Cinema Egzotik: Scorsese’s Film Foundation Night

Scorsese is passionate about film and has been involved in preserving compromised film heritage for many years . Egzotik presents two cult classics that have been restored thanks to Scorsese’s Film Foundation: Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor (1963) and Fred Zinneman’s The Seventh Cross (1944).  

Cinema Egzotik programmer Martin Koolhoven explains his choice: ‘We came across the almost forgotten The Seventh Cross, a heart-breaking war drama made when WWII was still going on, and the magnificent Shock Corridor. As Martin Scorsese himself says: “If you don’t like the films of Samuel Fuller, then you just don’t like cinema.”  

The Seventh Cross
Fred Zinnemann US 1944 110’ English

Spencer Tracy offers a compelling performance as a man who manages to escape from a concentration camp in Nazi Germany with six others. As the men are hunted down, the camp commander has seven crosses erected, to hang the escapees when they’re caught. Zinneman portrays the claustrophobia and paranoia in a time when the slightest deviation from the mainstream could prove fatal. Zinneman ignores obvious assumptions and delves deep into the dark heart of totalitarianism. Screened on 35mm. 

Shock Corridor
Samuel Fuller US 1963 101’  English

With Shutter Island Scorsese clearly alluded to the paranoia-soaked Shock Corridor, in which a journalist has himself committed to a mental institution to investigate an unsolved murder. Slowly he falls victim to the madness raging in this infernal place. Not only Scorsese but also Jean-Luc Godard was a fan of this raw low-budget film made by cult hero Fuller, who has us probe the depths of the human mind. Screened on 35mm. 

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.