Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Director of the month " Otto Preminger (1905-1986)"

-Austrian-born Otto Preminger came to Hollywood from the stage in the 1930s with plans to direct, but after a falling-out with 20th Century-Fox production head Darryl F. Zanuck, was forced to support himself as an actor for a time during World War II. After replacing director Rouben Mamoulian behind the camera of LAURA (1944) however, Preminger's directorial career was back on track, and he went on to make some three-dozen films, earning three Academy Award nominations in the process. Known as a filmmaker with a penchant for being notoriously tough on his actors, Preminger showed a special talent for film-noir crime dramas at Fox in the 1940s, before tackling controversial and frequently taboo subjects such as race, drug addiction and rape in several independent films of the 1950s and '60s.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959), A Man with the golden arms (1957) which remains, with Laura, Preminger's most popular film, he made a series of long, sweeping, all-star blockbusters based on popular novels on social-political themes: Exodus (1960), Advise and Consent (1962), The Cardinal (1963), In Harm's Way (1965), Hurry Sundown (1966). One factor in the critical disapproval of Preminger was his public image: notorious for his tyranny on the set, Preminger cultivated his celebrity and became, along with Hitchcock, one of the only Hollywood directors to be widely familiar to the general public..

Other noteble movie River of no return (1954) , Carmen Jones (1954) , Porgy and Bess (1959) . His Last film I belive was Rosebud (1975) Kim Cattrall first screen debute.

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