Larry Karaszewski on

Hannibal Brooks

Released 1969
Distributor United Artists

From director Michael Winner’s early unpredictable period comes this curate’s egg of a WW II movie aimed, apparently, at families and counterculture fans of Bonnie and Clyde second banana Michael J. Pollard. Escaped POW Oliver Reed rescues an elephant from a bombed-out Nazi zoo and tries to get her to Switzerland in a scenario based on the true life story of Olga, an elephant rescued from the Vienna Zoo in 1944. This is a textless trailer, which accounts for the opening seconds of black background.

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.