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Fred Zinnemann

Highest Rated: 100% The Search (1948)

Lowest Rated: 14% Five Days One Summer (1983)

Birthday: Apr 29, 1907

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



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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