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Fred Zinnemann

Highest Rated:   100% The Search (1948)
Lowest Rated:   17% 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
17% Five Days One Summer
  • Producer
1983
72% Julia
  • Director
1977
90% The Day of the Jackal
  • Director
1973
82% A Man for All Seasons
  • Director
  • Producer
1966
86% Behold a Pale Horse
  • Director
  • Producer
1964
78% The Sundowners
  • Director
  • Producer
1960
93% The Nun's Story
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet A Hatful of Rain
  • Director
1957
96% Oklahoma!
  • Director
1955
92% From Here to Eternity
  • Director
1953
88% The Member of the Wedding
  • Director
1952
96% High Noon
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Teresa
  • Director
1951
70% The Men
  • Director
1950
90% Act of Violence
  • Director
1948
100% The Search
  • Director
1948
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
100% All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Man
1930

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