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What's your favorite film by Stanley Kramer?

haven't seen any
6 (27.3%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
Not as a Stranger
0 (0%)
The Pride and the Passion
0 (0%)
The Defiant Ones
3 (13.6%)
On the Beach
0 (0%)
Inherit the Wind
5 (22.7%)
Judgment at Nuremberg
4 (18.2%)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
2 (9.1%)
Ship of Fools
0 (0%)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
2 (9.1%)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria
0 (0%)
R.P.M.
0 (0%)
Bless the Beasts & Children
0 (0%)
Oklahoma Crude
0 (0%)
The Domino Principle
0 (0%)
The Runner Stumbles
0 (0%)

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Kramer, Stanley
« on: June 20, 2011, 03:45:44 PM »
1. Inherit the Wind
2. Judgment at Nuremberg
3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
« Last Edit: April 13, 2022, 12:53:27 AM by 1SO »

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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 03:53:16 PM »
1. Judgement at Nuremberg
2. Inherit the Wind

3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 05:40:11 PM »
Only seen Judgment At Nuremburg, it was great.

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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 11:04:57 PM »
1. Inherit the Wind
2. Judgment at Nuremberg
3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
4. The Defiant Ones



5. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

The first 4 are blatantly heavy-handed issues films but I enjoyed them all.

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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011, 03:54:15 PM »
Like both
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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but the former wins because for its embrace of kookiness.

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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011, 07:02:00 AM »
The Defiant Ones, but the fun of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World almost won over.

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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 11:14:44 AM »
Inherit the Wind
Judgment at Nuremberg
The Defiant Ones


On the Beach
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner


It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Bless the Beasts & Children
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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 11:58:43 AM »
Inherit the Wind: 9/10
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: 7/10
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: 4/10
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Re: Kramer, Stanley
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2015, 12:14:50 AM »
1. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
2. Judgment at Nuremberg
3. Inherit the Wind
4. On the Beach

5. Secret of Santa Vittoria
6. Not as a Stranger
7. Ship of Fools
8. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
9. The Pride and the Passion

10. The Defiant Ones
11. Oklahoma Crude
12. The Runner Stumbles
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Re: Kramer, Stanley - Director's Best
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2015, 12:32:22 AM »
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
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I'm not a fan of directors trying to recapture the magic of silent slapstick. I've only seen it work in What's Up Doc? The results usually just look like a giant waste of talent and money. A perfect example is Steven Spielberg's 1941. I avoided Mad Mad World for years because it looked like the same. There's even a similar bit involving shelves of paint cans falling to the ground. Destruction for its own sake, misses the humanity of the silent masters.

Though directed by a filmmaker never known for having a sense of humor and aimed frequently at a pitch between loud and shrill, the celebrity parade did provide a fair amount of entertainment value. My favorite obscure cameo is Charles Lane, 20 years past his unavoidable appearances and still playing a jerk. I also have to admit a large amount of laughs came from the usually obnoxious Phil Silvers.

For a long movie, the pace is excellent. (Like Love Exposure it is to our benefit that this has been cut down from a much longer original length.) Most of the slapstick doesn't work, but sequences aren't built around them so the thud doesn't linger. The ending is a major exception. The fire ladder in the last 10 minutes was exactly what I feared the entire film would be. I also hated Dick Shawn's proto-hippie looney, though the worst appearance in the film is eye-candy/dancer Barrie Chase, whose presence here is as welcome as a stripper at a family reunion.

 

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