A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.
Affecting prison drama takes its time to tell its story, but gives room for many touching moments; Burt Lancaster delivers a great performance.
Halliwell*: "Overlong and rather weary biopic of Robert Shroud, who spent nearly sixry years in prison and became a cause célèbre. One cannot deny many effective moments, notably of direction, but it's a long haul."
Maltin***: "Pensive study...Film becomes static despite imaginative sidelights to enlarge scope of action."
On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.
Well-produced Nazi propaganda piece would be standard cinema entertainment of the time, but is marred by its subtle, but obvious political content.
Maltin**1/2: "Creditable disaster film, although the script is no more inspired than later versions of the saga."
[N.B. The film's original director was arrested during production after speaking out against the Nazi
regime – he was later found hanged in prison – and the film was
completed by Werner Klingler, who was not credited.
Although the film had a brief theatrical run in parts of German-occupied
Europe starting in November 1943, it was not shown within Germany by
order of Goebbels, who feared that it would weaken the German
citizenry's morale instead of improving it. Goebbels later banned the
playing of the film entirely, and it did not have a second run. Wikipedia]