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Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance$
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J.E. Smyth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039645

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039645.001.0001

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From Germany to Algeria, and Other Historiographies of Resistance

From Germany to Algeria, and Other Historiographies of Resistance

(p.25) Chapter One From Germany to Algeria, and Other Historiographies of Resistance
Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance

J. E. Smyth

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter one focuses on a comparative analysis of three key films spanning Fred Zinnemann's career which define the director's complex visualization of Resistance in the twentieth century and address his attraction for controversial subject matter. The chapter beings with an analysis of Zinnemann's first feature film, The Seventh Cross (1944) starring Spencer Tracy in the unusual role of a German communist. Zinnemann's greatest professional disappointment was the cancellation of his production of Man's Fate (1969), about the communist revolution in China and the chapter provides the first in-depth analysis of the production. Finally, the chapter explores The Day of the Jackal, one of Zinnemann's most controversial films about the planned assassination of former Resistance hero, Charles de Gaulle.

Keywords:   The Day of the Jackal (1973), The Seventh Cross (1944), Man's Fate (1969), Charles de Gaulle, Anna Seghers

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