Otto Preminger - Rotten Tomatoes

Otto Preminger

Highest Rated:   100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Lowest Rated:   14% Forever Amber (1947)
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Birthplace:   Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Originally a law student, Otto Preminger got his first acting experience with Max Reinhardt's theater company while studying for his degree. He entered the theater as a producer and director, came to America as a director in 1935, and was hired by 20th Century Fox. After leaving the studio for Broadway at the end of the '30s, he returned in the early '40s, specializing in Nazi roles despite his Jewish faith. Preminger got back into the director's chair with Margin for Error, an adaptation of a play that he had directed on Broadway. Laura, based upon the hit novel and play by Vera Caspary, was to have been made by Rouben Mamoulian; but he was fired soon after production began, and Preminger took over finished the film, which went on to become a huge hit. The director's most important subsequent movie at Fox was Forever Amber, which failed at the box office but enhanced his reputation nonetheless.In the early '50s, Preminger became an independent producer/director, and immediately began making a name for himself through a series of successful challenges to the restrictive production code, which forbade the use of various controversial subjects onscreen. His sophisticated comedy The Moon Is Blue broke through the barrier with regard to sexual subject matter with its relatively frank treatment of such topics as virginity and pregnancy, while The Man With the Golden Arm was the first major Hollywood film to deal with drug addiction. Preminger's Carmen Jones proved to be a critically successful venture into musicals, which led directly to being chosen by Samuel Goldwyn to direct the screen adaptation of George and Ira Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Preminger's box-office record was rather scattershot during this era and included the notorious disaster Saint Joan and the hit Anatomy of a Murder. His early-'60s movies grew in size and pretentiousness, and included such epic-length releases as Advise and Consent, The Cardinal, and In Harm's Way, but, by the middle of the decade, he had receded in ambition and success with Bunny Lake Is Missing, Skidoo, and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. The '70s saw the release of the failed thrillers Rosebud and The Human Factor. He died in 1986, several years after the onset of Alzheimer's disease brought an end to his career. Always a flamboyant personality, Preminger was one of the more visible and better known director/producers of his era, and also became known to an entire generation of children with his portrayal of the villainous Mr. Freeze on the Batman television series.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Die Titelmacher
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Danger: Love At Work
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Cinema Of Our Time: Otto Preminger
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Premiere Films
  • Director
1999
67% The Hobbit
  • Elvenking
1978
40% Rosebud
  • Producer
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Such Good Friends
  • Producer
  • Director
1971
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
  • Director
  • Producer
1970
36% Skidoo
  • Director
  • Producer
1968
29% Hurry Sundown
  • Producer
  • Director
1967
83% Bunny Lake Is Missing
  • Director
  • Producer
1965
40% In Harm's Way
  • Producer
  • Director
1965
60% The Cardinal
  • Producer
  • Director
1963
82% Advise and Consent
  • Director
  • Producer
1962
64% Exodus
  • Director
  • Producer
1960
100% Anatomy of a Murder
  • Director
  • Producer
1959
83% Porgy and Bess
  • Director
1959
86% Bonjour Tristesse
  • Director
  • Producer
1958
30% Saint Joan
  • Producer
  • Director
1957
86% The Man With the Golden Arm
  • Producer
  • Director
1955
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
  • Director
1955
74% Carmen Jones
  • Producer
  • Director
1954
62% River of No Return
  • Director
1954
38% The Moon Is Blue
  • Director
  • Producer
1953
97% Stalag 17
  • Oberst Von Scherbach
1953
80% Angel Face
  • Producer
  • Director
1952
83% The 13th Letter
  • Producer
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet The Fan
  • Director
  • Producer
1950
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Director
1950
90% Whirlpool
  • Producer
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine
  • Actor
  • Director
1948
100% Daisy Kenyon
  • Director
  • Producer
1947
14% Forever Amber
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Centennial Summer
  • Director
1946
80% Fallen Angel
  • Producer
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Gen. Rahl
1945
33% A Royal Scandal
  • Director
1945
100% Laura
  • Director
  • Producer
1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling
  • Producer
  • Director
1944
20% They Got Me Covered
  • Otto Fauscheim
1943
No Score Yet Margin for Error
  • Karl Baumer
  • Director
1943
100% The Pied Piper
  • Maj. Diessen
1942
No Score Yet Under Your Spell
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Die große Liebe (The Great Love)
  • Director
  • Producer
1931

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Mr. Freeze
  • 1966

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