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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on World War II Drama 'The Seventh Cross,' Starring Spencer Tracy

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood March 11, 2013 at 9:10AM

Spencer Tracy Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Fred Zinnemann's "The Seventh Cross," starring Tracy as a concentration camp escapee.
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Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross"
Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross"

Spencer Tracy Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Fred Zinnemann's "The Seventh Cross," starring Tracy as a concentration camp escapee.

Vienna-born Fred Zinnemann's first major MGM directorial assignment is an uncommonly intelligent and well researched  anti-Nazi film. Spencer Tracy plays an embittered escapee from a  concentration camp whose faith in humanity is restored when others help him reach the Dutch border. Adding authenticity is the unbilled presence in the cast of several actual German refugees, including the wives of Bertolt Brecht and Max Reinhardt.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.