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The Seventh Cross

Released 1944
Distributor MGM

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.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.