Anatole Litvak

Soviet Film Director
Born May 21, 1902

Anatole Litvak (May 10, 1902 – December 15, 1974) was a Ukrainian-born filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in various countries and languages. He was best known as the Academy Award nominated director of the 1948 film The Snake Pit.

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1902 Birth Born on May 21, 1902.


1925 23 Years Old For political and ideological reasons, and especially because Russian theaters were nationalized in the 1920s, he fled Russia for Berlin in 1925. … Read More


1936 34 Years Old As a result of having made Paris his home after fleeing Germany, the city would later become his favored locale for shooting films; thirteen of his thirty-seven films were set in Paris, including 1936's Mayerling. … Read More
1937 35 Years Old In 1937, Litvak became the third husband of American actress Miriam Hopkins; their short-lived marriage ended in divorce in 1939.
1939 37 Years Old Also with Warners, he directed Confessions of a Nazi Spy, a 1939 film starring Edward G. Robinson as an FBI agent who breaks up a Nazi spy ring. … Read More
1940 38 Years Old In 1940 he produced and directed All This and Heaven Too, starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer. … Read More
1941 39 Years Old Litvak became involved with helping the Soviet Union in August 1941, soon after it was invaded by Nazi Germany. … Read More


1942 40 Years Old …  Prelude to War won the Oscar for Best Documentary of 1942. … Read More
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During World War II, he enlisted and co-directed documentaries with Frank Capra, including Why We Fight films. His solo-directed, The Battle of Russia, in 1943, won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar. … Read More
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At the end of the war, Litvak returned to filmmaking and was nominated in 1948 for a Best Director Oscar for The Snake Pit (1948), starring Olivia de Havilland. … Read More
1951 49 Years Old In 1951, his war film, Decision Before Dawn, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. … Read More


1955 53 Years Old His second marriage was in 1955 to the model Sophie Steur. … Read More
1956 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He returned Swedish star Ingrid Bergman to popularity with American audiences in 1956 with Anastasia, which won her an Oscar. … Read More
1961 59 Years Old At the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, Litvak's Goodbye Again (also starring Ingrid Bergman) was nominated for the Palme d'Or. … Read More


1974 73 Years Old Anatole Litvak died in 1974 in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. … Read More
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