Cross of Iron
1977, West Germany, Sam Peckinpah, 132 min.
Starring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell and James Mason
Introduced by neuroscientist Travis Riddle
Free ticket with a $7 bar minimum.
Tickets are available for pick-up after 6:45pm (limited capacity).
- When Steiner and his men are waiting to cross the road, the Russian soldiers are all wearing regular Yugoslav People's Army uniforms from the mid '70s.
- According to Vadim Glowna, Sam Peckinpah drank four whole bottles of whiskey or vodka during every day of shooting while sleeping approximately only 3 or 4 hours per night.
- The ending wasn't the original ending in the script. At the time the film had run out of money so Sam Peckinpah had James Coburn improvise.
About the Speaker
Travis Riddle received his B.A. in Psychology at San Francisco State University, and is currently a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Psychology Department at Columbia University. The bulk of his research examines why people do or do not feel in control over their own thoughts and actions, and what the consequences of this variability in control are. However, despite the admonitions of his advisor, he has strong tendencies towards intellectual infidelity, and tends to associate with a diverse selection of research questions. Given this somewhat aimless path, it is probably not surprising that his favorite movie is The Graduate.