> So, here it is, the beginning of the fiscal year, and I
>now have money in my video budget and am ready to start
>buying! And I need suggestions! I know that there have been
I figure your collection must already have FURY (1936, Fritz
Lang), but I have to mention it because it may well be my favorite
trial-based movie: Spencer Tracy is wrongly accused of murder and then
seemingly burned alive. He escapes, though, and watches gleefully as
the townspeople are put on trial for his "murder."
Hmmm, as I check my 1990 edition of Maltin, I note that it might not be
available on videotape. Doggone it!
Also, for your students itching to do Lacanian, poststructuralist
analysis you'll want to be sure to have YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
(1939, John Ford) on hand--along with a copy of the CAHIERS DU CINEMA
"rescanning" of it. The film centers on Lincoln's pre-presidential
years and an apocryphal murder trial in which he defends two young men.
Oh yes, one last suggestion:
THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937, Leo McCarey) begins with a hilarious courtroom
scene involving a custody battle over a dog between the divorcing Irene
Dunne and Cary Grant.