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Telling Lies in America (1997) Guy Ferland, Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Drama, Music

Telling Lies in America (1997)
Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960’s. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America’s culture. He then hears about a radio DJ Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) who holds a contest for a Student Hall of Fame every week. When Karchy finally wins after several weeks, he spends more time with Billy Magic…a man with money, girls, and glam. Karchy thinks that by spending time with Magic, he can become “cool”. He then starts telling lies, to make himself seem greater than he really is. But when his lies begin hurting the people he cares about, he realizes that it isn’t worth telling lies if it affects your friends. Afterwards, he learns to accept himself for the person he is, and gives up lying. And as for Billy Magic, it turns out that he pays his price for all the lies that he has told as well….

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Cross of Iron (1977) Sam Peckinpah, James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, Action, Drama, War

Cross of Iron (1977)
With too much action to be lumped with “antiwar” films, and too little pro-war sentiment to satisfy the bloodthirsty, this highly individualistic treatment of a wartime situation by director Sam Peckinpah was initially given a cold shoulder by critics and is based on a novel by Willi Heinrich. The story concerns Steiner (James Coburn), an ordinary soldier in the German armies, fighting on the Russian front in 1943, who has won an Iron Cross for bravery. However, his main loyalty is to his fellow soldiers and his family – not Hitler, and certainly not the army, with its hierarchy of honors. Into his life appears a new company commander, Captain Stransky (Maximilian Schell), a true believer and army man, who would give almost anything for an Iron Cross. The captain’s obstacle in obtaining this badge of honor is that he is an abject coward. Stransky’s attempt to win Steiner to his side by promoting him to Sergeant is doomed to failure, and the conflict between them escalates from there.

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The Chosen (1981) Jeremy Kagan, Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Robby Benson, Drama

The Chosen (Jeremy Paul Kagan, 1981)
Brooklyn 1944. Despite being the same age, having grown up within blocks of each other, and both being Jewish, late teens Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter don’t really know each other – knowing each other only by name and by sight – as Orthodox Danny stays largely within his own Hasidic community, which is just fine in Reuven’s mind. An incident between the two which on the surface threatens to tear them even further apart instead blossoms into a friendship between the two. They begin to learn more and more about the other and their lives, which for Danny includes becoming a rabbi, solely as it is a several generations old family calling. In Reb Saunders’ mind, he who rules his family by strict Hasidic traditions, Danny becoming the next rabbi in the family is not even a question, despite Danny, deep in his heart, wanting other secular pursuits which he has not told his father. Conversely, Reuven has modern sensibilities, being raised in a two-person household by his widowed academic …

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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) Arthur Hiller, Maximilian Schell, Lois Nettleton, Lawrence Pressman, Drama

The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)
Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt–but their own.

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Counterpoint (1967) Ralph Nelson, Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays, Drama, War

Counterpoint (Ralph Nelson, 1967)
In December of 1944, Lionel Evans, an internationally renowned American conductor, is on a USO tour with his 70-piece symphony orchestra in newly-liberated Belgium. While fleeing from a German counterattack, Evans and his orchestra members are captured by a Panzer division and taken to an old chateau in Luxembourg. Despite orders to execute every prisoner, General Schiller, an avid music lover, commands Evans to give a private concert for him.

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