Battle of the Bulge
The flat plains of Spain make a visually inaccurate backdrop for this sprawling but largely fanciful recreation of one of the major operations of World War II, which actually took place across the forests of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. It’s a nearly three hour Roadshow spectacle with the usual all star cast, efficiently showcased by director Ken Annakin. Former General Dwight D. Eisenhower was so annoyed by its inaccuracies that he came out of Presidential retirement to hold a news conference denouncing the film.
About Brian Trenchard-Smith
Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.