Jack Garfein – The Strange One (1957)
Legendary actor Ben Gazzara made his feature film debut in The Strange One, recreating his Broadway role in Calder Willingham’s gripping “End as a Man”. Gazzara stars as Cadet Sgt. Jocko De Paris, a sadomasochistic bully in a Southern military academy who uses his magnetism and the school’s own military code to manipulate his fellow cadets and officers. When he engineers the expulsion of a hated rival, his reign of terror begins to unravel.
The film features a solid cast drawn from The Actors Studio in New York, including Pat Hingle, Peter Mark Richman, George Peppard (also in his film debut) and Larry Gates, and is directed by Jack Garfein and scripted by Willingham, based on his novel. It was censored in its original 1957 theatrical release, for its homoerotic elements and homosexual subtext, but is presented here restored and uncut/uncensored for the first time on Blu-ray.
Jack Garfein - (1957) The Strange One.mkv General Container: Matroska Runtime: 1 h 39 min Size: 3.18 GiB Video Codec: x264 Resolution: 1024x554 Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Frame rate: 23.976 fps Bit rate: 4 159 kb/s BPP: 0.306 Audio #1: English 1.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s (Mono) #2: English 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s (Commentary with critic Nick Pinkerton)