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 most sensible Director by way of the Academy of movie artwork and Sciences for The Snake Pit (1948) and for Decision earlier than Dawn (1951). those films—along with Mayerling (1936), Sorry, improper Number (1946) and Anastasia (1956)—are thought of classics, yet his photos don’t provide many clues approximately Litvak the fellow. except passing references to his wartime carrier as wrestle documentarian, he by no means mentioned his existence in print, permitting in simple terms short interviews pertaining to completely to his work.
This biography fills that void, delivering the 1st specific 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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