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Also Known As: King Wallis Vidor, King W. Vidor Died: November 1, 1982
Born: February 8, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Galveston, Texas, USA Profession: director, actor, teacher, projectionist, studio clerk

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King Vidor's films range across all genres, but they are unified by a concern with the struggle for selfhood in a pluralistic, mass society. Influenced both by D.W. Griffith's realism and Sergei Eisenstein's montage aesthetic, Vidor has come closer to reconciling these strains than any other American director.

King Vidor's films range across all genres, but they are unified by a concern with the struggle for selfhood in a pluralistic, mass society. Influenced both by D.W. Griffith's realism and Sergei Eisenstein's montage aesthetic, Vidor has come closer to reconciling these strains than any other American director.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Solomon and Sheba (1959) Director
2.
  War and Peace (1956) Director
3.
  Man Without a Star (1955) Director
4.
  Ruby Gentry (1953) Director
5.
  Japanese War Bride (1952) Director
6.
  Lightning Strikes Twice (1951) Director
7.
  Beyond the Forest (1949) Director
8.
  The Fountainhead (1949) Director
9.
  On Our Merry Way (1948) Director
10.
  Duel in the Sun (1947) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) (Archival Footage)
2.
 Love and Money (1982) Walter Klein
3.
 75 Years of Cinema Museum (1972) Himself
4.
 It's a Great Feeling (1949) Himself
5.
 Show People (1928) Himself
6.
 Souls for Sale (1923)
9.
 Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1961) Interviewee
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1909:
Worked in Galveston's first movie theater, the Globe, as ticket-taker and part-time projectionist
:
Became amateur newsreel photographer, shooting local events and selling them to newsreel companies
1915:
Shot first film (two-reeler), "In Tow" (date approximate)
1915:
Drove to Hollywood (financed trip by shooting footage for Ford Company's advertising newsreel)
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Submitted original scripts to Universal under pseudonym, Charles K Wallis
1918:
Directed shorts about reform work of Judge Willis Brown
1919:
Debut as film director with "The Turn in the Road"
1920:
Formed Vidor Village studio
1922:
Joined MGM after Vidor Village shut down
1925:
Directed first hit, "The Big Parade"
1929:
Filmed first sound feature, "Hallelujah"
1959:
Retired from directing
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Became instructor for UCLA graduate cinema class in the 1960s
1974:
Directed two short documentaries, "Truth and Illusion"
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Education

Peacock Military Academy: San Antonio , Texas -

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