Back in the '70s, eccentric Hollywood mogul Ely Landau set up the American Film Theater and committed 10 plays to celluloid. The results are a mixed bag, but their curiosity value is huge for anyone with even a passing interest in the theatre's relationship with the movies.
Take playwright Robert Shaw's thriller about a Jewish billionaire tried for genocide as an SS colonel. Dated soft-focus aside, it's compelling stuff. Maximilian Schell got an Oscar nod for his disturbing central performance, while director Arthur Hiller keeps the tension at full tilt by not revealing the protagonist's true identity until the very end.