Friday, August 31, 2012

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Director: Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Schell, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, William Shatner. 186 min. Not Rated. Drama/History/War.

One of those classics where at the end you ask yourself: how come I never saw this incredible piece of movie history before? A golden ensemble of actors play out this trial of four judges who cooperated with the Nazi regime. Although Schell deservedly won an Oscar as the defending council, I'm amazed how Tracy and Lancaster were left empty-handed. The beautifully-written screenplay (another Oscar-winner) makes you take sides with the last person who makes an argument in the courtroom - which makes the very last person who speaks in the movie's last scene the ultimate winner.

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