Compliments of Theresa at Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch and Lesley at Second Sight Cinema, “Order in the Court! – The Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon” is scheduled to be heard with opening arguments on June 10 and closing statements by June 13, 2016. Testimony will be given by a wide variety of experts speaking on films from the ambivalent silent and early sound eras, the varied works of the 1930s-1950s, the golden age of heroic legal cinema from the 1950s-1960s, and the conflicted portrayals from the 1970s and on. Many MMC! favourites are already scheduled for discussion, including Fury (Fritz Lang, 1936), The Winslow Boy (Anthony Asquith, 1948), Adam’s Rib (George Cukor, 1949), Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1957), Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer, 1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962), The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, 1982), My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn, 1992), and Criterion Collection titles like 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957), Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959), and Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961).
MMC! will celebrate George Seaton’s wonderful Miracle on 34th Street (1947), a Christmas movie that actually wasn’t and a deceptively insightful work on the relationship between legal-thinking and justice-making. Big thanks to Theresa for the invitation!