-Features:
  • Hauptmenü
  • Popup-Menü
  • Trailer [2:13 Min.]
  • Booklet (32 Seiten)
Special-Features:
  • Audiokommentar von Adrian Martin
  • Featurette 'Radio Adaptation - Lux Radio Theatre' [59:40 Min.]
  • Featurette 'Billy Wilder On His Early Films' [11:15 Min.]

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