Special a 35mm presentation Sidney Lumet
The Outsider: The Films of Sidney Lumet

The Hill (1965) – a 35mm presentation

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We’re all doing time. Even the screws.” With help from our friends at the splendid Phenomena cinema in Barcelona (check them out if you’re ever in town) we were able to obtain a 35mm print of this rarely seen Lumet / Connery collaboration. This riveting WWII military prison drama was originally a play, a medium Lumet excelled in converting to the silver screen many times during his career. Connery was in the middle of his stint as 007 and was eager to prove he could portray more than ‘just’ a suave secret agent and really swung for the fences here as a demoted sergeant major confined to the North African prison camp characterized by the titular mount used as a disciplinary device against its occupants. The Hill is a bleak and brutal affair, devoid of any musical score that perfectly portrays humanity’s toiling under its own fabricated machinations, an overarching theme in Lumet’s oeuvre. This film was never properly digitally restored, so this is your chance to experience it in all its monochrome mastery. English language without subtitles.

Credits

Regie
Sidney Lumet
Cast
Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch
Genre
Drama, Oorlog
Speelduur
123 minuten
Land
VS
Taal
Engels
Ondertiteling
Geen

Storyline

Five British soldiers are sent to a detention camp in the Libyan Desert, including Sergeant Major Roberts (Sean Connery), whose conviction for the assault of an officer is shrouded in mystery. As punishment, the vicious Staff Sergeant Williams (Ian Hendry) orders the prisoners to continuously climb a man-made hill in the scorching desert heat. Though his colleague, Staff Sergeant Harris (Ian Bannen), sympathizes with the new detainees, he can only watch as Williams goes to sadistic extremes.

KINO is proud to present a retrospective on the features of writer and director Sidney Lumet. The versatile filmmaker worked mainly outside of the Hollywood machine but always secured the greatest talent in front of his camera as his reputation as an ‘actor’s director’ secured no less than seventeen Oscar nominations for his leads. His beloved New York City was often not only a geographical setting but a vital asset in his films as he explored the metropole from its classiest office buildings to its seediest back alleys. Unlike for instance Coppola or Scorsese, Lumet’s oeuvre is less distinctive in style as he always adapted his artistic choices to serve the story, not to his own visual preferences. But he is one of the great humanist directors with a fantastic catalogue waiting to be explored and we are proud to present his biggest hits as well as his lesser known films in this thirteen feature retrospective.

Trailer: Baris Azman