Item Details

Anatomy of a Murder

Columbia ; screenplay, Wendell Mayes ; produced and directed by Otto Preminger
Format
Video; Computer Resource; DVD
Summary
A small-town Michigan lawyer takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife. A gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom drama, Anatomy of a murder was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex. More than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, it is an American movie landmark.
Director
Otto Preminger
Performers
James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Kathryn Grant, Joseph N. Welch.
Release Date
1959
Run Time
161 min.
Language
Closed-captioned; English dialogue with English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Notes
  • Series numbering from container spine.
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959.
  • Based on the novel by Robert Traver.
  • Special features: trailer featuring on-set footage; interview with Otto Preminger's 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; a booklet featuring an 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.
  • Booklet (28 p. : ill.) featuring an 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 inserted in container.
Variant Title
Disc label title: Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a murder
Awards Note
Named to the National Film Registry in 2012 by the Library of Congress.
Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Stewart), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Arthur O'Connell), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George C. Scott), Best Cinematography - Black & White (Sam Leavitt), Best Film Editing (Louis R. Loeffler), Best Picture (Otto Preminger), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Wendell Mayes) -- 1960 Academy Awards (U.S.).
Edition
DVD ed., Special ed
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The Criterion collection ; 600
Criterion collection ; 600
Contents
  • Disc one: Anatomy of a murder (161 min.)
  • trailer featuring on-set footage. Disc two: interview with Otto Preminger's 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. Plus: a booklet featuring an 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.
ISBN
9781604655407, 1604655402
Credits
Director of photography, Sam Leavitt ; editor, Louis R. Loeffler ; music, Duke Ellington.
Published
[New York, New York] : Criterion Collection, [2012]
Publisher no.
CC2111D The Criterion Collection
Description
2 videodiscs (161 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; widescreen 16:9; 1.85:1 aspect ratio; High-Definition digital restoration; PCM Dolby digital mono.; Dolby digital 5.1 surround; NTSC region 1.
Technical Details
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