Birdman of Alcatraz gets you in the shoes of an inmate

Birdman of Alcatraz

Released July 4, 1962.

CONNOISSEUR’S CHOICE.  That 1994 prison movie called The Shawshank Redemption seemed to take from the book of the film under review here, the 1962 prison drama Birdman of Alcatraz. The similarities between the films are striking. Both films have a sadistic head of prison, and the key inmate (played by Tim Robbins in the Shawshank film) has a redemption of a sort. This is where the similarities end. Birdman of Alcatraz is the true story of inmate Robert Stroud (played by the Hollywood actor Burt Lancaster) who discovers his individuality and self-respect while in prison when he becomes an authority on bird life.

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Star Wars led to a string of space films

Star Wars led to a string of space films

ARTICLE. Outer space, regarded as the final frontier, is often a source of fascination for filmmakers. The deep space black, the stars and planets have conjured metaphysical quagmires and dreams in the recesses of script writers and filmmakers minds. Some of these films are coated in candy colored flavor that give us more a sense of popcorn cinema than what it is like in outer space, but they can make for fun films and provide imagination theatre for young and old. One is just captivated by the mesmerizing images. Space films of the late 1970s were fun escapades for audiences who wanted to escape into the deep space black, candy colored. The success of Star Wars (1977) brought a surge of space films to the cinema.

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