Anatole Litvak, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Anatole Litvak

Soviet film director

Date of Birth: 21-May-1902

Place of Birth: Kiev, Ukraine

Date of Death: 15-Dec-1974

Profession: screenwriter, stage actor, film director, film producer, film actor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Anatole Litvak

  • Anatole Litvak (Russian: ?????´?? ?????´?; May 21, 1902 – December 15, 1974) was a Ukrainian-born, Lithuanian-American filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in various countries and languages.
  • He began his theatrical training at age 13 in Petrograd. Litvak was notable for directing little-known foreign actors to early fame, often winning them Academy Awards.
  • In 1936 he directed Mayerling, a film which made Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux international stars.
  • He returned Swedish star Ingrid Bergman to popularity with American audiences in 1956 with Anastasia, which won her an Oscar.
  • He directed Olivia de Havilland to an Academy Award nomination for The Snake Pit in 1948.
  • He also directed Jean Gabin in his screen debut, and directed Elia Kazan in his earliest acting role, City for Conquest. Litvak directed Confessions of a Nazi Spy in 1939 starring Edward G.
  • Robinson, which used actual newsreel footage from U.S.
  • Nazi rallies.
  • As a refugee from Nazi Germany, Litvak was among the few directors who tried to open Hollywood's eyes to the threat Germany posed to Europe and the world. During World War II, he enlisted and co-directed documentaries with Frank Capra, including Why We Fight films.
  • His solo-directed, The Battle of Russia, in 1943, won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar.
  • Because of Litvak's ability to speak Russian, German, and French, he supervised the filming of the D-Day Normandy landings.
  • He also filmed aerial warfare with the U.S.
  • Eighth Air Force.
  • For his volunteer wartime efforts, he ended the war as a full colonel, receiving special awards from the governments of France, Britain, and the United States.

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