ANATOMY OF A MURDER
Sunday, October 29
Directed by Otto Preminger
Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, and Ben Gazzara
(1959) Courtroom drama at its peak, with both emotional pyrotechnics and nervously hilarious comedy relief, as small town ex-Prosecutor James Stewart defends Ben Gazzara for the murder of wife Lee Remick’s rapist—with lace-trimmed panties the key. With George C. Scott (in his first major role) as the prosecutor, McCarthy silencer Joseph N. Welch as the judge, Eve Arden as Stewart’s knowing gal Friday, and a Duke Ellington (onscreen as “Pie-Eye”) score. DCP. Approx. 160 min.
“SPELLBINDING, infused by an ambiguity about human personality and motivation that is Preminger's trademark.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader