“In this film based on a true story, Lancaster stars as convicted murderer and lifelong prisoner Robert Stroud. Forever isolated in solitary confinement, Stroud begins to develop an interest in injured birds, then how birds—and men—react to being caged. As much a chamber drama as a prison film, BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ shows Lancaster at his best, never letting us forget the violence in Stroud’s past but eliciting empathy for his situation and admiration for his insightful attempts to understand its impact on him and his fellow prisoners.”—George Eastman House.
Appears in: Forever Burt
Other Films by Charles Crichton
With the aid of two bumbling sidekicks, timid bank clerk Henry Holland (Alec Guiness) nearly gets away with the heist of the century—a million pounds of gold bullion melted down into Eiffel Tower paperweights. But the plan goes awry when some schoolgirls mistake the gilt treasures as cheesy Parisian souvenirs. “As the prim, innocuous civil …