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From Book to Film: Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

Opens on September 29

Director: George Roy Hill Run Time: 100 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1972

Starring: Eugene Roche, Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine

Country: United States
Language: Russian, English, German

From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

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About the film:

The celebrated adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel, considered one of the best anti-war novels of all time and, up until 2010, also one of the most challenged and banned books according to the American Library Association. In 1972, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize and was nominated for the Palme d’Or.

Billy Pilgrim, a veteran of the Second World War, finds himself mysteriously detached from time, so that he is able to travel, without being able to help it, from the days of his childhood to those of his peculiar life on a distant planet called Tralfamadore, passing through his bitter experience as a prisoner of war in the German city of Dresden, over which looms the inevitable shadow of an unspeakable tragedy.

About the filmmaker:

George Roy Hill was an American film director and television and stage actor. He directed Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the iconic, award-winning films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), the latter of which won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Directing. Hill is also known for the The World of Henry Orient (1964), Hawaii (1966), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Slap Shot (1977), A Little Romance (1979), The World According to Garp (1982) and his final film Funny Farm (1988). Before directing feature films, Hill worked in television on episodes of Kraft Theatre and Playhouse 90, and made his Broadway directing debut with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Look Homeward, Angel in 1957.

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