Hello out there, all you stalwart TFC members! Here we are again preparing for another “Second Saturday Series” screening at Wine Styles. Last month many of us enjoyed AN UNFINISHED LIFE there. It is hard to beat those plush recliner seats, that huge 12’ screen, and the Dolby sound system that Tim & Mary provide for us.
This next Saturday, August 11, 2007, please join us for a screening of Mark Robson’s THE LOST COMMAND (1966). This film was based on the hard-to-find novel by Jean Larteguy. Largely overshadowed by THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1967), never the less this is a fine adventure film. Like Gillo Pontecorco’s epic, THE LOST COMMAND is also based loosely on true events from the Algerian fight for independence from France. It had been a French colony for 130 years.
We follow the great Anthony Quinn as Lt. Colonel Raspeguy, a Basque peasant who has risen to being an officer in the French Paratroopers. We even see a touch of ZORBA in this character. His 10th Paratrooper Battalion has been overrun and defeated in Indochina at the battle of Dien Bien Phu –and they end up as POW’s. To avoid disgrace, or being drummed out of the military, Quinn is forced to take his men, who have all volunteered to serve with him again, into Algeria to quell the unrest, to stem the tide of revolution churned up by the FLN. He is confronted with two difficulties, the first being that the uprising is led by his former battalion officer, Mahidi (George Segal), and he has to adapt to urban warfare fighting terrorists. Alain Delon plays Capt. Esclavier, the company historian, in a part originally written for Paul Newman. This rarely seen film, only recently transferred to DVD, makes a wonderful companion piece to the classical behemoth THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. It is very much a “Hollywood” treatment, but regardless many of the salient facts of actual history find their way to the surface.
At WINE STYLES, the screening will be at our standard 7:00pm. The wise ones arrive around 6:30pm to snag a good seat. Please phone the store at (253) 756-1922 to order your snack items or beverage of choice, so that Tim and Mary can do the prep work for our visit and staff accordingly. The address is, of course, 2665 N. Pearl Street, directly behind KFC. Hope to see you there!
Glenn for David