Anatomy of a Murder, one of the greatest and perhaps least known film noirs ever made. Released in 1959, directed by the ground-breaking Otto Preminger and starring Hollywood big shots like James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, and George C. Scott this film defied cultural norms of the time. The riveting courtroom crime drama awakened an unknown hunger in the American movie goer. It brought to the silver screen the crudeness of an actual crime scene. Everything from the wardrobe to the language had audiences everywhere gripping their seats.
The film begins in a small Michigan town, nothing unusual about that. There are not many element surprises, in that the majority of the plot unfolds inside the courtroom. For me, the best thing about this film was the lighting.