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 was once two times nominated for top Director through the Academy of movie paintings and Sciences for The Snake Pit (1948) and for Decision earlier than Dawn (1951). those films—along with Mayerling (1936), Sorry, fallacious Number (1946) and Anastasia (1956)—are thought of classics, yet his photographs don’t supply many clues approximately Litvak the guy. except passing references to his wartime carrier as strive against documentarian, he by no means mentioned his lifestyles in print, permitting purely short interviews bearing on completely to his work.
This biography fills that void, delivering the 1st exact 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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Anatole Litvak: The Life and Films by Michelangelo Capua