Otto Preminger

Director, producer, actor Otto Preminger

Otto Ludwig Preminger was an Austro–Hungarian-American theatre and film director. After moving from the theatre to Hollywood, he directed over 35 feature films in a five-decade career. He rose to prominence for stylish film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944) and Fallen Angel (1945). In the 1950s and 1960s, he directed a number of high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works.
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Movie Listings for Sept. 2-8
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Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies . ‘Amigo’ (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic
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The Big Interview: Kim Cattrall - Toronto Star
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Film director Otto Preminger visited the school, was impressed with Cattrall and cast her in his film, Rosebud. But not only did she find the experience of working with the dictatorial man “disheartening”, she didn't have a green card and had to return
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Why we should give remakes a chance - Salon
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The Contender is a remake of Otto Preminger's Advise/Consent. 3. Whom did James Toback ask permission from when he was adapting The Gambler for his original film? A slightly different case, admittedly. 4. Remakes are old, old, news
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Five Great Courtroom Dramas - HeyUGuys.co.uk
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Otto Preminger's Anatomy of A Murder caused quite a stir on its release. Given that this was the tail end of the 1950′s, a film about the trial of a man who murders the rapist of his wife and then pleads temporary insanity was something of a hot
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Linda Darnell Movie Schedule: FALLEN ANGEL, HANGOVER SQUARE, DAY-TIME WIFE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Dir: Otto Preminger. Cast: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell. BW-97 mins. 8:00 PM A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1948) A small-town seductress notifies her three best friends that she has run off with one of their husbands. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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'Porgy and Bess' revived - and so is debate - Philadelphia Inquirer
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Otto Preminger directed Porgy and Bess in 1959, when everybody still thought it was a Broadway musical, but with beautifully composed panoramic shots, operatic in scope and style. Sadly, that version has been out of circulation for decades
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Tinseltown stuntman shares A-list tussles in memoir - Vancouver Sun
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The mention of John Wayne, for instance, immediately prompts Needham to launch into a tale about how the Duke ratted him out to Otto Preminger, the iconic if somewhat tyrannical director of 1965's In Harm's Way. For a fight scene, he was ordered to get
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Movie Listings for Aug. 19-25
NYTimes - over 6 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies . ‘Another Earth’ (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction
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James Stewart on TCM: THE STRATTON STORY, NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Otto Preminger must have left the flag-waving, anti-sex freaks of the Production Code Administration all apoplectic with this tale of rape, murder, and lack of ethics in the US Justice System. Stewart is actually fine as the defense attorney — nothing
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Fresno theater alumnus resurrects classic 'Stalag 17' - Fresno Bee
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But this 1951 Broadway play, which inspired the famous 1953 film starring William Holden and Otto Preminger, adds a suspenseful twist. One in their midst is on the other side, but the airmen don't know his identity. Director Duane Boutte, one of Good
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NYTimes - over 6 years
Here's a reader's comment about Dave Kehr's Video column about the 1968 movie ''Skidoo,'' a psychedelic generation-gap comedy by Otto Preminger that has just been released on DVD. Groucho Marx played God in the film. ''I was delighted that Mr. Kehr reviewed 'Skidoo,' one of my favorite wannabe countercultural films of the late 1960s. But I'd like
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Kim Cattrall: Leaves Sex and The City behind for new film Monica Velour - Daily Mail
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When Kim Cattrall was a 17-year-old innocent in Hollywood, making her debut in a film called Rosebud, she was called to one side by the director, Otto Preminger and told she reminded him of Marilyn Monroe. Then came the punchline
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Bernadette Peters to be Honored at Westport Country Playhouse Annual Gala - Minuteman News Center
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She made her theatrical debut in This Is Goggle, starring James Daly and Kim Hunter, directed by Otto Preminger. Peters made her Broadway debut in 1967 in Johnny No-Trump, and in 1968 starred with Joel Grey in the musical George M!, earning a Theatre
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Otto Preminger's 'Skidoo' a curious relic of the '60s - Los Angeles Times
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Initially known for such obsessive noirs as "Laura" and "Fallen Angel," Otto Preminger enjoyed a long run in the 1950s and '60s as one of Hollywood's most ambitious practitioners of the issue movie
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Gleason as Tripster, Groucho as God - New York Times
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In Otto Preminger's 1968 comedy “Skidoo”: from far left, John Phillip Law, Frankie Avalon, Alexandra Hay and George Raft. By DAVE KEHR Stanley Kubrick's “2001” may have been billed as “the ultimate trip,” but attention must also be paid to another
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DVD OF THE WEEK: Skidoo - GreenCine
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Otto Preminger's 1968 satire Skidoo takes its title from a word dating back to the 1920s, meaning to get out while the getting's good. "Perhaps the first truly national fad expression and one of the most popular fad expressions to appear
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Rewind: 'Skidoo' the kind of crazy I need to see - amNY
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Directed by Otto Preminger, this comedy also co-stars Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Mickey Rooney, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith and, as if that's not enough, Groucho Marx as a mob boss named, um, God
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 80
    Otto Preminger died in New York City, New York in 1986, aged 80, from lung cancer while suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
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  • 1966
    Age 60
    It was not until 1966, when Preminger was 60 years old and Erik was 22 years old, that they were to meet finally as father and son.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 59
    Beginning in 1965, Preminger made a string of films in which he attempted to make stories that were fresh and distinctive, but the films he made, including In Harm's Way (1965) and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), became both critical and financial flops.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 47
    At the New York City Opera, in October 1953, Preminger directed the American premiere (in English translation) of Gottfried von Einem's opera Der Prozeß, based on Franz Kafka's novel The Trial.
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  • 1947
    Age 41
    After the modest success of Daisy Kenyon, Preminger, an avid careerist, saw That Lady in Ermine as a further opportunity. Betty Grable was cast opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The film had previously been another Lubitsch project, but after his sudden death in November 1947, Preminger took over.
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  • 1946
    Age 40
    The reviews and box office draw were tepid when the film was released in July 1946, but by the end of that year Preminger had one of the most sumptuous contracts on the lot, earning $7,500 a week.
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    Although Preminger and Marion had been estranged for years, he was surprised when in May 1946 she asked for a divorce.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 31
    In November 1937, Zanuck's perennial emissary Gregory Ratoff brought Preminger the news that Zanuck had chosen him to direct Kidnapped, which was to be the most expensive feature to date for Twentieth Century-Fox.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 29
    In April 1935, as Preminger was rehearsing a boulevard farce, The King with an Umbrella, he received a summons from American film producer Joseph Schenck to a five o'clock meeting at the Imperial Hotel.
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  • 1931
    Age 25
    It was not until the spring of 1931 that Preminger's carefree bachelor lifestyle was threatened when he met a Hungarian woman named Marion Mill. The couple married soon afterwards in the summer of 1932 in a plain ceremony on the bride's birthday, August 3, only thirty minutes after her divorce from her first husband had been finalized.
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    From 1931-1935, Preminger directed twenty-six shows.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 18
    When the theater opened, on April 1, 1924, Preminger appeared as a furniture mover in Reinhardt's comedia staging of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters.
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  • 1923
    Age 17
    In 1923, when Preminger was seventeen, his soon-to-be mentor, Max Reinhardt, the renowned Viennese-born director, announced plans to establish a theatrical company in Vienna.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Age 10
    Markus moved his family to a more fashionable district in 1916.
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  • 1915
    Age 9
    In 1915, Markus relocated his family to Vienna, the city that Otto later claimed to have been born in.
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  • 1914
    Age 8
    After the assassination in 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne, which led to the Great War, Russia entered the war on the Serbian side.
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  • 1905
    Born
    Preminger was born in 1905 in Wiznitz, Bukovina (east of Galicia), Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine), into a Jewish family.
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