By Michelangelo Capua
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 and so forth. He used to be two times nominated for top Director by way of the Academy of movie paintings and Sciences for The Snake Pit (1948) and for Decision prior to Dawn (1951). those films—along with Mayerling (1936), Sorry, mistaken Number (1946) and Anastasia (1956)—are thought of classics, yet his photos don’t provide many clues approximately Litvak the guy. except passing references to his wartime carrier as wrestle documentarian, he by no means mentioned his lifestyles in print, permitting in simple terms short interviews referring to solely to his work.
This biography fills that void, offering the 1st certain portrait of an artist defined via movie historian Richard Schickel as “an adept, adaptable and prolific guy; the type of director that Hollywood likes best.”
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