Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
Cerebral, detailed and incredibly nuanced study of the closing stages of the Nuremberg process, in which four judges stand trial for crimes against humanity after adhering to Nazi law during WWII. At three hours, the film is more than above averagely conscientious in its task; like the trial itself, director Stanley Kramer makes sure every point of view is considered in his daunting scrutiny. Amazingly though, the film remains pertinent and highly watchable throughout. Kramer uses his all-star cast to secure a remarkably high entertainment-value with a skillful balancing of sentimentality and objectivity. Spencer Tracy's laconic, trusted lead performance is well accompanied by explosive work from Maximilian Schell and Montgomery Clift in a film with a perspective which suggest a far newer production date.