I forgot to mention the great director/producer of Judgement of Nuremburg last time. Stanley Kramer is in fact another great director and producer that began his career in the early 140s.

Born in 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, Kramer had connections early on with Hollywood. His uncle worked at Universal Pictures and later worked as an agent. Kramer’s mother also worked for Paramount Pictures.

His first venture into Hollywood was when he won an writing contest that gained him a paid internship with 20th Century Fox. He also gained valuable experience serving in the US Army Signal Corps. He was assigned to make training videos while stateside.

Shortly after the war, he started his own production company, releasing his first film in 1948.

Kramer’s film are widely recognized as carrying messages within the scripts.

Steven Speilberg once said that Kramer was “one of our great filmmakers, not just for the art and passion he put on screen, but for the impact he has made on the conscience of the world.”

With such films as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Wild One, Kramer had the opportunity to work with many of the greatest film stars of the time period.

Kramer directed 14 different actors to Oscar nominations (Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Spencer Tracy, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Oskar Werner, Michael Dunn, Simone Signoret, Katherine Hepburn, Cecil Kellaway, and Beah Richards). Schell and Hepburn won Oscars for their performances.

Kramer was nominated 9 times for an Oscar but never won himself.

I would definately recommend several of Kramer’s films (such as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), and I am looking forward to watching others that I have not seen yet.

Happy watching!

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