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Anatomy of a Murder

Instrueret af Otto Preminger
USA, 1959
Krimi, Drama


This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words.

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Anatomy of a Murder Instrueret af Otto Preminger

Priser & festivaler

Venice Film Festival

1959 | 2 vindere including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1960 | 7 nomineringer inklusiv: Best Picture


Preminger’s cinematic scalpel does more than lay open the guts of the criminal justice system. It peels back layers of legal flesh and sinew and reveals the minds of the lawyers in the courtroom and their hearts and souls – their humanity – in memorable scenes outside it.
March 17, 2013
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Such a strange film, especially for its time. Despite being fictional, it’s closer in spirit to Depardon’s Moments of Trial than to most courtroom dramas, its focus on Jimmy Stewart’s defense attorney a hugely effective red herring… Masterfully done, but it does leave a massive hole where any human interest ought to be, which retroactively makes touches like the redemption of Arthur O’Connell’s alcoholic mentor seem not just irrelevant but intrusive.
February 24, 2012
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This 1959 release is a prime contender for Otto Preminger’s greatest film — a superb courtroom drama packed with humor and character that shows every actor at his or her best… As an entertaining look at legal process, this is spellbinding, infused by an ambiguity about human personality and motivation that is Preminger’s trademark, and the location shooting is superb.
July 08, 1995
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