21 Sep 2018

Nation: U.S.A.
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Main cast: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel
Year: 1958
Length: 92′
Language: Original English audio version
Version: 35mm from Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Cinematek) for concession of Park Circus and MGM

When the truck that is transporting convicts has an accident on the road, the inmates John “Joker” Jackson, a white racist, and Noah Cullen, a black man, that are chained to each other escape. They hate each other but they need to help each other to succeed in their intent of jump in a train to reach freedom. Meanwhile Sheriff Max Muller organizes a team to track them down, trying to respect justice. After several vicissitudes that put the protagonists in front of hatred and suffering, Joker sacrifices his freedom to save Cullen. When the fugitives meet again, though destined for arrest, their ancient hatred has changed into friendship and respect.
The film won two Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. The director Stanley Kramer develops this anti-racist parable with rhythm and credibility and is one of the most successful examples of the progressive Hollywood that in a few years would definitively demolish the schemes of moralizing classicism.