When: Sat., May 9, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Based on the best-selling novel by Robert Traver (the pseudonym for Michigan Supreme Court justice John D. Voelker), "Anatomy of a Murder" stars James Stewart as seat-of-the-pants Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler. Through the intervention of his alcoholic mentor, Parnell McCarthy (Arthur O'Connell), Biegler accepts the case of one Lt. Manion (Ben Gazzara), an unlovable lout who has murdered a local bar owner. Manion admits that he committed the crime, citing as his motive the victim's rape of the alluring Mrs. Manion (Lee Remick). Faced with the formidable opposition of big-city prosecutor Claude Dancer (George C. Scott), Biegler hopes to win freedom for his client by using as his defense the argument of "irresistible impulse." Director Otto Preminger's progressive sensibilities are evident not only on screen, but on the film's soundtrack, scored by Duke Ellington, when jazz scores were still a rarity in Hollywood. 161 minutes, Not Rated. The special guest at the screening will be Larry Strayhorn, whose uncle, Billy Strayhorn, was Duke Ellington's principal musical collaborator.