Anatole Litvak: The Life and Films by Michelangelo Capua

By Michelangelo Capua

in the course of his 40-year profession, director-producer Anatole Litvak (1902–1974) made movies of all genres in Russia, Germany, England, France and the us. His rootless history was once stated by way of critics lamenting his loss of constant variety, however it additionally additional to his mystique as a chameleon-like réalisateur.
Litvak directed Hollywood greats like Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield, Kirk Douglas, Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh, Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Olivia de Havilland, Yul Brynner, Burt Lancaster, Barbara Stanwick etc. He was once two times nominated for most sensible Director via the Academy of movie artwork and Sciences for The Snake Pit (1948) and for Decision ahead of Dawn (1951). those films—along with Mayerling (1936), Sorry, mistaken Number (1946) and Anastasia (1956)—are thought of classics, yet his images don’t supply many clues approximately Litvak the guy. except passing references to his wartime provider as wrestle documentarian, he by no means mentioned his existence in print, permitting basically short interviews pertaining to solely to his work.
This biography fills that void, offering the 1st distinctive portrait of an artist defined through movie historian Richard Schickel as “an adept, adaptable and prolific guy; the type of director that Hollywood likes best.”

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