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Landau, Martin 1928-

Works: 350 works in 986 publications in 8 languages and 32,493 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  History  Romance films  Comedy films  Spy television programs  Detective and mystery films  Fantasy films 
Roles: Actor, Interviewee, Narrator, Performer, Author
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Martin Landau
The greatest story ever told by George Stevens( Visual )

19 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in English and held by 1,764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'The Greatest Story Ever Told' is certainly the most reverential treatment of the life of Jesus. The 1965 movie was based on the book by Fulton Oursler, which integrated the four Gospels into a single narrative. To appreciate this task just look at the different versions of what Jesus said on the cross according to each Gospel. Reconciling the various versions is not an easy task and while viewers may question some of the specific choices, the only really significant alteration is the death of Judas by throwing himself into the sacrificial pit of the Great Temple, a symbolism that is unnecessarily heavy handed.The choice of Max Von Sydow to play Jesus is an interesting selection to say the least. His slight Swedish accent and closely cropped beard are certainly in keeping with the reverential tone of the film, but one can not help wondering if this was something of a reaction to the more populist Jesus portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter in "King of Kings." After all, this was 1965 and the Beatles invasion was underway making male hair length a hot issue. This is a Jesus who is too solemn and too sedate for the most part. There is a nice moment where one of the new disciples comments that he likes Jesus' name. The smile and 'Thank you' that follow are one of the few glimpses of the charisma of the man from Galilee.The strength of the film is in the gorgeous cinematography by William C. Mellor (who died on the set of a heart attack) and Loyal Griggs, and scene composition under the direction of George Stevens. The opening narration goes from the opening verses of John shot over ancient Christian murals to a shot of the manager, ending with a shot of the hand of the baby Jesus as the narrator announces in a most simple manner, 'The Greatest Story Ever Told.' The juxtaposition of images and moments from the life of Jesus is prevalent throughout the film. When Mary and Joseph return from Egypt they travel the road to Nazareth that is lined with the crucified victims of the Roman occupation. The voice of John the Baptist is first heard over a series of aerial shots covering the many miles traveled by all those who came to hear him make straight the way of the Lord. Stevens shows a deft touch in the large scenes involving crowds. The resurrection of Lazarus is down in a long shot, with the focus more on the faces of those who are witnessing the miracle rather than on the actual emergence from the tomb. To the finale of the Hallelujah Chorus a trio of the faithful ran across the plain to the gates of Jerusalem to spread the good news. There is also a wonderful scene of the confrontation between the Roman soldiers and the crowd that had come to the Temple to hear Jesus preach at night. The film also contains some nice small touches. When Pilate presents Jesus to the people, the figure of Satan strides through the crowd to utter the first demand for crucifixion. When Mary Magdalene remembers the promise of the resurrection and Thomas proclaims his disbelief, Peter looks up and sees the smiling face of Lazarus. The musical score by Alfred Newman, Hugo Friedhofer and Fred Steiner is wonderfully attuned to what is on the screen.The main problem is not that there are so many stars in this film-Charlton Heston is an imposing John the Baptist, and Jose Ferrer as Herod Antipas, Sal Mineo as Uriah, and Van Heflin as Bar Amand all perform admirably-but rather the cameo appearances that invariably detract from the moment. It is one thing to recognize David McCallum, Jamie Farr and Russell Johnson in 'before they were stars' roles, but it is quite another to suddenly see Sidney Portier help carry the cross or John Wayne silhouetted against the darkening sky as a Roman Centurion. While such cameos may have worked in 'The Longest Day' or 'It's a Mad Mad World' during the heyday of the fad, they most certainly do not work in this film. One should be surprised to learn this movie was filmed around the Lake Powell region of Arizona, having always assumed it had been filmed in the Holy Land. One would be interested to know which scenes were directed without credit by David Lean (who was finishing up 'Doctor Zhivago' at the time) and Jean Negulesco ('Johnny Belinda' and the 1953 'Titanic'). I want to resist the impulse to credit my favorite scenes to Lean rather than Stevens.The reverential tone of the film ends up hurting the pacing so that it seems overlong at 3 hours and 14 minutes" --
North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

42 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes special features preceding the video: Behind-the -scenes documentary "Destination Hitchcock: the making of North by northwest," hosted by Eva Marie Saint, featuring Martin Landau, Ernest Lehman, Patricia Hitchcock, and others. Also includes the original theatrical trailer (41 mins.)
Nine by Hans Liberg( Visual )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When rag doll 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans are gone. It is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the newest member of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive and they will need to discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. The very future of civilization may depend on them
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau( Visual )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Basque and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For centuries, the residents of the underground City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights and quiet contentment. When the City's power generator begins to fail, the streetlamps fade, along with the hopes of the townspeople
Ed Wood by Tim Burton( Visual )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the once voted worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled
Mission: impossible by Brian De Palma( Visual )

63 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Impossible Missions Force" consists of a team of extraordinary spies who are experts in their fields: The Leader, The Tech Expert, The Muscle, The Master of Disguise and The Femme Fatale. Every day, this elite force risks failure, capture and death ... but nothing is more important than their mission
Crimes and misdemeanors by Woody Allen( Visual )

64 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weaving together several different stories, Woody Allen's film is about people's lives, loves, perceptions and ideals. It takes a bold look at some of the toughest questions surrounding human nature, and does it with a warm and generous perspective
Cleopatra by Joseph L Mankiewicz( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epic saga of legendary Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, and her attempt to stabilize her power and gain control of the Roman Empire. When Caesar visits Egypt, Cleopatra gains control by ousting her brother with his help. She marries Caesar, and bears him the son fate had previously denied him. Joining him in Rome--to ensure that the boy takes his rightful place after his father--her plans are thwarted when Caesar is assassinated and she must flee. Years later Marc Antony, proconsul of the eastern half of the empire, seeks an alliance with Egypt to impede Octavian's quest to become Emperor. Cleopatra and Antony become lovers and form a military alliance, but are forced to retreat after losing a major naval battle at Actium. Avoiding capture and disgrace, they take their own lives
The Majestic by Frank Darabont( Visual )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Appleton, a 1950s Hollywood screenwriter who is about to see his first screenplay made into a film, is mistakenly called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. As a result, the studio pulls the plans for the film. Peter then finds himself in a small California town after a car accident takes his memory. There, the townspeople believe he is local hero Luke Trimble. Peter settles into his life at the Majestic theater, as Luke Trimble, until his memory begins to resurface and govenrment men track him down
Hollywood homicide by Ron Shelton( Visual )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and Chinese and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran police detective Gavilan and his rookie partner Calden are no exception to the rule that in Hollywood, no one is really who they want to be. Between Gavilan's struggling real estate business and Calden's fledgling acting career and yoga instruction, they've got a major murder case to solve. With both Internal Affairs and their prime suspect on their tails, both have to infiltrate the dangerous world of the hip-hop recording industry
Tucker the man and his dream( Visual )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tucker is an engineer and showman who has a vision of the car of the future. Against formidable odds, he raises the money and builds a fleet of them, only to have his factory shut down by Detroit's Big Three auto manufacturers
Good Will Hunting by Gus Van Sant( Visual )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man who is a reformed gambler returns to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks
Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti( Visual )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A suspense-filled story of Zev, an Auschwitz survivor who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some seventy years ago; is living in America under an assumed identity. With the aid of a friend, Zev sets out on a gripping journey that tests both his will and his fading memory as it brings him closer to the retribution he seeks
Lovely, still by Nik Fackler( Visual )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the approach of Christmas causing him to feel lonely in life and love, Robert Malone braves the wintery snow to arrive home from his job at the grocery store only to find a stranger standing in his home. What begins as an odd and awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a romantic late life love affair that takes a heartfelt and wonderful journey with an unexpected turn
They call me Mister Tibbs! by Gordon Douglas( Visual )

18 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Virgil Tibbs has been assigned to solve the murder of a prostitute. His pal, a political-minded minister who is spearheading a referendum on community control, is suspected of the homicide and Tibbs is faced with the decision of whether or not to invesigate
Shanghai ghetto( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recalls the strange-but-true story of thousands of European Jews who were shut out of country after country while trying to escape Nazi persecution in the late 1930s. Left without options or entrance visas, a beacon of hope materialized for them on the other side of the world, and in the unlikeliest of places: Japanese-controlled Shanghai. Fleeing for their lives, these Jewish refugees journeyed to form a settlement in the exotic city, penniless and unprepared for their new life in the Far East"--Container
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Landau, Martin 1931-

Martin Landau acteur américain

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