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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on 'Hannibal Brooks,' Starring an Elephant-Rescuing Oliver Reed

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2013 at 11:29AM

Oliver Reed Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Michael Winner's "Hannibal Brooks," starring Reed as an escaped POW who rescues an elephant from a bombed-out Nazi zoo and tries to get her to Switzerland.
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Oliver Reed in "Hannibal Brooks"
Oliver Reed in "Hannibal Brooks"

Oliver Reed Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Michael Winner's "Hannibal Brooks," starring Reed as an escaped POW who rescues an elephant from a bombed-out Nazi zoo and tries to get her to Switzerland.

From director 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. 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.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.