Thursday, March 29, 2012

Getty to offer Fred Zinnemann film series starting April 3



Tuesdays in April, screenings of the master director’s bold films will be followed by conversations with scholars and filmmakers, including Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann as well as actress Marsha Hunt, Gary Cooper's daughter Maria Cooper Janis, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch

Featuring a 60th anniversary screening of the classic High Noon

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES—Legendary director Fred Zinnemann (1907–1997) refused to conform to the studio system. Instead, this master director rethought traditional film genres and told stories about outsiders and nonconformists. 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.

For the month of April, the Getty Research Institute will present a series of his films followed by conversations with noted film scholars and filmmakers who worked with Zinnemann, including Academy Award–winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch and Academy Award–winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, as well as Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann, who is a director, producer and photographer. This series is curated by Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth, as part of the Getty Research Institute’s 2011–12 scholar year which is built around the theme of Artistic Practice.

The screenings are:

The Seventh Cross (1944)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

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 in supporting roles. (MGM; 35mm, 110 min. From the collection of the George Eastman House.)

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

The Search (1948)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

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 earliest roles. (Praesens-Film, MGM; 35mm, 104 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.)

This screening is followed by a conversation with Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth.

High Noon (1952)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Zinnemann directed Gary Cooper in this classic and controversial western about a sheriff who faces the town’s former enemies alone. (Stanley Kramer Productions, United Artists; 35mm, 85 min.)

The Getty Center celebrates the 60th 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.

Julia (1977)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

In his penultimate film, Zinnemann directed Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jason Robards in one of Hollywood’s most complex and important films about women, friendship, and political commitment. (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.

Admission to this event is free. To attend, the public may make reservations by visiting or calling (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.

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