2015-16 First Thursday Film series ends with Rommel movie
“The Desert Fox” will be screened at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce the film, which concludes the 2015-16 series of First Thursday Films. A new film series will begin in September.
Made in 1951, “The Desert Fox” stars James Mason as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, portrayed here as a brilliant military strategist who gradually concludes that Hitler is leading Germany toward inevitable defeat.
The movie focuses on the last years of World War II. Mason’s excellent characterization of Rommel is supported by a strong supporting cast, including Jessica Tandy, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll, Richard Boone and Luther Adler as Adolf Hitler.
The film was directed by Henry Hathaway and based on a biography of Rommel by the British Brigadier Desmond Young, who plays himself in the movie. It was a major box office hit upon its initial release, especially in British theaters. The film tells its story in semi-documentary fashion, utilizing several clips of actual wartime engagements. This movie is shown in honor of all military veterans, especially those of World War II.
Admission is free, no reservations are needed, and complimentary popcorn and other refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call the library at 715-258-4414.