FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO
Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring Franchot Tone, Erich von Stroheim, Anne Baxter
Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett
Approx. 96 min. 35mm.
National stereotypes run riot as disguised Brit Franchot Tone and French maid Anne Baxter spy on Erich von Stroheim’s Rommel in Wilder’s remake of the silent HOTEL IMPERIAL. Wilder told Stroheim, “Your films were ten years ahead of their time,” to which he replied, “Twenty!”
“A crisp spy thriller…with many Wilder themes seething beneath the surface.”
– Dave Kehr