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Introduction: Fred Zinnemann (03:57)


Zinnemann wanted to make films about important things. Experts discuss how he brought a European sensibility to Hollywood filmmaking.

Zinnemann: Career Beginnings (02:50)

Experts describe Zinnemann's upbringing, his studies of law and music, and work in the film industry. Influences included Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Flaherty, and Erich von Stroheim. Billy Wilder and Zinnemann collaborate on "People on Sunday."

Zinnemann: First Features (05:06)

Zinnemann directed "Kid Glove Killer" and "Eyes in the Night." A blind detective helps a woman get rid of her daughter's suitor. Spencer Tracy starred in "The Seventh Cross" where seven men escape a German concentration camp.

Post WW II (04:17)

At the end of World War II, MGM released "Little Mister Jim" and "My Brother Talks to Horses." In "1948," Zinnemann explored the horror of the war; Montgomery Clift adopts a young Czech boy who is wandering the ruins of Berlin. Zinnemann's parents die in Auschwitz.

Films about Soldiers Returning (05:51)

Van Heflin starred as a haunted prisoner-of-war in "Act of Violence." Marlon Brando portrays a paraplegic war veteran in "The Men." Zinnemann used disabled veterans in the film. The director denied that "High Noon" is a political allegory for events created by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

"From Here to Eternity" (02:22)

Zinnemann reunited with Clift to shoot the film. The scene with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster is improvised during filming.

"Oklahoma!" (03:46)

Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae star in this musical that incorporates Todd-AO technology. Subsequent films included "A Hatful of Rain" and "The Nun's Story."

"The Sundowners" (03:53)

Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum shot the film in the wastelands of Australia. "Behold a Pale Horse" starred Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, and Gregory Peck.

"A Man for All Seasons" (03:57)

The film portrays the fallout after Thomas More refuses to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England. "A Man for All Seasons" won Oscars for Best Director and Film.

Overcoming Legal Battles (04:02)

MGM blamed Zinnemann for shutting down production on "Man's Fate." "The Day of the Jackal" starred Edward Fox; it is about an assassination attempt on Charles De Gaulle.

Zinnemann: Final Films (04:18)

Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave starred in "Julia," which is a biography of Lillian Hellman. Sean Connery acted in Zinnemann's final film. Experts discuss the director's legacy.

Credits: Fred Zinnemann (00:42)

Credits: Fred Zinnemann

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Fred Zinnemann, the Austrian-born American film director, won 4 Academy Awards as well as 19 for the actors who starred in his films. He was among the first directors to insist on using authentic locations to create more realism. Among his most-noted films were the western classic High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, From Here to Eternity (1953), Oklahoma! (1955), The Nun's Story (1959) starring Audrey Hepburn, The Day of the Jackal (1973), and Julia (1977) with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave.

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL168775

ISBN: 978-1-64481-805-3

Copyright date: ©2018

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