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Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger USA, 1959

Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Anatomie eines Mordes

Undoubtedly groundbreaking in its day, both for its thematic daring and the questions it asks of the nature of justice. It also has a cast to die for, a tight script, great score and all round sophistication as a piece of cinema. And yet... maybe it's the coolness of Preminger's directorial style that leaves me feeling unsatisfied - I don't know, but the end result is a film I admire but cannot love.