Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 198: Tue Jul 18

Cross of Iron (Peckinpah, 1977): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm

This film also screens on July 31st. Full details here.

Time Out review:
Sam Peckinpah's only war film, based on a novel by Willi Heinrich, displays his familiar preoccupation with the individual confronted by events beyond his control. Dealing with a German platoon involved in the 1943 retreat on the Russian front, the film reveals a special feeling for the universalities of war: lives in the balance, the single-suppression of emotion. Sombre and claustrophobic photography, an intelligent script, and Peckinpah's clear understanding of a working platoon of men, are all far removed from the monotonous simplicity of most big-budget war films.
Chris Peachment

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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