FILMS OF THE WEEK
The Dirty Dozen Saturday, TG4, 9.25pm They do not make them like this any more. Lee Marvin ( above right) heads an all- star cast as an uncompromising US Army Major in charge of a suicide mission to blow up a French chateau being used to house Nazi officers. He creates a squad using 12 unhinged criminals who had previously been left to rot in a military prison. It’s a good idea, but controlling these recruits – who at best can be described as mavericks – proves to be very difficult indeed. Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown and Donald Sutherland are among the actors playing the assorted reprobates. Vertigo Sunday, RTÉ One, 2.25pm Is this the best film Alfred Hitchcock ever made? The Master of Suspense himself was very fond of it, despite the fact it wasn’t a commercial hit on its initial release. Almost 60 years later it’s viewed as a masterpiece, with a brilliant, if disturbing, central performance from James Stewart as Scottie, a retired cop who is scared of heights who becomes dangerously obsessed with a friend’s beautiful but troubled wife ( played by Kim Novak). Blue Jasmine Sunday, RTÉ One, 11.40pm Woody Allen wrote and directed this black comedy drama for which Cate Blanchett ( below) won a Best Actress Oscar. She plays a selfish socialite whose life begins to unravel after she discovers her husband has been unfaithful. Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Louis CK and Peter Sarsgaard co- star. Some critics have drawn parallels with Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, but prior knowledge of the play isn’t necessary – unlike its heroine, Blue Jasmine stands on its own two feet rather impressively.