This gripping, provocative and powerful film sheds a controversial light on the darkest era in modern history. Winner of two Oscars, Judgement at Nuremberg features searing performances by an all-star cast including Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland.
On 27 January 2020 the BFI will bring it to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK with numerous special features including a newly recorded audio commentary, short films and interviews.
American judge Daniel Haywood (Spencer Tracy) presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of ‘legalising’ Nazi atrocities. As graphic accounts of sterilisation and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career.
Nominated for 11 Oscars, it won Best Actor (Maximilian Schell) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
BFI have released a clip in which Judy Garland takes to the stand in Stanley Kramer’s celebrated, all-star dramatisation of the post-war Nuremberg war crime trials…
· Presented in High Definition
· Newly recorded audio commentary by film historian Jim Hemphill
· The Guardian Interview: Maximilian Schell (1971, 86 mins, audio only): the actor in conversation
· A Tribute to Stanley Kramer (2004, 14 mins): a celebration of Stanley Kramer’s life and career, featuring interviews with screenwriter Abby Mann and Karen Sharpe, Kramer’s widow
· The Value of a Single Human Life (2004, 6 mins): screenwriter Abby Mann discusses his Oscar-winning screenplay
· In Conversation with Abby Mann and Maximilian Schell (2004, 20 mins): the actor and writer reminisce about Stanley Kramer and working on the film
· Resistance (2008, 13 mins): the story of a group of ‘defectives’ and their lives within the walls of an institution as part of the Nazi’s Aktion-T4 – a programme of mass murder through involuntary euthanasia
· Heredity in Man (1937, 14 mins): a chilling insight into the brave new world of pre-Holocaust eugenics
· These Are the Men (1943, 12 mins): Ministry of Information propaganda short featuring narration written by poet Dylan Thomas
· Man – One Family (1946, 17 mins): a propaganda short made for the Ministry of Information by Ivor Montagu at Ealing Studios
· Berlin Air-Lift The Story of a Great Achievement (1949, 11 mins)
· Image gallery
· Illustrated booklet (***first pressing only***) containing an essay and a biography of Stanley Kramer by historian Jennifer Frost, a message from William Shatner, notes on the special features and film credits
USA / 1961 / black and white / 179 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 1.66:1
Starring Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland.