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Also Known As: Mikhail Anatol Litvak Died: December 15, 1974
Born: May 10, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ukraine Profession: director, screenwriter, set decorator, assistant director, stagehand, editor, assistant director, actor

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Began his film career at Leningrad's Nordkino studios in 1923, moved to Germany in 1925 and began directing for UFA in 1930. Following the international success of the French production, "Mayerling" (1936), Litvak moved to the US where he signed with Warner Bros. in 1937. He earned a reputation as a capable handler of urban dramas ("City for Conquest" 1940, "Blues in the Night" 1941, "Sorry, Wrong Number" 1948) and received critical acclaim for "The Snake Pit" (1948), a harrowing, realistic account of life in a mental institution. Litvak's post-1950s work--all European--consisted primarily of glossy, somewhat turgid star vehicles. He was married to actress Miriam Hopkins (from 1937 to 1939) and costume designer Sophie Steur, who worked on some of his films.

Began his film career at Leningrad's Nordkino studios in 1923, moved to Germany in 1925 and began directing for UFA in 1930. Following the international success of the French production, "Mayerling" (1936), Litvak moved to the US where he signed with Warner Bros. in 1937. He earned a reputation as a capable handler of urban dramas ("City for Conquest" 1940, "Blues in the Night" 1941, "Sorry, Wrong Number" 1948) and received critical acclaim for "The Snake Pit" (1948), a harrowing, realistic account of life in a mental institution. Litvak's post-1950s work--all European--consisted primarily of glossy, somewhat turgid star vehicles. He was married to actress Miriam Hopkins (from 1937 to 1939) and costume designer Sophie Steur, who worked on some of his films.

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  Five Miles to Midnight (1963) Director
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  Goodbye Again (1961) Director
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  The Journey (1959) Director
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  Anastasia (1956) Director
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  The Deep Blue Sea (1955) Director
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  Act of Love (1953) Director
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  Decision Before Dawn (1951) Director
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  Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Director

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1923:
Began film career at Nordkino studios, Leningrad
1925:
Moved to Germany
1936:
Moved to USA
1937:
Signed contract with Warner Bros.
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Education

University of St Petersburg: - 1921
State Theater School: - 1922

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wife:
Miriam Hopkins. Actor. Married 1937-39.
wife:
Sophie Steur. Fashion designer. Designed costumes for some of Litvak's films.

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