ACT OF VIOLENCE
1948, Warner Bros., 81 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

A dark masterpiece made during the Metro tenure of producer Dore Schary, this is emblematic film noir. Psychically scarred Robert Ryan stalks war hero Van Heflin from sylvan Big Bear Lake to the nocturnal underbelly of postwar downtown L.A. Robert Surtees’ stunning cinematography captures the dark side of the postwar boom, as well as superb performances from the entire cast, including a jaw-droppingly gorgeous 20-year-old Janet Leigh and a revelatory Mary Astor as a blowsy, street-wise hooker. Director Fred Zinnemann’s only foray into film noir is one of the best of the classic era.


OKLAHOMA!
1955, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria Grahame headline this dynamic, showstopping version of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The first Hollywood feature released in 70mm – courtesy of producer Michael Todd and the American Optical Co. ("Todd-AO") – OKLAHOMA! features astonishing, revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!


THE SEARCH
1948, Warner Bros., 104 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

American soldier Montgomery Clift looks after a young concentration camp survivor (Academy Award-winner Ivan Jandl) in postwar Germany; meanwhile, the boy's mother scours Berlin in search of her son. This beautiful, touching drama won an Oscar for its story and remains one of the high points of director Fred Zinnemann's career.


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