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Birdman of Alcatraz
Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1962 • United States
Starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter
The remarkable true story of Robert Stroud—a notorious convicted killer who, while incarcerated, became a respected ornithologist—is brought to the screen with conviction and intelligence by John Frankenheimer. An Oscar-nominated Burt Lancaster gives one of his greatest performances as Stroud, a complex figure who was both a rebellious social outcast and a brilliant, self-taught scientist who became an icon of prison rehabilitation. The striking black-and-white lensing is courtesy of ace cinematographer Burnett Guffey.