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Fred Zinnemann Overview:

Legendary director, Fred Zinnemann, was born Alfred Zinnemann on Apr 29, 1907 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). Zinnemann died at the age of 89 on Mar 14, 1997 in London, England .

MINI BIO:

Zinnemann studied both music and law before dropping each in turn, and at the age of 21, he became an assistant cameraman for U.F.A. Studios in Berlin.  The following year, he emigrated to Hollywood where he endured some hard times before making the necessary contacts to land him a job as an assistant cutter and, by 1931, as an assistant director.

MGM provided Zinnemann with his first commercial directing experience -- at first on several of their 'Crime Does Not Pay' two-reelers, and then on 'B' features. Some of Zinnemann's best directing at this time featured clever cutting and intelligent camera angles that increased tension. Zinnemann was gradually becoming a director of importance with an Oscar nomination for High Noon, an Oscar win for From Here to Eternity, his great musical Oklahoma, and his box-office hit, A Nun's Story starring Audrey Hepburn.

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

Zinnemann's autobiography Fred Zinnemann: An Autobiography: A Life in the Movies was published in 1992.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Fred Zinnemann was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two for Best Director for From Here to Eternity and A Man for All Seasons in 1953 and 1966 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1948Best DirectorThe Search (1948)N/ANominated
1952Best DirectorHigh Noon (1952)N/ANominated
1953Best DirectorFrom Here to Eternity (1953)N/AWon
1959Best DirectorThe Nun's Story (1959)N/ANominated
1960Best DirectorThe Sundowners (1960)N/ANominated
1966Best DirectorA Man for All Seasons (1966)N/AWon
1977Best DirectorJulia (1977)N/ANominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

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By Aaron West on May 24, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 24 Posted by aaronwest Sergei Eisenstein famously visited Mexico in 1930 to attempt a film project, ¡Que viva México! which fell through for a number of reasons. Despite his failure, he left an indelible mark on the film industry. Initiated by a strong left wing state, the film Redes was produc... Read full article


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By Aaron West on May 24, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 24 Posted by aaronwest Sergei Eisenstein famously visited Mexico in 1930 to attempt a film project, ¡Que viva México! which fell through for a number of reasons. Despite his failure, he left an indelible mark on the film industry. Initiated by a strong left wing state, the film Redes was produc... Read full article


Redes, 1936, Emilio Gómez Muriel &

By Aaron West on May 24, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 24 Posted by aaronwest Sergei Eisenstein famously visited Mexico in 1930 to attempt a film project, ¡Que viva México! which fell through for a number of reasons. Despite his failure, he left an indelible mark on the film industry. Initiated by a strong left wing state, the film Redes was produc... Read full article


Book Review: The Brilliant and Overlooked

By KC on Aug 6, 2014 From Classic Movies

and the Cinema of Resistance J.E. Smyth University Press of Mississippi, 2014 Before I picked up and the Cinema of Resistance, I didn't think I had any set notions about the Vienna-born director's style. I only knew that if I saw his name in the credits of a film, it w... Read full article


The Best Films of

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 1, 2014 From 4 Star Films

1. High Noon 2. From Here to Eternity 3. The Search 4. A Man For All Seasons 5. A Nun’s Story 6. Oklahoma 7. The Men 8. Act of Violence 9. The Day of the Jackal 10. The Seventh Cross 11. Julia 12. People on Sunday... Read full article


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