Today, Olive Films has a great pair of features for you to pick up. There’s the Carlos Saura tragedy The 7th Day, which chronicles the decades-long history between two enemy families, a feud which ended with the worst mass-shooting in Spain’s history. There’s also Mr. Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra’s World War II Documentaries, which is a thorough look at the work legendary film director Frank Capra did producing war documentaries for the US government. Both titles are available now!
The 7th Day (2004)
JUAN DIEGO (Paco’s Men, Summer Rain, Painless)
VICTORIA ABRIL (The Moon in the Gutter, High Heels, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
JOSÉ LUIS GÓMEZ (Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In, Goya’s Ghosts)
JOSÉ GARCIA (The Take, The Ax, Now You See Me)
YOHANA COBO (Volver, Angel of Death, Life Marks)
Directed by CARLOS SAURA (Cría Cuervos, ¡Ay, Carmela!, Goya in Bordeaux)
LANGUAGE: SPANISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 100 min
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
From master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Cría Cuervos) comes a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Set in the Spanish village of Extremadura, and based on a true account, The 7th Day (El 7º Día) is a tale of warring families and bloodshed that would stain the region.
The festering hatred between the Jiménez and Fuentes households, born out of a broken marriage vow, will unleash a vengeful wrath that engulfs an entire village, leaving no one unscathed. The 7th Dayfeatures riveting performances from a cast that includes Victoria Abril (High Heels), José Garcia (Now You See Me), Juan Diego (All is Silence), José Luis Gómez (Broken Embraces), Yohana Cobo (Volver), Oriol Vila (Blancanieves), Eulàlia Ramon (Girl Gets Girl), Juan Sanz (One Word from You) and Carlos Hipólito (Crazy Loves).
The 7th Day is directed by Carlos Saura, written by Ray Loriga (Live Flesh), photographed by François Lartigue (Black Really Suits You), edited by Julia Juaniz (Goya in Bordeaux), with music composed by Roque Baños (Don’t Breathe).
Mr. Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra’s World War II Documentaries (1942 – 1945)
Directed or Produced by
FRANK CAPRA (A Hole in the Head, It’s A Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe)
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 310 min
VIDEO: 1.33:1 and 1.78:1 Aspect Ratios; B&W and COLOR
- “Frank Capra: Why We Fight,” an analysis of Frank Capra’s war documentaries by Joseph McBride, film historian and author of the biography “Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success”
- Introductions to each of the five Capra war documentaries by Joseph McBride
Director Frank Capra, known to millions as the man behind the beloved classics It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washingtonand Meet John Doe, also used his talents in support of the war effort by directing, producing and acting as an advisor on a series of World War II propaganda films. Depicting the ravages of combat, the lives of soldiers engaged in battle, as well as those left behind on the home front, five of the films that Capra was involved in bringing to the screen are represented in this special edition presented in cooperation with the National Archives.
Tunisian Victory takes us behind Allied troop lines and documents American and British forces working together to free North Africa from the grip of the Nazi stranglehold. Capra was assisted by film editor Hugh Stewart (49th Parallel) and directors Roy Boulting (The Outsider) and John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Let There Be Light), in this film that features the voice talents of Burgess Meredith (Story of G.I. Joe, Rocky), Bernard Miles (In Which We Serve) and Leo Genn (Moby Dick), and a powerful film score attributed to Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and William Alwyn (The Fallen Idol).
Prelude to War, the first in Capra’s Why We Fightseries of propaganda films, is a rallying cry for patriots to join the fight against the Axis powers and the tyranny of Nazism. A host of musical talent contributed to the score, including Alfred Newman (How the West Was Won), winner of nine Academy Awards®, and David Raksin (Laura).
The Battle of Russia, another of Capra’s Why We Fight films, is the longest and most ambitious of the series. Presented in two parts, the film focuses on the Nazi conquest of the Balkans in an attempt to capture Russia. Capra would share directing credit with Russian-born Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number) in a film which is aided immeasurably by Walter Huston’s (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) narration.
The Negro Soldier, produced by Capra and directed by Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key), was used as an enlistment tool to encourage African-American men and women to join the armed forces. The film incorporates footage of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games, highlighting and contrasting the freedom-loving citizens of the United States with Germany’s oppressive and ever-growing Nazi party.
Your Job in Germany, directed by Capra and written by Theodor S. Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), is a short form film shown to soldiers who would be serving “occupation duty” in Germany in 1945.
November 6, 2018