Saturday, February 1, 2014

Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgement at Nuremberg dramatizes the series of American tribunals following World War II which tried several Nazi officials for war atrocities, and condenses them into a single trial. Socially conscious filmmaker Stanley Kramer's film was one I'd seen awhile back and one which held a firm place in my memory as a biting and powerful work. Watching it again, I found the material overly hypothetical and pretentious with Kramer's constantly zooming courtroom scene cameras creating a distraction. Still, there is much to appreciate on the acting front and from a highly regarded cast standouts include Burt Lancaster as a defendant, Montgomery Clift and Judy Garland as key witnesses, Richard Widmark and Maximilian Schell (excellent, also an Oscar winner for the part) as opposing attorneys, and Spencer Tracy as the presiding judge.