Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Night at the Movies - A to Z

The J choice for this is week is the taut drama Judgment at Nuremburg. An American judge is chosen to preside over the trial of four German jurists accused of passing legislation to legalize Nazi atrocities.  The judge (Spencer Tracy) must walk a tightrope between upholding the letter and spirit of the law and bowing under political pressure. He also has to act as referee between the military prosecuting attorney played by Richard Widmark and the counsel for defense played by German actor, Maximillian Schell.  The pace of the movie can be slow at times, but the courtroom scenes are tense. The star studded cast also includes Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, and Montgomery Clift. Schell won the 1961 academy award for Best Actor.

Do you have a J recommendation for me?


  1. I can't think of a "J" movie... (I'm waiting for "L.") I tried showing Judgment to my classes and it didn't get very far. "This is boring, Frau." Kids don't know good stuff when they see it. (Although, yeah, it does move kinda slow.)