Eclipse Series 5 The First Films of Samuel Fuller
Sam Fuller was a movie character before he was ever a movie director. He was a teenage crime reporter on the shadowy streets of New York, a pulp novelist, and an infantryman in WWII who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Fuller had already tried his hand at screenwriting before serving in the army, but he didn’t direct his first film until 1949. “I Shot Jesse James” (1949) didn’t launch him to instant stardom, but it was an auspicious beginning to a career that would later gain a major boost from the “Cahiers du Cinema” critics who adopted Fuller as one of their favorite Hollywood icons. Godard even cast him in “Pierrot le fou” (1965) as the unnamed American Film Director. Fuller’s macho persona combined with his gritty directing style to make him a legendary figure on par with Sam Peckinpah, though more venerated as an inner-circle “auteur”.

2 x DVD5 + DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 262 minutes | 13.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Espanol
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, Western, War

Sam Fuller's maverick directorial debut "I Shot Jesse James" (1949), full of close-ups and slam-bang stylistic touches, focuses on Bob Ford (John Ireland), who guns down the notorious outlaw for the reward money that will help him marry his childhood sweetheart. Barbara Britton, Reed Hadley also star.

Fuller's fascinating historical drama "The Baron of Arizona" (1950), based on a little-known piece of American history, stars Vincent Price as James A. Reavis, who in the mid-1800s forged documents that turned the Arizona Territory over to a woman whom he later married, setting himself up as owner of the state. Ellen Drew, Reed Hadley co-star.

Scripted and shot in just three weeks, Fuller's gritty Korean War drama "The Steel Helmet" (1951) stars Gene Evans as the wounded army sergeant who joins a beleaguered platoon holed up in a Buddhist temple. A hard look at the realities of warfare, the film also stars James Edwards as a black medic and Harold Fong as a captured North Korean officer.

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