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Fred Zinnemann

Highest Rated:   100% The Search (1948)
Lowest Rated:   14% Five Days One Summer (1983)
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Birthplace:   Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Vienna-born Fred Zinnemann had childhood dreams of becoming a musician, and later planned on a law career, before his viewing of the movies of Erich Von Stroheim drew him into the movie business, initially as a cameraman. He came to the United States in 1929, and later found work as an editor, and subsequently as an assistant to documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty, and then as an assistant to choreographer Busby Berkeley. He joined MGM in the late '30s as a director of comedy shorts, and won an Academy award for his 1938 short subject That Mothers Might Live. Zinnemann moved up to full-length features in 1941, but found little opportunity to work on anything but B-pictures until 1948, with The Search, a drama set in post-World War II Europe. He didn't really become a major recognized box-office name as a director, however, until 1952 when his Western drama High Noon, starring Gary Cooper, which had been perceived by most observers as headed for commercial disaster, became a monster box-office hit and a multi-Academy award nominee. Zinnemann's handling of From Here to Eternity solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's most reliable hands at dealing with difficult screen material. Comfortable in most genres, Zinnemann subsequently excelled in musicals (Oklahoma!), adaptations of stage work (A Man for All Seasons, for which he won another Oscar), and thrillers (Day of the Jackal). Along with Billy Wilder, Zinnemann represented the most successful of expatriate European directors in Hollywood.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hands Up! (Rece do góry)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
14% Five Days One Summer
  • Director
1983
76% Julia
  • Director
1977
89% The Day of the Jackal
  • Director
1973
83% A Man for All Seasons
  • Producer
  • Director
1966
90% Behold a Pale Horse
  • Director
  • Producer
1964
75% The Sundowners
  • Producer
  • Director
1960
94% The Nun's Story
  • Director
1959
78% The Old Man and the Sea
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet A Hatful of Rain
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Miracle in Soho
  • Director
1957
88% Oklahoma!
  • Director
1955
92% From Here to Eternity
  • Director
1953
83% The Member of the Wedding
  • Director
1952
96% High Noon
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Teresa
  • Director
1951
77% The Men
  • Director
1950
91% Act of Violence
  • Director
1948
100% The Search
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet My Brother Talks to Horses
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Little Mister Jim
  • Director
1947
100% The Seventh Cross
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Eyes in the Night
  • Director
1942
100% Kid Glove Killer
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Redes (Fishermen's Nets) (The Wave)
  • Director
1937
98% All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Man
1930

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