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Otto Preminger Collection

Producer-director Otto Preminger, bottom right, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak during rehearsal on the set during production of “The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955).

Austro-Hungarian born Otto Preminger came to the United States in the 1930s and directed more than 35 feature films over the course of his career. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award® for Best Director, for "Laura" (1944) and "The Cardinal" (1963). Preminger's daughter, Victoria, deposited his collection in 2006, and the Archive has preserved several of his films including, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950), "The Moon is Blue" (1953), "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955), "Advise & Consent" (1961), and "The Cardinal" (1963). All but one of those preservation projects were made possible by utilizing elements from the collection. Since 2006, the Archive has housed over 400 items in the Preminger Collection, which is a mix of film and videotape that contains many production elements, including interviews with people like Jimmy Stewart, Patricia Neal and Saul Bass which were conducted for the production of "Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker" (1991).

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