Anatomy of a Murder

Burbank, CA: Otto Preminger Films, 1959. Vintage keybook studio photograph of Lee Remick with Jimmy Stewart and Duke Ellington at the piano from the 1959 film.

Preminger's noir-ish courtroom drama that enlightened mainstream cinema with its frank discussion of rape and promiscuity, topics that were to that point only portrayed in B-movies. Nominated for several Academy Awards, and placed in the National Film Registry in 2012.

Based on John D. Voelker's 1958 novel (written under the pseudonym Robert Traver), about Frederick Manion (Gazzara), an army lieutenant, who is arrested for the murder of a bartender. He claims that the victim had raped and beaten his wife Laura (Remick), and although Laura supports her husband's story, the forensics team can find no evidence that she'd been raped. Frederick's attorney is small-town lawyer Paul Biegler (Stewart), who comes to realize his defendant is violently possessive and jealous, and that his wife has a reputation sleeping around.

Set in and shot on location in Michigan.

10 x 8 inches (26 x 21 cm). Very Good plus, some light edge wear.

Rosenbaum 1000. Criterion Collection 600. Penzler 101. Spicer US. Grant US. Selby US.

[Book #146009]

Price: $375.00