Anatole Litvak
Soviet film director
Anatole Litvak
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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Mon passe-temps favori, c'est laisser passer le temps, avoir du temps, prendre ... - Montres-de-luxe.com
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Son œuvre compte aujourd'hui une trentaine de romans parmi lesquels on peut citer Aimez-vous Brahms..., publié en 1959 et porté à l'écran en 1963 par Anatole Litvak, Les merveilleux nuages (1973), Un orage immobile (1983), Les faux-fuyants (1991) ou
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Una desbordante y casi inabarcable 59 edición - Gara
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El maestro Terence Davies adapta un clásico teatral de Terence Rattigan en «The Deep Blue Sea», ya llevado a la pantalla por Anatole Litvak. Otro veterano ilustre, Arturo Ripstein, traslada a su universo mexicano a Gustave Flaubert en «Las razones del
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A Feast of Classic Films - Indie Wire (blog)
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I had such a good time I stuck around for the next film, Anatole Litvak's Decision Before Dawn. The turnout was small for these weekday matinees, compared to the 1400-1600 people who came to key evening shows, but they made up in enthusiasm what they
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Gindou donne coup de projecteur sur Nicolas Philibert - LaDépêche.fr
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Pour cette 26e carte blanche, La Cinémathèque de Toulouse a choisi de mettre à l'honneur des films réalisés en France dans les années trente par des cinéastes étrangers comme « Ariane, jeune fille russe » de Paul Czinner, « Mayerling » d'Anatole Litvak
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El cine de los veranos - levante.emv.com
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La otra es un drama psicológico, con enferma incluida, realizado por Anatole Litvak en 1948, con Olivia de Havilland y Leo Gen en los papeles estelares. En una reciente sobremesa, se hablaba de la vitalidad de los cines de verano
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Noir City: Chicago features 16 flicks that shed light on gritty genre - Chicago Sun-Times
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Also features Susan Hayward, Harry Carey and Frances Farmer. “Sorry, Wrong Number” (5:30, 9:45 pm Aug. 18): Barbara Stanwyck in a tour-de-force performance as a bedridden woman who accidentally hears a murder being planned. Directed by Anatole Litvak
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Interview: Alan K. Rode Brings 'Noir City' to Chicago's Music Box Theatre - HollywoodChicago.com
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Anatole Litvak's 1948 noir Sorry, Wrong Number screens August 18 at the Music Box. HollywoodChicago.com: Some film historians have speculated that the fascist depiction of Hume Cronyn's sinister prison guard in “Brute Force” reflected Hellinger's view
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Ann Dvorak Movie Schedule: THREE ON A MATCH, OUR VERY OWN, COLLEGE COACH - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Dir: Anatole Litvak. Cast: Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price. BW-97 mins. 2:00 AM I WAS AN AMERICAN SPY (1951) A war widow spies for the US in Japanese-occupied Manila. Dir: Lesley Selander. Cast: Ann Dvorak, Gene Evans, Douglas Kennedy
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Wer wagt den Schwenk auf die Kaiserburg? - Nordbayern.de
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Oder an „Entscheidung im Morgengrauen“ von Anatole Litvak? Und wem ist Hubert Pöhlmann noch im Gedächtnis, der Nürnberger Originale für merkwürdige Independent-Filme („Der Lokalpatriot“, „Der Eheberater“) an schöne Schauplätze setzte?
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Romans policiers Sébastien Japrisot - Télérama.fr
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... par Costa-Gavras dès 1964, Piège pour Cendrillon devient un film d'André Cayatte, avec dialogues de Jean Anouilh, en 1965, et La Dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil est porté à l'écran par le réalisateur américain Anatole Litvak en 1970
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Nido de víboras - Periodista Digital (blog)
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“Nido de víboras” (“nest of vipers”) además de ser así llamada una película de 1948 ,“The snake pit” (lit: “El hoyo de la serpiente”), del director ucraniano Anatole Litvak y protagonizada por Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm,
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Noc generałów - Południe
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Inaczej było czterdzieści pięć lat temu, gdy do naszego miasta zawitał światowej sławy reżyser Anatole Litvak, by zrealizować część zdjęć do swojego mrocznego kryminału – The Night of the Generals, czyli Noc generałów. Oparty na powieści Hansa Helmuta
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Japrisot : au plus près de l'écran - Le Figaro
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Japrisot enchaîne avec un nouveau roman policier, La Dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil, mis en scène par Anatole Litvak. Des scénarios originaux Adieu l'ami réalisé par Jean Herman (alias Jean Vautrin), La Course du lièvre à travers les
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Christopher Plummer "hated" leading man roles - Digital Spy
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"I started having a ball and working with much better directors - John Huston, for example, and Anatole Litvak from the old school. After Michael Mann's The Insider, then the scripts improved. I was upgraded! Since then, they've been first-class
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Still relishing the actor's life, Christopher Plummer, 81, stands out again in ... - The Canadian Press
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I started having a ball and working with much better directors — John Huston, for example, and Anatole Litvak from the old school. After Michael Mann's 'The Insider,' then the scripts improved. I was upgraded! Since then, they've been first-class
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The Woman Who Overthrew King Louis-Philippe (1830 - 1848) - OpEdNews
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All This and Heaven Too (1940), directed by Anatole Litvak, staring Charles Boyer and Bette Davis, aired this month on Turner Classic Movies. The movie, and Rachel Field's novel by the same name,
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Tévéműsor ajánló - Népszabadság
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Rendező: Anatole Litvak Szereplők: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins A Sagan-regényből készült filmben elképesztő színészi alakítások vannak. Én rég láttam, de nem tudom elfelejteni, ahogy Anthony Perkins szenvedélyes szerelme áthatja a
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That was the way we were - The Australian
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His first venture into Hollywood was rewriting the script for The Snake Pit at the request of director Anatole Litvak. Although much of what appeared on screen was his, the original writers tried to claim otherwise and he received no credit
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Arthur Laurents (1918 – 2011) - Pipoca Moderna
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Infeliz com o roteiro de “A Cova da Serpente” (1948), escrito por Frank Partos e Millen Brand, o diretor Anatole Litvak contratou Laurents para reescrevê-lo. Mas após o filme ficar pronto, os roteiristas originais disseram que a maioria das cenas
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anatole Litvak
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1974
    Age 71
    Anatole Litvak died in 1974 in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
    More Details Hide Details For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Litvak has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Blvd.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1961
    Age 58
    At the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, Litvak's Goodbye Again (also starring Ingrid Bergman) was nominated for the Palme d'Or.
    More Details Hide Details Before he retired, Litvak did two more films: The Night of the Generals, a movie about three Nazi Generals suspected of murder, starring Peter O'Toole and Donald Pleasence. Litvak said about the film's subdued tones, "We tried staying away from color as much as we could; color can be bad, particularly with the war; it takes away from reality in the most horrible way." In France and Poland, he later filmed The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun.
  • 1956
    Age 53
    Among his productions there was the Paris-filmed Anastasia in 1956, starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes.
    More Details Hide Details The film was Bergman's first U.S. film after a seven-year absence from Hollywood, which she left after her scandalous affair with director Roberto Rossellini became news. The studio, Twentieth Century Fox, conducted a poll and found that the public still had negative feelings toward Bergman. Litvak, however, felt she would be an excellent actress for the part and insisted on her starring in the film. Bergman won an Oscar for Best Actress for her part, and film critic Michael Barson calls it Litvak's best film of the 1950s.
    He returned Swedish star Ingrid Bergman to popularity with American audiences in 1956 with Anastasia, which won her an Oscar.
    More Details Hide Details He directed Olivia de Havilland to an Academy Award for The Snake Pit in 1948. He also directed Jean Gabin in his screen debut, and directed Elia Kazan in his earliest acting role, City for Conquest. Litvak directed Confessions of a Nazi Spy in 1939 starring Edward G. Robinson, which used actual newsreel footage from U.S. Nazi rallies. As a refugee from Nazi Germany, Litvak was among the few directors who tried to open Hollywood's eyes to the threat Germany posed to Europe and the world.
  • 1955
    Age 52
    His second marriage was in 1955 to the model Sophie Steur.
    More Details Hide Details They remained married until his death.
  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 48
    In 1951, his war film, Decision Before Dawn, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
    More Details Hide Details Thousands of French admirers of the film signed a huge scroll which they sent to AMPAS, insisting that the film be given an Oscar. It was Oskar Werner's first acting role in an American film. After the mid-1950s, Litvak began filming in Europe.
  • 1948
    Age 45
    Also in 1948, Litvak directed Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster in a noir thriller, Sorry, Wrong Number, a role which film historian James Robert Parish says is Stanwyck's "greatest screen triumph."
    More Details Hide Details Litvak directed using a "variety of surrealistic and expressionistic devices," notes Film Noir magazine. "Litvak isn't afraid to use close-ups either. And his players not only stand up to this relentless probing but offer some of the greatest performances of their lives."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was also nominated for Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Musical Score. To prepare for her role as a mental hospital patient, she and Litvak spent months observing actual patients at mental hospitals. Litvak had purchased the pre-publication rights to the story which is based on a fictionalized autobiography.
  • 1943
    Age 40
    Litvak co-produced and alone directed, The Battle of Russia, in 1943.
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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.
    More Details Hide Details Because of Litvak's ability to speak Russian, German, and French, he supervised the filming of the D-Day Normandy landings. He also filmed aerial warfare with the U.S. Eighth Air Force. For his volunteer wartime efforts, he ended the war as a full colonel, receiving special awards from the governments of France, Britain, and the United States. Born Mikhail Anatol Litvak in Kiev, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire, Litvak grew up in a Lithuanian Jewish family. As a teenager, he worked at a theater in St. Petersburg and took acting lessons at the state drama school. Litvak worked with Leningrad's Nordkino Studios where he was assistant director for nine silent films.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 39
    Prelude to War won the Oscar for Best Documentary of 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Because of Litvak's ability to speak Russian, German, and French, he subsequently supervised the filming of the D-Day Normandy landings. He also filmed aerial warfare with the U.S. Eighth Air Force. Because Litvak joined the army to help him produce the film series, Capra called him one of the "Hollywood knights" who came to America's "rescue," and without whose help "no one could have made the Why We Fight films." Ending the war as a full colonel, he received special awards from the governments of France, Britain, and the United States. The French government awarded him the Légion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. The British government awarded him with a gold medal, ribbon, and citation as an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire. By an order from Winston Churchill, all the films in the Why We Fight series were to be shown in all public theaters throughout Britain. From the U.S. he received the United States Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star Medal.
  • 1941
    Age 38
    Litvak became involved with helping the Soviet Union in August 1941, soon after it was invaded by Nazi Germany.
    More Details Hide Details He was treasurer of the Russian War Relief Association, which sponsored international radio benefits with stars such as Edward G. Robinson and Ronald Colman.
  • 1940
    Age 37
    In 1940 he produced and directed All This and Heaven Too, starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer.
    More Details Hide Details The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture. That same year he co-produced and directed City for Conquest, starring James Cagney and supporting actor Elia Kazan, in one of his few film roles before becoming a leading director. The Hollywood Reporter gave Litvak's directing special praise: Litvak, having by then become an American citizen, enlisted in the United States Army at the beginning World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He joined with fellow director Frank Capra to make the Why We Fight war training film series, most of which also included actual newsreel footage. Films they co-directed for the series included Prelude to War (1942), The Nazis Strike (1943), and Battle of China (1944). Capra was in charge of production for all the films.
  • 1939
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Among the techniques he used in the film to achieve realism was the inclusion of actual newsreel footage from U.S. Nazi rallies. While the story was fictional, the espionage methods that it exposed were considered factual and real, which led to the film being considered the "strongest and most thrilling dramatic movie" that had ever been put on screen. However, the film was banned in Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as neutral countries such as Switzerland and Ireland. As a refugee from Nazi Germany, Litvak tried to open Hollywood's eyes to the threat Germany posed to Europe and the world, explains biographer Alexander Walker. Actress Vivien Leigh, who would star in Litvak's The Deep Blue Sea (1955), recalls her Sunday morning visits to Litvak and his wife, Miriam Hopkins, where she would learn from him about the studios' efforts to protect their investments in German box-office. Hollywood's "comfortable isolationism affronted her."
  • 1937
    Age 34
    In 1937, Litvak became the third husband of American actress Miriam Hopkins; their short-lived marriage ended in divorce in 1939.
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  • 1936
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Max Ophüls, who worked as Litvak's assistant in France, would later become a recognized director. Mayerling, which starred Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux, is credited with establishing Litvak's international reputation as a producer and director, with the film widely praised by critics Some reviewers called it "one of the most compelling love stories the cinema has produced," and "a romantic tragedy of the highest order." American writer Lincoln Kirstein claimed the film became "a kind of standard for the romantic film in an historical setting." In describing Litvak's cinematography style in the film, critic Jack Edmund Nolan writes that it is "replete with the camera trackings, pans and swoops, techniques which later became the trademark of Max Ophuls." The worldwide success of Mayerling brought Litvak invitations from Hollywood, including being offered a four-year contract by Warner Brothers. Accepting the contract, Litvak became one of Hollywood's leading directors by the late 1930s. He directed such films as Tovarich, a comedy celebrating "outmoded values of the ruined Russian aristocracy."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 22
    For political and ideological reasons, and especially because Russian theaters were nationalized in the 1920s, he fled Russia for Berlin in 1925.
    More Details Hide Details In Germany, Litvak made his first few films at the beginning of the 1930s before the rise of the Nazis. He later fled to France prior to the Nazi invasions of World War II. According to film historian Ronald Bowers, Litvak became skilled in using location shooting and realistic documentary effects as early as the 1930s. He also became known in the industry for emphasizing sound effects over dialogue in sound films as well as preferring to keep the camera running with tracking shots and pans. His preference for achieving motion in camerawork often saw him using crane shots, where he sat up there with the cameraman.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Born on May 21, 1902.
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