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Big screen classics

Bitter Victory

A deadly rivalry grows between an army captain and his inexperienced major.

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USA-France 1957
Dir Nicholas Ray
With Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Christopher Lee
35mm (7 May), Digital (12 May)
Certificate PG

‘I kill the living and save the dead’: dark ironies abound in Ray’s magnificent drama about an Allied mission against Rommel in Libya, led by an inexperienced major (Jürgens). His captain (Burton), however, is familiar with the region and with his superior’s wife. A deadly rivalry grows... A powerful, visually stunning study of courage and cowardice, knowledge and ignorance, pride and profound inner pain.

The screening on Wednesday 29 May 18:10 will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.


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