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Film Series

Fred Zinnemann
One of Hollywood's legendary directors, Fred Zinnemann (1907–1997) refused to conform to the studio system. Rethinking traditional film genres and telling stories about outsiders and nonconformists were essential qualities of this master director, who created a true cinema of resistance. More than any director of his generation, Zinnemann researched, sketched, and annotated his shots—revealing a meticulous and bold cinematic artist with a complex visual style. This film series, curated by Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth, is part of the Getty Research Institute's 2011–12 scholar year theme Artistic Practice.

A Conversation about Julia
Walter Murch, Alvin Sargent, and Jennifer Smyth discuss Julia (1977) at the Getty Center.

Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of
Julia (1977)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
7 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

In his penultimate film, Zinnemann directed one of Hollywood's most complex and important films about women, friendship, and political commitment. Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave star in this adaptation of playwright Lillian Hellman's memories of her best friend—a leader in the 1930s antifascist resistance. Redgrave won an Academy Award for her performance. Supporting cast include Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell, and Meryl Streep. (20th Century Fox; 35mm, 117 min. Print courtesy of 20th Century Fox.)

A conversation with Academy Award–winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch, Academy Award–winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth follows the screening.

A Conversation about High Noon
Maria Cooper Janis, Jennifer Smyth, and Tim Zinnemann discuss High Noon (1952) at the Getty Center.

Fred Zinnemann, Floyd Crosby, Gary Cooper, and the crew of
High Noon (1952)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
7 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

Zinnemann directs Gary Cooper in this classic and controversial western about a sheriff who faces the town's former enemies alone. High Noon also stars Thomas Mitchell, Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado, and Lloyd Bridges. (Stanley Kramer Productions, United Artists; 35mm, 85 min.)

The Getty Center celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of High Noon with a conversation featuring the director's son, Tim Zinnemann; Gary Cooper's daughter, Maria Cooper Janis; and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth.

Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of
The Search (1948)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
7 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

One of the first filmmakers allowed inside postwar Germany, Zinnemann spent months interviewing child Holocaust survivors, many of whom appear in this film about one Czechoslovakian boy's survival after the war. Ivan Jandl and Jarmila Novotna appear with Montgomery Clift in one of his first roles. (Praesens Films, MGM; 35mm, 104 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.)

A conversation with director Fred Zinnemann's son, Tim Zinnemann, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth follows the screening.

Spencer Tracy, Karen Verne, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of
The Seventh Cross (1944)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
7 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

Zinnemann's first major feature film is an adaptation of Anna Seghers's novel about a former German communist's escape from a concentration camp in prewar Nazi Germany. Spencer Tracy stars, with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy supporting. (MGM; 35mm, 110 min. From the collection of the George Eastman House.)

A conversation with actress Marsha Hunt and Zinnemann scholars Jan-Christopher Horak (University of California, Los Angeles) and Jennifer Smyth (University of Warwick) follows the screening.


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