Criterion Year Week 58: Anatomy Of A Murder

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Anatomy Of A Murder

Spine Number: 600

Director: Otto Preminger

Genre: Drama

Courtrooms are inherently dramatic. There are stakes, someone will win, someone will lose... you don't have to add anything to the environment to make it dramatic. Sometimes movies will dress thigns up and try to force some sort of spectacle onto the story, but you really don't need it.

This point is driven home masterfully in Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of A Murder." A young Army officer admits to killing a man. There are witnesses. Open and shut, right? Well... 

Not really.


Brilliantly acted, expertly directed, and beautifuly written, Anatomy of A Murder is one of the finest examples of courtroom drama ever filmed.


But there is more. We also talk about how this type of film is becoming scarcer and how the current business model of the flm industry is killing the film industry.




Next week,  

 Spine number 662: Safety Last

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