Along with “Laura,” “Anatomy of a Murder” has long been one of Otto Preminger’s most frequently revived films, perhaps because its confidently naturalistic style (unlike, to chose a random example, “Skidoo!”) requires no adjustment from the casual viewer. Yet, as Criterion’s excellent new Blu-ray edition of “Murder” makes clear, it is among Preminger’s most subversive works, a film that lovingly documents the American legal system while suggesting that truth will always remain elusive and justice a remote ideal. The enigma at its core anticipates the self-conscious modernism of Michelanglo Antonioni’s “L’Avventura” by a year. I give it another look in this week’s New York Times column, along with another interesting revelation, “La Visita,” from the neglected Italian director Antonio Pietrangeli (“Adua and Her Friends”).
Above is the Polish poster for “Anatomy,” courtesy of Heritage Auctions — the only paper for the film I could find that didn’t use the famous Saul Bass design.