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Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger

 
Anatomy of a Murder (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1959
  • 161 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #600

A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast—with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and an influential score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is an American movie landmark, nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture.

Cast

Paul BieglerJames Stewart
Laura ManionLee Remick
Lieutenant Frederick Manion Ben Gazzara
Parnell McCarthyArthur O'Connell
Maida RutledgeEve Arden
Mary PilantKathryn Grant
Claude DancerGeorge C. Scott
Dr. Matthew SmithOrson Bean
George LemonRuss Brown
Alphonse PaquetteMurray Hamilton
Mitch LodwickBrooks West
Sergeant James DurgoKen Lynch
Sulo, the guardJohn Qualen
Dr. DompierreHoward McNear
Dr. W. Gregory HarcourtAlexander Campbell
Dr. RaschidNed Wever
Clarence MadiganJimmy Conlin
Sherrif BattisforeRoyal Beal
Lloyd BurkeJoseph Kearns
Duane "Duke" MillerDon Ross
Court clerkLloyd Le Vasseur
Army sergeantJames Walters
Pie-EyeDuke Ellington
Judge WeaverJoseph N. Welch

Credits

DirectorOtto Preminger
ProducerOtto Preminger
Director of photographySam Leavitt and A.S.C.
Production designBoris Leven
MusicDuke Ellington
Based on the novel byRobert Traver
Camera operatorIrving Rosenberg
Lighting technicianJames Almond
Key gripLeo McCreary
MakeupDel Armstrong and Harry Ray
HairdressingMyrl Stoltz
WardrobeMichael Harte and VouLee Giokaris
EditorLouis R. Loeffler
SoundJack Solomon
Script supervisorKathleen Fagan
Music editorRichard Carruth
Set dressingHoward Bristol
Assistant to the producerMax Slater
Production managerHenry Weinberger
Assistant directorDavid Silver
Titles designed bySaul Bass

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New alternate 5.1 soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch
  • Critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington’s score in a new interview
  • A look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger with Bass biographer Pat Kirkham
  • Newsreel footage from the set
  • Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line, featuring Preminger in discussion with William F. Buckley Jr.
  • Excerpts from the work in progress Anatomy of “Anatomy”
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine’s Gjon Mili
  • Trailer, featuring on-set footage
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and a 1959 Life magazine article on real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch, who plays Judge Weaver in the film

    Cover based on a theatrical poster by Saul Bass

Film Essays

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Anatomy of a Murder: Atomization of a Murder

By Nick Pinkerton February 22, 2012

Otto Preminger puts the very idea of offensive language on trial in this envelope-pushing courtroom drama. Read more »

Dispatches

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Flashback: Otto Preminger

By Peter Cowie November 05, 2013

The author’s colorful interactions with the famously crusty filmmaker. Read more »


Photo Galleries

Black and White in Color

February 06, 2013


Photo Galleries

12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


Features

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Letters from John: Getting to Know the Author of Anatomy of a Murder

By Stephen Winer February 24, 2012

The writer reflects on the decades-long creative collaboration and friendship between his father, playwright and television writer Elihu Winer, and John Voelker, judge and author. Read more »


Features

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Dukie

By Robert Traver February 23, 2012

Author John Voelker (a.k.a. Robert Traver) met musician Duke Ellington on the set of Anatomy of a Murder; he wrote this piece about the experience for the Detroit News Sunday Magazine in 1967. Read more »


Film Essays

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Anatomy of a Murder: Atomization of a Murder

By Nick Pinkerton February 22, 2012

Otto Preminger puts the very idea of offensive language on trial in this envelope-pushing courtroom drama. Read more »


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Three Reasons

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