King Vidor
Director, producer, screenwriter
King Vidor
King Wallis Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter whose career spanned nearly seven decades. In 1979 he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his "incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator. " He was nominated five times for a Best Director Oscar, and won eight international film awards during his career.
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Clásicos del 'western' se apoderan de la Cineteca Nacional - La Jornada en linea
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Además de éstos, la muestra incluye en la programación el filme crepuscular de Sam Peckinpah, Tráiganme la cabeza de Alfredo García (México-Estados Unidos, 1974), Duelo al sol (Estados Unidos, 1946), de King Vidor, una de las películas más costosas de
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Sun Valley's War: Home for wounded vets came to aid of struggling resort town - Twin Falls Times-News
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Celebrities Claudette Colbert, King Vidor, Cholly Knickerbocher, Van Johnson, Henry Ford II, Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Norma Shearer and her ski-instructor husband Marty Arrouge, were scheduled to arrive. But their plane made a forced landing near
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A run through history - Daily News - Galveston County
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With a 7 pm start, participants still will have plenty of daylight for seeing the sights along the route, including landmarks such as the Trube Castle, the Sonnethiel House and the King Vidor House, before returning to the start/finish line in front of
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The Inevitability of One's Own, Or What It Means to Be BOI - First Things (blog)
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After all, Galveston is the hometown of the great filmmaker King Vidor of “The Crowd” fame, amongst many other famous persons. “The Crowd.” In spite of it, one seeks one's own. And some people may think Galveston is a dump—as only its true hometown
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La Boheme - Indie Wire (blog)
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Unless your heart is made of stone, some 85 years after she and King Vidor did the movie, you'll still need plenty of Kleenex. Rodolphe is played by dashing John Gilbert, who was then the biggest male star in pictures, and who had also just inherited
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“Life in a Day,” “The Troll Hunter,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” Among Films At ... - We Are Movie Geeks
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A look at the life of the renowned cameraman behind such classics as “John Huston's “The African Queen” and King Vidor's “War and Peace.” 4:30 pm “Bombay Beach” by Alma Har'el. This documentary reveals three lives teetering on the brink of the American
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Ralph Bellamy Movie Schedule: THE WOLF MAN, THE PROFESSIONALS, CAREFREE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Dir: King Vidor. Cast: Gary Cooper, Anna Sten, Ralph Bellamy. BW-83 mins. 1:15 PM LET US LIVE (1939) Two wrongly convicted men are sentenced to death. Dir: John Brahm. Cast: Maureen O'Sullivan, Henry Fonda, Ralph Bellamy. BW-68 mins
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Patricia Neal's Heart - National Catholic Register
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A year later, director King Vidor introduced her to Gary Cooper when she was testing for The Fountainhead, and, after filming wrapped, she began a legendary affair with her married co-star. “When the young doctor took my virginity and made me a bad
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MEDIA: NFL Films auteur Ed Sabol has his worthy claim to Fame - Los Angeles Daily News
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David Plaut, a longtime producer for NFL Films, added that Ed Sabol "saw the cinematic devices that (director) King Vidor displayed in that film, especially the mountain-climbing scene where there were the shots of their hands bleeding through the
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Jane Long a significant figure in Texas history - Houston Chronicle
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She appeared in Texas filmmaker King Vidor's first two-reel film, "In Tow," as well as in a documentary on the sugar industry. In 1915 she and Vidor were married and traveled to California in hopes of employment in the expanding film industry
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Kevin Brownlow: a life in the movies - The Guardian
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Among the royalty of old Hollywood he met (and in many cases became friendly with) Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Fay Wray, John Ford, King Vidor, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, David O Selznick and Fritz Lang
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Theater Listings July 22 — 28 - New York Times
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Best known through King Vidor's silent screen version, which starred Marion Davies and Marie Dressler, this play about a social-climbing family in pre-Depression America has been adapted as a single-performer vehicle to showcase the protean gifts of
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Academy Silents Series Draws Crowds - Indie Wire (blog)
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Brownlow will be the Academy's special guest when he introduces King Vidor's The Big Parade starring Jack Gilbert on Monday, July 18 and Buster Keaton's The General on Wednesday, July 20. Both films will be shown with a recorded stereo orchestral score
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Fan in delirio al GFF per il trio Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo, al Festival anche ... - Salernonotizie.it
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... a Dino che ha lavorato con maestri del grande schermo come Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Luigi Comencini, Giuseppe De Santis, David Lynch, Michael Cimino, David Cronenberg, John Huston, King Vidor, Sidney Lumet
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El comunismo soviético visto por Hollywood - DeCine 21 (blog)
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Ayer estuve viendo Camarada X, una divertida comedia dirigida por King Vidor en 1940, una sátira contra el comunismo soviético, en la línea de Ninotchka, que Ernst Lubitsch rodó el año anterior. No en vano el film de Vidor -editado recientemente en DVD
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Outlaws: Billy the Kid and Whitey Bulger - Irish Central
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In the 1930s and 1940s, King Vidor, Wallace Beery, Roy Rogers, Buster Crabbe and Howard Hughes were among the actors and directors who made films about Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Paul Newman, Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer and Emilio Estevez (son
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The Big Parade and The General Arrive at Academy's Summer of Silents 7/18 - Broadway World
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"The Big Parade," directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert, is the tale of a young soldier's experiences during World War I. The movie is one of the highest-grossing silent films of all time. A newly restored 35mm tinted print from Warner Bros
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of King Vidor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 88
    Vidor died at age 88 of a heart ailment at his ranch in Paso Robles, California, on November 1, 1982.
    More Details Hide Details His remains were cremated and scattered on the ranch property.
  • 1979
    Age 85
    At the 11th Moscow International Film Festival in 1979, he was awarded with the Honorable Prize for the contribution to cinema.
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    He was nominated five times for an Oscar but never won in direct competition; he received an honorary award in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1967, Vidor researched the unsolved 1922 murder of fellow director William Desmond Taylor for a possible screenplay. Vidor never published or wrote of this research during his lifetime, but biographer Sidney D. Kirkpatrick posthumously examined Vidor's notes. He alleged in his 1986 book A Cast of Killers that Vidor had solved the sensational crime but kept his conclusions private to protect individuals still living at the time. The widely cited newsletter Taylorology later noted over 100 factual errors in Cast of Killers and strongly disputes Kirkpatrick's conclusions, but credits the book with renewing popular interest in the crime. In 1944, Vidor joined the anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. Vidor published his autobiography, A Tree is a Tree, in 1953. This book's title is inspired by an incident early in Vidor's Hollywood career. Vidor wanted to film a movie in the locations where its story was set, a decision which would have greatly added to the film's production budget. A budget-minded producer told him, "A rock is a rock. A tree is a tree. Shoot it in Griffith Park" (a nearby public space which was frequently used for film exterior shots).
    In 1979, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his "incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator."
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated five times for a Best Director Oscar, and won eight international film awards during his career. Vidor's best known films include The Big Parade (1925), The Crowd (1928), Stella Dallas (1937), and Duel in the Sun (1946). (He is not related to fellow director Charles Vidor)
  • 1969
    Age 75
    In 1969 he was a member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Vidor was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest career as a film director: beginning in 1913 with Hurricane in Galveston and ending in 1980 with The Metaphor, a 36-minute documentary featuring the painter Andrew Wyeth.
  • 1962
    Age 68
    In 1962 he was head of the jury at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1928
    Age 34
    In 1928, Vidor received his first Oscar nomination, for The Crowd, widely regarded as his masterpiece and one of the greatest American silent films.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he made the classic Show People, a comedy about the film industry starring Marion Davies (in which Vidor had a cameo as himself), and his much-loved screwball comedy The Patsy, which also starred Davies and was his last silent film. Vidor's first sound film was Hallelujah!, a groundbreaking film featuring an African-American cast. He had no difficulty adjusting to sound and he continued making feature films until the late 1950s. Some of his better known sound films include Stella Dallas, Our Daily Bread, The Citadel, Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead, and War and Peace. He directed the Kansas sequences in The Wizard of Oz (including "Over the Rainbow" and the twister) when director Victor Fleming had to replace George Cukor on Gone with the Wind, but did not receive screen credit.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1915
    Age 21
    In Hollywood from 1915, he worked as a screenwriter and as director of a series of six short juvenile-delinquency films for Judge Willis Brown before directing his first feature, The Turn in the Road, in 1919.
    More Details Hide Details A successful mounting of Peg o' My Heart in 1922 won him a long-term contract with Goldwyn Studios (later to be absorbed into MGM). Three years later he made The Big Parade, among the most acclaimed war films of the silent era, and a tremendous commercial success. This success established him as one of MGM's top studio directors for the next decade.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 19
    A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, Vidor made his debut as a director in 1913 with The Grand Military Parade.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1900
    Age 6
    Vidor ("vee-dor") was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
    More Details Hide Details Based on that experience, he published a fictionalized account of that cyclone, titled "Southern Storm", for the May 1935 issue of Esquire magazine. Erik Larson excerpts a passage from that article in his 2005 book, Isaac's Storm: His grandfather, Károly (Charles) Vidor, was a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, who settled in Galveston in the early 1850s.
  • 1894
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1894.
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