Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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by Mike Maginot

The Dunera Boys

Produced by Bob Weis.

Directed by Ben Lewin.

Photographed by Vincent Monton.

(Prism Entertainment)

In 1939, a group of Austrian refugees suspected of being German spies is picked up in London and deported to Australia via the HMT Dunera. Caught up in the sweep are John Spano, as a classical violinist and Bob Hoskins, as a cockney fish monger. The group, for the most part, are innocent men, falsely accused. Ironically many of them are Jewish.

The Australian soldiers who take charge of the prisoners are completely perplexed. Given time, the prisoners win over their captors and turn their prison into a social paradise.

Writer/director Ben Lewin tells his story compassionately; good humor abounds despite the tragic implications of multiple mistaken identity. Vincent Monton's photography captures the period flavor and is particularly romantic during the musical numbers.

Flame of the Barbary Coast

Directed by Joseph Kane.

Photographed by Robert DeGrasse, ASC.

(Republic Home Video)

Rancher John Wayne and saloon owner Joseph Schildkraut compete for the attention of singer Ann Dvorak on the eve of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. William Frawley is delightful as Wayne's sidekick.

Robert DeGrasse's black and white photography sparkles in this video transfer. Every frame shines from the shadow detail to the sequins on Dvorak's gowns.

Bach and Broccoli

Produced by Rock Demers.

Directed by Andre Melancon.

Photographed by Guy Dufaux.

(Family Home Entertainment)

An orphaned child, Mahee Paiement, moves in with her uncle, Raymond Legault, who is obsessively preparing for a musical competition. …

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