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Editor's NoteDirector Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. The sensationalist trial revolves around an army lieutenant who shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife, an ugly crime in which no one is wholly guilty or innocent. Based on Robert Travers' novel. Score (and onscreen appearance) by Duke Ellington. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--James Stewart, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Anatomy of a Murder - The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: The Other Chad Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/2/2012 4:38 PM
|Watching Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder for the first time, I was struck by how fresh and relevant the film feels more than fifty years after its 1959 release. Significant cultural changes and the advent of DNA profiling have not dulled the edges of what is essentially a pitch-black comedy set primarily in a courtroom. The Criterion Collection’s new Blu-ray treatment of the film definitely provides an ideal opportunity to discover – or rediscover – this classic....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|George C. Scott|
|Duke Ellington - Composer|
|Boris Leven - Production Designer|
|Wendell Mayes - Writer|
|Howard Bristol - Set Designer|
|Otto Preminger - Producer|
|Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography|
|Louis Loeffler - Editor|
|Robert Traver - Source Writer|
|Otto Preminger - Director|
Plot SummaryDirector Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. An army lieutenant shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife. A trial ensues, in which his attempts to convince the jury that the lieutenant is innocent of first degree murder because of he was the victim of an "irresistible impulse." The plot is complicated by the nature of the criminal and defendants, none of whom is purely good or evil, but who all have a complex relationship to the law and to society.