Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz

Naturally it would not be fair for Michael Curtiz Productions Inc. to assume all of these charges. I leave it to your judgment to set a story price against Michael Curtiz Productions, Inc., dated May 4, 1948, at which time I assumed the ...

Author: Alan K. Rode

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813173979

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 712

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Academy Award--winning director Michael Curtiz (1886--1962) -- whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954) -- was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director's remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz

The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz

... 140 Jacobs, Lea, 237–238, 250 Jacoby, Michael, 272 Jagger, Dean, 176, 228 Jailhouse Rock (1957, Richard Thorpe), ... Michael Curtiz), 12, 41–43, 46–49, 51,53 Jesus of Nazareth, 31, 136, 166 Jimmy the Gent (1934, Michael Curtiz), ...

Author: R. Barton Palmer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477315576

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 348

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Hollywood—Casablanca , Yankee Doodle Dandy , The Sea Hawk , White Christmas, and Mildred Pierce, to name only a few. The most prolific and consistently successful Hollywood generalist with an all-embracing interest in different forms of narrative and spectacle, Curtiz made around a hundred films in an astonishing range of genres: action, biopics, melodramas/film noir, musicals, and westerns. But his important contributions to the history of American film have been overlooked because his broadly varied oeuvre does not present the unified vision of filmmaking that canonical criticism demands for the category of “auteur.” Exploring his films and artistic practice from a variety of angles, including politics, gender, and genre, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz sheds new light on this underappreciated cinematic genius. Leading film studies scholars offer fresh appraisals of many of Curtiz’s most popular films, while also paying attention to neglected releases of substantial historical interest, such as Noah’s Ark , Night and Day, Virginia City, Black Fury, Mystery of the Wax Museum, and Female. Because Curtiz worked for so long and in so many genres, this analysis of his work becomes more than an author study of a notable director. Instead, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz effectively adds a major chapter to the history of Hollywood’s studio era, including its internationalism and the significant contributions of European émigrés.
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The American Films of Michael Curtiz

The American Films of Michael Curtiz

Captain Blood stands as one of Michael Curtiz's finest accomplishments . The director keeps the two - hour feature moving at a brisk pace . Despite the extensive use of miniatures and great chunks of stock footage worked in from the ...

Author: Roy Kinnard

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015011056374

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 155

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Casablanca and Other Major Films of Michael Curtiz

Casablanca and Other Major Films of Michael Curtiz

In preparing this study of Michael Curtiz's films , I was given assistance by many people , and I'm happy to have the chance to thank them now . Perhaps the most difficult aspect of writing film criticism is getting to see the films .

Author: Sidney Rosenzweig

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015002283094

Category: Motion picture producers and directors

Page: 217

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Categories: Motion picture producers and directors

Michael Curtiz Raoul Walsh Henry Hathaway

Michael Curtiz  Raoul Walsh  Henry Hathaway

Milestone's control of dialogue and performances set a new “ house standard ” for Warner Brothers ( cf. the similar pace , dialogue and acting style in Michael Curtiz's Jimmy the Gent , made in 1934 ) and also sparked off a cycle of ...

Author: Kingsley Canham

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015003841395

Category: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Page: 200

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Categories: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

... Curtiz scholar; Tibor Frank; Robert Gurbo, curator of the estate of Andre Kertesz; Gabor Gyapai, the Lutheran Gymnasium, Budapest; Vera Gyuri; Istvan Hargittai; Imre Kertesz; Karoly Kincses; David Korda; Michael Korda; ...

Author: Kati Marton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743261159

Category: History

Page: 271

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Traces the early twentieth century journey of nine prominent men from Budapest who fled fascism to seek sanctuary in America, where they made pivotal contributions to science, film, and photojournalism.
Categories: History

The Women of Warner Brothers

The Women of Warner Brothers

The Adventures of Robin Hood ( Warner Bros. , 1938 ) Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley . Cast : Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , Basil Rathbone , Claude Rains , Patric Knowles , Alan Hale , Ian Hunter .

Author: Daniel Bubbeo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786411376

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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The lives and careers of Warner Brothers' screen legends Joan Blondell, Nancy Coleman, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, Ruby Keeler, Andrea King, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, and Jane Wyman are the topic of this book. Some achieved great success in film and other areas of show business, but others failed to get the breaks or became victims of the studio system's sometimes unpleasant brand of politics. The personal and professional obstacles that each actress encountered are here set out in detail, often with comments from the actresses who granted interviews with the author and from those people who knew them best on and off the movie set. A filmography is included for each of the fifteen.
Categories: Performing Arts

Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz

In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures.

Author: Alan K. Rode

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813173914

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 704

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Academy Award--winning director Michael Curtiz (1886--1962) -- whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954) -- was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director's remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.
Categories: Performing Arts

Fifty Hollywood Directors

Fifty Hollywood Directors

What is certain is that “directed by Michael Curtiz” summons up many Hollywood classics filled with indelible images and performances that became still recognizable précis of their actors' star personae. Casablanca is their pinnacle, ...

Author: Suzanne Leonard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317593942

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 406

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Fifty Hollywood Directors introduces the most important, iconic and influential filmmakers who worked in Hollywood between the end of the silent period and the birth of the blockbuster. By exploring the historical, cultural and technological contexts in which each director was working, this book traces the formative period in commercial cinema when directors went from pioneers to industry heavyweights. Each entry discusses a director’s practices and body of work and features a brief biography and suggestions for further reading. Entries include: Frank Capra Cecil B DeMille John Ford Alfred Hitchcock Fritz Lang Orson Welles DW Griffith King Vidor This is an indispensible guide for anyone interested in film history, Hollywood and the development of the role of the director.
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A Dictionary of Cinema Quotations from Filmmakers and Critics

A Dictionary of Cinema Quotations from Filmmakers and Critics

Michael Curtiz Director's common malapropism on the set, as cited in Bette and Joan —The Divine Feud, ¡989 1312. Don't do it the way I showed you, do it the way I mean. Michael Curtiz, Director To Joan Crawford, as cited in Bette and ...

Author: Stephen M. Ringler

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786450701

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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“The cinema isn’t a slice of life, it’s a slice of cake”—Alfred Hitchcock. “If you make a popular movie, you start to think where have I failed?”—Woody Allen. “A film is the world in an hour and a half”—Jean-Luc Godard. “I think you have to be slightly psychopathic to make movies”—David Cronenberg. This compendium contains more than 3,400 quotations from filmmakers and critics discussing their craft. About 1,850 film people are included—Buñuel, Capra, Chaplin, Disney, Fellini, Fitzgerald, Griffith, Kael, Kurasawa, Pathé, Sarris, Schwarzenegger, Spielberg, Waters and Welles among them. The quotations are arranged under 31 topics such as acting, animation, audience, budget, casting, critics, costume design, directing, locations, reviews, screenwriting, special effects and stardom. Indexing by filmmakers (or critics), by film titles and by narrow subjects provides a rich array of points of access.
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