The inmate characters of Stalag 17 crowd together at a window
The inmate characters of Stalag 17 crowd together at a window
Stalag 17 (1953)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Stalag 17

Billy Wilder | United States of America | 1953 | G


3 & 5 May 2021


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Based on a successful Broadway play written by ex-inmates of Stalag 17B, Wilder’s exquisitely detailed and sardonic adaptation provides a fascinating insight into the camaraderie, treachery, comedy and tragedy of prison life.

Set during the intense 1944 Allied bombing campaign, Stalag 17 focuses on a group of American airmen and their attempts to uncover a spy in their midsts. A huge influence on films such as The Great Escape, it turns on the Oscar-winning performance by William Holden as a self-interested, widely distrusted recent arrival who must prove his innocence. With Otto Preminger.

Format: DCP, Black & White
Language: English, German and Russian
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 120 mins


101 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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