Fred Zinnemann Portrait-Photo with Autograph. Hand signed in 1993. CoA
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 4,1 x 5,9 inches. Very fine condition.
Fred Zinnemann (1907–1997) was an Austrian-American film director. He won four Academy Awards and directed movies like High Noon, From Here to Eternity and A Man for All Seasons.
Zinnemann was born to a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, and died of a heart attack in London, England.
His adaptation of The Seventh Cross, though filmed entirely on the MGM backlot, captured the essence of the Anna Seghers novel by realistic use of refugee German actors in even the smallest roles.
The filmmaker also used authentic locales and extras in The Search (1948), which won an Oscar for screen writing and secured his position in the Hollywood establishment, a vivid drama of World War II aftermath in Berlin that drew on Zinnemann's skills as both documentarian and dramatist. Shot in war-ravaged Germany, the film stars Montgomery Clift in his screen debut as a GI who cares for a lost Czech boy traumatised by the war.
In the critically acclaimed The Men (1950), starring newcomer Marlon Brando as a paraplegic war veteran, Zinnemann filmed many scenes in a California hospital where real patients served as extras.
Besides Clift and Brando, other Zinnemann discoveries included Pier Angeli and John Ericson, who co-starred in Teresa (1951), with Rod Steiger and Ralph Meeker debuting in secondary roles. And in Oklahoma! (1955), Zinnemann's version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the wide screen format Todd-AO made its debut, as did the film's young star Shirley Jones.
In From Here to Eternity (1953), he cast Frank Sinatra, who was at the lowest point of his popularity.
Throughout his career Zinnemann favoured a protagonist morally impelled to act heroically in defence of his or her beliefs. Hepburn in The Nun's Story and Cooper in High Noon, determined to confront savage outlaws hungry for revenge, are two other prominent examples.
He won the Academy Award for Directing for From Here to Eternity and A Man for All Seasons and also took home the Best Picture Oscar for producing the latter film. He received his first Oscar in 1951 for the documentary short Benjy.
His final film was Five Days One Summer in 1982.
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