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March 14, 2012

Getty Research Institute Presents Fred Zinnemann: Cinema of Resistance


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

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

       

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Fred Zinnemann at work on the set of Julia (1977), 1976.
Image courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. © 20th Century Fox   


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.

Spencer Tracy, Karen Verne, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of  

Spencer Tracy, Karen Verne, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of The Seventh Cross.
Image courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
© Warner Bros.


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.

Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of  

Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of The Search.
Image courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

© Warner Bros.


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.

Fred Zinnemann, Floyd Crosby, Gary Cooper, and the crew of  

Fred Zinnemann, Floyd Crosby, Gary Cooper, and the crew of High Noon.
Image courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

© Paramount.


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.

Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of  

Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, and Fred Zinnemann on the set of Julia.
Image courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

© 20th Century Fox


Admission to this event is free. To attend, the public may make reservations by visiting www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/events/zinnemann_cinema or calling (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.


About the Getty Scholars Program

Every year since 1985 the Getty Research Institute has invited scholars, artists, and other cultural figures from around the world to work in residence in Los Angeles on projects that bear upon its annual research theme. While in residence, they pursue their own research projects, make use of Getty collections, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The 2011/2012 theme is Artistic Practice. For more information visit: www.getty.edu/research/scholars.

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The Getty Research Institute is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust. It serves education in the broadest sense by increasing knowledge and understanding about art and its history through advanced research. The Research Institute provides intellectual leadership through its research, exhibition, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies, fellowships, online resources, and a Research Library. The Research Library—housed in the 201,000-square-foot Research Institute building designed by Richard Meier—is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world. The general library collections (secondary sources) include almost 900,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and auction catalogues encompassing the history of Western art and related fields in the humanities. The Research Library's special collections include rare books, artists' journals, sketchbooks, architectural drawings and models, photographs, and archival materials.

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