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Hollywood Director (03:39)


Otto Preminger has never liked the Hollywood scene and prefers to make films in his own style. He directs films in many genres; see various clips.

Preminger's Background (02:03)

Preminger is born to a Jewish family in Bukovina; he spends most of his adolescence in Vienna. Preminger works in the theater while obtaining a law degree before going to America where he directs Broadway plays.

Preminger's Early Films (06:30)

In the late 1930s, Preminger directs "Danger-Love at Work," "Under Your Spell," and "Kidnapped." He goes back to theater after a conflict with Darryl Zanuck but returns to 20th Century Fox where he directs "Margin for Error" and "Laura."

"Fallen Angel" (04:17)

Preminger directs Dana Andrews in the 1945 crime film and works with Ernst Lubitsch on "A Royal Scandal." He directs three more films before returning to film noir and "Where the Sidewalk Ends." Some find Preminger difficult to work with.

Film Noir to Comedy (05:41)

Preminger releases "The 13th Letter" in 1951. Howard Hughes persuades him to direct "Angel Face." Preminger then directs "The Moon is Blue" and "Carmen Jones."

"River of No Return" (04:23)

Preminger directs Marilyn Monroe in the 1954 western. He works with Gary Cooper before directing Frank Sinatra in "The Man With the Golden Arm," triggering the release of tight Hollywood censorship.

"Saint Joan" (05:08)

Preminger directs Jean Seberg in the unsuccessful 1957 drama and in "Bonjour Tristesse." He is at the beginning of a new movement in French cinema.

"Anatomy of a Murder" (05:35)

Preminger directs "Porgy and Bess" before directing the 1959 courtroom drama that earns him an Academy Award nomination. He challenges the film industry by hiring Dalton Trumbo for "Exodus."

Dramatic Cinema Films (06:27)

Preminger releases "Advise & Consent" in 1962. He directs "The Cardinal," earning another Oscar nomination, "In Harm's Way," and "Bunny Lake is Missing."

Preminger's Final Films (01:41)

Preminger continues directing films into the 1970s but is unable to repeat earlier successes. "The Human Factor" is his final film. Experts reflect on his legacy.

Credits: Otto Preminger (00:40)

Credits: Otto Preminger

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American film director Otto Preminger was originally born in Austria-Hungary in 1905. He directed more than 35 feature films in a five-decade period known for film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944) and Fallen Angel (1945). In the 1950s and 1960s, he directed a number of high-profile adaptations of popular novels that pushed the boundaries of censorship by dealing with taboo topics such as drug addiction (The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955), rape (Anatomy of a Murder, 1959) and homosexuality (Advise & Consent, 1962). He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL205761

ISBN: 978-1-64867-794-6

Copyright date: ©2020

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