RICHLAND — The Battelle Film Club’s movie on Friday is a good one.
Dipping into Hollywood archives, the film club offers up The Seventh Cross, a Spencer Tracy star-vehicle from 1944. He’s George Heisler, a communist who — along with six others — escapes a Nazi concentration camp in 1936. Trying to stay free is a challenge that renews his faith in the goodness of humanity.
The who’s who of the cast and crew is even more fascinating than this terrific trip into yesteryear. Tracy’s skill is a given. Most interesting is seeing husband/wife tandem of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in their youth. Tandy got more accolades later in life, but it is Cronyn who steals the show here.
Ray Collins — who ended up on Perry Mason as Lt. Tragg — also has a bit role and is the character who narrates. He’s quite good, as is everyone else.
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Just as fascinating are those working behind the scenes. The film is directed by one of the best of his era. Fred Zinnemann’s credits include Oklahoma, From Here to Eternity, A Man for All Seasons and a dozen other classics. Screenwriter Helen Deutsch penned National Velvet and The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Don’t miss this one. It is a big-screen treat.
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Also, the film club will have special guest helping to introduce the movie. She is Eva Hutauruk of Universityof Pelita Harapan (UPH) Tangerang, West Java Island Indonesia. She is a contact in the academic bureau.
The University of Pelita Harapan School of Film is wondering what type of Indonesian film Tri-Citians would like to see. There will be a sheet in the lobby for those attending to offer suggestions on what type of Indonesian film they will want to see.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Not rated but probably PG for mature themes. It plays one time — at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10 at the Battelle Auditorium.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.