Peter Ustinov

  • Michael Curtiz – We’re No Angels (1955)

    Michael Curtiz1951-1960ClassicsComedyUSA

    At Christmas, three prisoners – Joseph, Albert and Jules – escape from Devil Island to a French small coastal town. They decide to rob a store, to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place. They pretend to be there to fix the roof, but pretty soon they realize that the financial condition of the family Ducotel is not good. Andre Trochard, the selfish and mean owner of the establishment, exploits the family Ducotel. The three convicts spend Christmas night with the Ducotels and are so well treated by the family that they decide to help them. Their pet will help them to fix the situation.Read More »

  • Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi – Mondo cane n. 2 (1963)

    Documentary1961-1970Franco ProsperiGualtiero JacopettiItaly

    The official sequel to the original shockumentary, presenting new and bizarre behavior from around the world, including cruelty, graphic gore, and strange rituals.Read More »

  • John Guillermin – Death on the Nile (1978)

    1971-1980CrimeJohn GuillerminMysteryUnited Kingdom

    As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?Read More »

  • Ken Annakin – Hotel Sahara (1951)

    1951-1960ComedyKen AnnakinUnited KingdomWar

    In World War II, desert hotel proprietors Emad (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Yasmin (Yvonne De Carlo) are caught between the warring armies and have to constantly shift their political allegiance to whichever army happens to control the area.Read More »

  • Peter Ustinov – Billy Budd (1962)

    1961-1970AdventurePeter UstinovUnited Kingdom

    H.M.S. Avenger is headed into battle against the French fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and the dark shadow of two recent mutinies in the English fleet concern Captain Vere. He relies on his cruel and often sadistic Master-at-Arms John Claggert to maintain what he believes to be tenuous order and discipline aboard the ship. When a new seaman, Billy Budd, is pressed into service from a passing merchantman, his innocent, happy-go-lucky attitude quickly endears him to both his messmates as well as the ship’s officers. However, his charismatic naivete seems to bother Claggert, whose perverse depravity makes him resent Billy’s good-natured purity, especially after the teenager’s promotion to fore-top captain. The mean-spirited Claggert unfairly plots to put him on report and ultimately perjures himself when he accuses Billy of conspiring to mutiny.Read More »

  • Jules Dassin – Topkapi (1964)

    1961-1970ComedyCrimeJules DassinTurkeyUSA

    David Cornelius wrote:
    “Nine years after helping define the heist movie with the 1955 masterpiece “Rififi,” director Jules Dassin took another go at the genre, this time with a comedy. “Topkapi” is a lighter, breezier affair than Dassin’s earlier picture, but it’s in no way weaker or less memorable. In fact, it’s this movie that served as the inspiration for the classic TV series “Mission: Impossible,” and yes, it’s this film’s most memorable sequence that was, um, “borrowed” for the most memorable sequence of the 1996 “Impossible” movie.Read More »

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