As an examination of the confounding moral quandaries surrounding who should bear guilt and blame for Nazi atrocities, it is a brilliant work, nuanced, provocative, complex, and admirably fair-minded. But as a courtroom drama, it's a bit dry and sluggish and a little dull. And like most any films on the subject, it's much easier to admire than to love. It gets a B. The Nazis get a Z-.
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG - I think - it's one of the best courtdrama I've ever seen. It's thrilling, exciting, and entertaining. Director Stanley Kramer succeed to give such a solid presentation. Although it has a three-hour runtime, I never feel bored during watching this movie. As if - it has 90 minutes runtime. It's hard to discuss this movie without mentioning its talented actors. JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG is fantastic!
Every once in a while you become aware - always subtly, by virtue of the experience itself - that you have stumbled into the presence of Masters. True Masters of their form and craft, able to take you on a journey you didn't know you needed, to places you never knew to go - but you are ultimately made better by the journey. Rarely have I felt so shaken to silence, by technique, yes, and sheer impact of the narrative.
I was expecting this to be a great-guns American circle-jerk 'we won' celebration film; but it's not. The longer it goes on (and it is long), the more the scope of guilt is examined and extended. I'm heartened that this film won so many awards and gave Clift and Garland career best parts at a time that was right for them. An inquisitive film that doesn't shy from taking a position - like it or not.
It's flawed - it should have been confined solely to the courtroom, cutting Dietrich's character - and while not exactly subtle by today's standards, there's plenty of nuance, wisdom and colour in Abby Mann's extraordinary script. An acting masterclass - Schell, Garland and Lancaster are terrific - it works best in that claustrophobic room, full of men blaming men, with no score, just powerful words and glances.
The Nuremberg trials may be remembered by history as an exercise in futility (all those sentenced eventually went free) but Kramer's film still provides great discussion regarding culpability, morality, justice and nationalism. The camera movement of Ernest Laszlo is remarkable as is the scripting by Abby Mann. Performances are stellar especially Maximilian Schell and a stoic Burt Lancaster.
Opera di proporzioni bibliche,con un cast stellare che riflette la grandezza della Hollywood anni '60.Un manuale splendido di legalità,giustizia e arte oratoria che si appresta ad infiniti ragionamenti sulla vita,sulla civiltà,su tutto.Immagini in tribunale strazianti,le zoomate e le panoramiche dell'aula sono da capogiro.Andrebbe proiettato nelle scuole per far comprendere il significato della parola"cinema". Epico.