Michael CURTIZ | Mihály Kertész

curtiz* 24.12.1886, Budapest, Ungarn (damals: Österreich-Ungarn) † 10.04.1962, Hollywood / Los Angeles, USA

Regisseur * 1909-12 Schauspieler und Regisseur am Ungarischen Nationaltheater [Nemzeti Színház / Magyar Színház] * 1912 Debüt als Filmschauspieler und -regisseur (bis 1919 über 40 Filme) * 1917 Direktor des Phönix-Filmstudios * 1919 geht nach Wien (bis 1926 dreht ca. 20 Filme) * 1926 folgt einer Einladung nach Hollywood - bis 1928 realisiert vier Stummfilme * 1935 erste Zusammenarbeit mit Errol Flynn (Captain Blood) * 1942 inszeniert mit Casablanca seinen bekanntesten Film * 1947 Gründung von Michael Curtiz Productions (bis 1949) * bis 1954 bleibt unter Vertrag bei Warner Bros. - danach arbeitet für verschiedene Studios und beendet seine Karriere mit wenig erfolgreichen Werken * 1954 feiert seinen größten kommerziellen Erfolg (White Christmas) * gilt als exemplarischer Regisseur des klassischen Studiosystems * verheiratet mit Lili Damita (2. Ehefrau, 1925-26) und Drehbuchautorin Bess Meredyth (3. Ehefrau, 1929-61)


"a soft pushover when he's off the set, away from the camera. A perfectionist, a terribly hard-working, able, ambitious man driven by a love for his work." Rosalind Russell

"Mr. Curtiz, I must say, monster as he was, was a great European moviemaker. He was not a performer's director ... You had to be very strong with him. And he wasn't fun ... He was a real BASTARD! Cruelest man I have ever known. But he knew how to shoot a film well." Bette Davis


Der Titel von David Nivens Bestseller Bring On the Empty Horses bezieht sich auf MCs Forderung nach Pferden ohne Reiter während der Dreharbeiten zu The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

FILMS (from | ab 1928)

Tenderloin (1928-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Edward T. Lowe, Jr.; Joseph Jackson, K: Hal Mohr, D: Dolores Costello, Conrad Nagel) 85m-Krimidrama (2803, NY) > part-talkie [Stummfilm mit Tonsequenzen]

Noah's Ark (Die Arche Noah, 1928-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Anthony Coldeway, K: Hal Mohr, Barney McGill, M: Louis Silvers, D: Dolores Costello, George O'Brien, Noah Beery, Louise Fazenda) 69/135m (2906) > part-talkie [Stummfilm mit Tonsequenzen]

[The] Glad Rag Doll (1929-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: [C.] Graham Baker, K: Byron Haskin, D: Dolores Costello, Ralph Graves) 70m-Liebeskomödie (2905) + Stummfilmversion

Madonna of Avenue A (1929-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Ray Doyle; Francis Powers, K: Byron Haskin, D: Dolores Costello, Louise Dresser, Grant Withers) 71m-Melodram (2906) + Stummfilmversion

The Gamblers (1929-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: J. Grubb Alexander, K: William Rees, D: H.B. Warner, Lois Wilson) 60m-Tragikomödie (Bühnenstück von Charles Klein, 1910) (2906) + Stummfilmversion

Hearts in Exile (1929-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Harvey Gates, K: William Rees, D: Dolores Costello, Grant Withers) 82m-Romanze (Roman von John Oxenham, 1904) (2909)

Mammy (1930-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Gordon Rigby, Joseph Jackson, K: Barney McGill, D: Al Jolson, Louise Dresser, Lois Moran, Lowell Sherman) 83m-Musikkomödie (3003)

Under a Texas Moon (1930-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Gordon Rigby, K: William Rees, D: Frank Fay ° Raquel Torres) 70m-Western (Kurzgeschichte Two-Gun Man von Edward Stewart White, 1925) (3004)

The Matrimonial Bed (1930-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Harvey Thew; [Seymour Hicks], K: Dev[ereaux] Jennings, D: Frank Fay, Lilyan Tashman, James Gleason, Beryl Mercer, Marion Byron, Vivian Oakland, Arthur Edmund Carew, James Bradbury, Sr., Florence Eldridge) 71m-Komödie (Bühnenstück Au premier de ces messieurs von Yves Mirande & André Mouëzy-Eon, ?) (3008)

Bright Lights (1930-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Humphrey Pearson, Henry McCarty, K: Lee Garmes, Charles Schoenbaum, D: Dorothy Mackaill, Frank Fay, Noah Beery) 69m-Musikdrama (3009)

A Soldier's Plaything (1930-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Perry Vekroff; Arthur Caesar, K: Barney McGill, ML: Erno Rapee, D: Lotti Loder, Harry Langdon, Ben Lyon) 57m-Tragikomödie (3011)

River's End (1930-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Charles Kenyon, K: Robert Kurrle, ML: Erno Rapee, D: Charles Bickford ° Evalyn Knapp, David Torrence) 74m-Westerndrama (Roman von James Oliver Curwood, 1919) (3011)

Dämon des Meeres (1930; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Ulrich Steindorff, K: Sidney Hickox, D: William Dieterle, Lissy Arna) 81m-Abenteuer/drama (Roman von Herman Melville, 1851) (3103, Berlin) > deutsche Version von Moby Dick (1930-USA * Lloyd Bacon)

God's Gift to Women (1930/31-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Frederick Hazlitt Brennan; Joseph Jackson, Raymond Griffith, K: Robert Kurrle, D: Frank Fay * Laura La Plante * Joan Blondell) 72m-Liebeskomödie (Bühnenstück The Devil Was Sick von Jane Hinton, ?) (3104)

The Mad Genius (1931-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: J. Grubb Alexander, Harvey Thew, K: Barney McGill, D: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth, Donald Cook) 81m-Drama (Bühnenstück The Idol von Martin Brown, 1929) (03-?; 3111)

The Woman from Monte Carlo (1931-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Harvey Thew, K: Ernest Haller, D: Lil Dagover, Walter Huston) 65m-Drama (Bühnenstück La veillée d'armes von Claude Farrère & Lucien Népoty, 1917) (10-?; 3201)

Alias the Doctor (1931/32-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Houston Branch; Charles Kenyon, K: Barney McGill, D: Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh) 62m-Drama (Bühnenstück A Kuruzslo von Emric Földes, © 1927) (12-?; 3202, LA)

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Erwin Gelsey, Brown Holmes, K: Robert Kurrle, D: Ann Dvorak, Lee Tracy, Richard Cromwell) 74m-Krimidrama (02-?; 3205)

Doctor X (Doktor X, 1932-USA) (Bühnenstück von Howard W. Comstock & Allen C. Miller, 1931) (03-?; 3208)

The Cabin in the Cotton (Die Hütte im Baumwollfeld, 1932-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Paul Green, K: Barney McGill, D: Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Jordan, Bette Davis: Madge Norwood) 77m-Drama (Roman von Harry Harrison Kroll, 1931) (?-06; 3210)

20,000 Years in Sing Sing (20.000 Jahre in Sing Sing, 1932-USA) (Buch von Lewis E. Lawes) (3212)

Mystery of the Wax Museum (Das Geheimnis des Wachsfigurenkabinetts, 1932-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Don Mullaly, Carl Erickson, K: Ray Rennahan, D: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh) 75m-Horror (10-?; 3302)

The Keyhole (1933-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Robert Presnell, K: Barney McGill, D: Kay Francis ° George Brent, Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, Monroe Owsley) 70m-Liebesdrama (25 Tage; 3303)

Private Detective 62 (Der Detektiv und die Spielerin, 1933-USA) (21 Tage; 3306)

Goodbye Again (1933-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Ben Markson, K: George Barnes, D: Warren William * Joan Blondell) 65m-Romanze (Bühnenstück von George Haight & Allan Scott, 1932) (3309)

The Kennel Murder Case (1933-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Robert N. Lee, Peter Milne; Robert Presnell, K: William Rees, D: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Helen Vinson, Ralph Morgan, Jack La Rue, Paul Cavanagh) 73m-Mystery (Roman von S.S. Van Dine, 1933) (3310)

Female (Der Boß ist eine schöne Frau, 1933-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola, K: Sid/ney Hickox, D: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent) 60/5m-Liebeskomödie (story von Donald Henderson Clarke) (09-?; 3311)

Mandalay (1933-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Austin Parker, Charles Kenyon, K: Tony Gaudio, D: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland, Lyle Talbot) 65m-Melodram (10-11; 3402)

Jimmy the Gent (Ein feiner Herr, 1933/34-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Bertram Millhauser, K: Ira Morgan, D: James Cagney, Bette Davis) 67m-Komödie (11-?; 3403)

The Key (1934-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Laird Doyle, K: Ernest Haller, D: William Powell, Edna Best, Colin Clive) 71m-Drama (Bühnenstück von Robert Gore-Browne & Joseph Lee Hardy, 1933) (02-03; 3406)

British Agent (1934-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Laird Doyle; Roland Pertwee, K: Ernest Haller, D: Leslie Howard * Kay Francis) 81m-Abenteuermelodram (Roman von R.H. Bruce Lockhart, 1932) (03-?; 3409)

Black Fury (In blinder Wut, 1934-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Abem Finkel, Carl Erickson, K: Byron Haskin, D: Paul Muni, Karen Morley, William Gargan) 90/7m-Sozialdrama (10-?; 3505)

The Case of the Curious Bride (1935-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Tom Reed; Brown Holmes, K: David Abel, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: Warren William ° Margaret Lindsay ° Donald Woods) 68/74m-Krimithriller [Roman von Erle Stanley Gardner, 1935] (01-?; 3504)

Front Page Woman (Die Frau auf Seite 1, 1935-USA) (Kurzgeschichte von Richard Macaulay) (04-?; 3507)

Little Big Shot (1935-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Jerry Wald, Julius J. Epstein, Robert [Hardy] Andrews, K: Tony Gaudio, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: Sybil Jason, Glenda Farrell, Robert Armstrong) 72/80m-Tragikomödie (3509)

Captain Blood (Unter Piratenflagge, 1935-USA) (Roman von Rafael Sabatini) (08-10; 3512)

The Walking Dead (Der wandelnde Leichnam, 1935/36-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Ewart Adamson, Peter Milne, Robert [Hardy] Andrews, Lillie Hayward, K: Hal Mohr, D: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill) 62/78m-Horrorthriller (12-?; 3603)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (Der Verrat des Surat Khan, 1936-USA) (03-07; 3610)

Stolen Holiday (1936-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Casey Robinson, K: Sid/ney Hickox, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: Kay Francis, Claude Rains, Ian Hunter) 76m-Drama (07-?; 3702)

Mountain Justice (Gesetz der Berge, 1936-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Norman Reilly Raine, Luci Ward, K: Ernest Haller, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: George Brent * Josephine Hutchinson) 82m-Melodram (3704)

Kid Galahad (Kid Galahad, 1937-USA) (Fortsetzungsroman von Francis Wallace) (01-?; 3705)

The Perfect Specimen (Ein Kerl zum Verlieben, 1937-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Norman Reilly Raine, Lawrence Riley, Brewster Morse, Fritz Falkenstein, K: Charles Rosher, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell) 88m-Komödie (Roman von Samuel Hopkins Adams, 1936) (3710)

Gold Is Where You Find It (Goldene Erde Kalifornien, 1937-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Warren Duff, Robert Buckner, K: Sol Polito, M: Max Steiner, D: George Brent * Olivia de Havilland * Claude Rains * Margaret Lindsay) 91m-Western (Fortsetzungsroman von Clements Ripley, 1936) (08-10; 3802)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Robin Hood, König der Vagabunden, 1937/38-USA) (09-01; 3805)

Four's a Crowd (Liebe zu viert, 1938-USA) (02-03; 3809)

Four Daughters (Vater dirigiert, 1938-USA) (04-06; 3809)

Angels with Dirty Faces (Chicago, 1938-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: John Wexley, Warren Duff, K: Sol Polito, M: Max Steiner, D: James Cagney * Pat O'Brien) 97m-Gangstermelodram (06-08; 3811)

Dodge City (Herr des Wilden Westens, 1938/39-USA) (11-01; 3904)

Daughters Courageous (Vier Töchter räumen auf, 1939-USA) (Bühnenstück von Dorothy Bennett & Irving White) (3907)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex / Elizabeth the Queen (Günstling einer Königin, 1939-USA) (Bühnenstück von Maxwell Anderson) (06-08; 3911)

Four Wives (1939-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Maurice Hanline, K: Sol Polito, M: Max Steiner, D: Priscilla Lane * Rosemary Lane * Lola Lane * Gale Page) 110m-Liebesdrama (Kurzgeschichte Sister Act von Fannie Hurst, 1937) (08-?; 3912)

Virginia City (Goldschmuggel nach Virginia, 1939-USA) (10-?; 4003)

The Sea Hawk (Der Herr der sieben Meere, 1940-USA) (4008)

Santa Fe Trail (Land der Gottlosen, 1940-USA) (4012)

The Sea Wolf (Der Seewolf, 1940/41-USA) (Roman von Jack London) (11-01; 4103)

Dive Bomber (1941-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Frank Wead, Robert Buckner, K: Bert Glennon, Winton C. Hoch, M: Max Steiner, D: Errol Flynn * Fred MacMurray) 130/3m-Drama (03-05; 4108)

Captains of the Clouds (Helden der Lüfte, 1941-USA) (07-10; 4202)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1941/42-USA) (4205)

Casablanca (Casablanca, 1942-USA) (05-08; 4211)

Mission to Moscow (Botschafter in Moskau, 1942/43-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Howard Koch, K: Bert Glennon, M: Max Steiner, D: Walter Huston * Ann Harding) 123m-Drama (Buch von Joseph E. Davies, 1941) (11-02; 4304)

This Is the Army (1943-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, K: Bert Glennon, Sol Polito, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: George Murphy * Joan Leslie * Ronald Reagan) 120m-Musikkomödie [Bühnenshow von Irving Berlin, 1942] (02-05; 4308)

Passage to Marseille (Fahrkarte nach Marseille, 1943-USA) (Roman von Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall) (07-11; 4403)

Janie (1943/44-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Agnes Christine Johnston, Charles Hoffman, K: Carl Guthrie, M: H[einz] Roemheld, D: Joyce Reynolds ° Robert Hutton ° Edward Arnold ° Ann Harding ° Robert Benchley) 100m-Liebeskomödie (Bühnenstück von Josephine Bentham & Herschel V. Williams, Jr., 1942) (12-03; 4408, NY)

Roughly Speaking (Eine Frau mit Unternehmungsgeist, 1944-USA) (Buch von Louise Randall Pierson) (04-07; 4501)

Mildred Pierce (Solange ein Herz schlägt, 1944/45-USA) (Roman von James M. Cain) (12-02; 4509)

Night and Day (Tag und Nacht denk' ich an dich, 1945-USA) (06-10; 4607)

Life with Father (Unser Leben mit Vater, 1946-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Donald Ogden Stewart, K: J. Peverell Marley, William V. Skall, M: Max Steiner, D: William Powell * Irene Dunne) 118m-Komödie (Bühnenstück von Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse /1939/ + Buch von Clarence Day /1935/) (04-08; 4708)

The Unsuspected (Der Unverdächtige, 1947-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Ranald MacDougall; Bess Meredyth, K: Woody/Elwood Bredell, M: Franz Waxman, D: Joan Caulfield ° Claude Rains ° Audrey Totter ° Constance Bennett ° Hurd Hatfield) 103m-Krimi (Roman von Charlotte Armstrong, 1946) (01-03; 4710)

Romance on the High Seas (Zaubernächte in Rio, 1947-USA) (06-08; 4807)

My Dream Is Yours (Mein Traum bist Du, 1948-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Harry Kurnitz, Dane Lussier; Allen Rivkin, Laura Kerr, K: Ernest Haller, Wilfred M. Cline, ML: Ray Heindorf, D: Jack Carson * Doris Day * Lee Bowman) 101m-Musikkomödie (03-06; 4904)

Flamingo Road (Die Straße der Erfolgreichen, 1948-USA) (Bühnenstück von Robert Wilder & Sally Wilder) (09-10; 4904)

The Lady Takes a Sailor (Glück in Seenot, 1949-USA) (03-04; 4912)

Young Man with a Horn (Der Mann ihrer Träume, 1949-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Carl Foreman, Edmund H. North, K: Ted McCord, ML: Ray Heindorf, D: Kirk Douglas * Lauren Bacall * Doris Day) 112m-Musikbiografie (Roman von Dorothy Baker, 1938) (07-09; 5003)

Bright Leaf (Zwischen zwei Frauen, 1949/50-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Ranald MacDougall, K: Karl Freund, M: Victor Young, D: Gary Cooper * Lauren Bacall * Patricia Neal * Jack Carson * Donald Crisp) 110m-Melodram (Roman von Foster FitzSimons, 1948) (11-01; 5006)

The Breaking Point (Menschenschmuggel, 1950-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Ranald MacDougall, K: Ted McCord, M: Ray Heindorf, D: John Garfield * Patricia Neal) 97m-Abenteuer (Roman To Have and Have Not von Ernest Hemingway, 1937) (03-05; 5009)

Jim Thorpe - All American (1950-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Douglas Morrow, Everett Freeman; Frank Davis, K: Ernest Haller, ML: Max Steiner, D: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter) 107m-Biografie (08-11; 5108, NY)

Force of Arms (Keinen Groschen für die Ewigkeit, 1951-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Orin Jannings, K: Ted McCord, M: Max Steiner, D: William Holden * Nancy Olson * Frank Lovejoy) 100m-Kriegsmelodram (03-05; 5108, NY)

I'll See You in My Dreams (In all meinen Träumen bist du, 1951-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, K: Ted McCord, ML: Ray Heindorf, D: Doris Day * Danny Thomas * Frank Lovejoy * Patrice Wymore) 110m-Biopic (07-09; 5112, NY)

The Story of Will Rogers (1952-USA; d: Michael Curtiz, B: Frank Davis, Stanley Roberts; John C. Moffitt, K: Wilfred M. Cline, M: Victor Young, D: Will Rogers, Jr. * Jane Wyman) 110m-Biografie (Kurzgeschichte Uncle Clem's Boy von [Betty Blake] Rogers, 1940) (01-04; 5207)

The Jazz Singer (Jazz Singer, 1952-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Frank Davis, Leonard Stern, Lewis Meltzer, K: Carl Guthrie, ML: Ray Heindorf, D: Danny Thomas * Peggy Lee) 106/10m-Musikdrama (Kurzgeschichte The Day of Atonement /1922/ + Bühnenstück The Jazz Singer /1925/ von Samson Raphaelson) (08-10; 5301, NY)

Trouble along the Way (Ärger auf der ganzen Linie, 1952-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, K: Archie Stout, M: Max Steiner, D: John Wayne * Donna Reed * Charles Coburn) 110m-Tragikomödie (10-12; 5304)

The Boy from Oklahoma (Der Sheriff ohne Colt, 1953-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Frank Davis, Winston Miller, K: Robert Burks, M: Max Steiner, D: Will Rogers, Jr., Nancy Olson) 88m-Westernkomödie (02-03; 5402)

White Christmas (Weiße Weihnachten, 1953-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank, K: Loyal Griggs, ML: Joseph J. Lilley, D: Bing Crosby * Danny Kaye * Rosemary Clooney * Vera-Ellen) 120m-Musikkomödie (09-12; 5410)

The Egyptian (Sinuhe, der Ägypter, 1954-USA) (Roman von Mika Waltari) (03-05; 5408)

We're No Angels (Wir sind keine Engel, 1954-USA) (Bühnenstück von Albert Husson) (06-08; 5507)

The Vagabond King (König der Vagabunden, 1954/55-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Ken Englund, Noel Langley, K: Robert Burks, M: Victor Young, D: Kathryn Grayson * Oreste) 88m-Historienabenteuer (Operette von Rudolf Friml, 1925) (12-02; 5609)

The Scarlet Hour (Alle Spuren verwischt, 1955-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Rip Van Ronkel, Frank Tashlin, John Meredyth Lucas, K: Lionel Lindon, M: Leith Stevens, D: Carol Ohmart ° Tom Tryon ° Jody Lawrance) 95m-Psychokrimi (06-07; 5604)

The Best Things in Life Are Free (Fanfaren der Freude, 1956-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: William Bowers, Phoebe Ephron, K: Leon Shamroy, MS: Lionel Newman, D: Gordon MacRae * Dan Dailey * Ernest Borgnine) 104m-Musikerbiografie (04-06; 5609)

The Helen Morgan Story (Ein Leben im Rausch, 1957-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Oscar Saul, Dean Riesner, Stephen Longstreet, Nelson Gidding, K: Ted McCord, D: Ann Blyth * Paul Newman) 118m-biografisches Drama (01-03; 5710)

The Proud Rebel (Der stolze Rebell, 1957-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Joseph Petracca, Lillie Hayward, K: Ted McCord, M: Jerome Moross, D: Alan Ladd * Olivia de Havilland) 103m-Western/drama (09-11; 5806)

King Creole (Mein Leben ist der Rhythmus, 1958-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Herbert Baker, Michael Vincente Gazzo, K: Russell Harlan, M: Walter Scharf, D: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow) 116m-Musikdrama (Roman A Stone for Danny Fisher von Harold Robbins, 1952) (01-03; 5807)

The Man in the Net (Das tödliche Netz, 1958-USA) (Roman von Patrick Quentin=Hugh Wheeler, 1956) (06-08; 5904)

The Hangman (Der Henker, 1958-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Dudley Nichols, K: Loyal Griggs, M: Harry Sukman, D: Robert Taylor * Tina Louise * Fess Parker * Jack Lord) 87m-Western (Kurzgeschichte Pull Your Freight von Luke Short, ?) (09-10; 5905)

A Breath of Scandal / Olympia (Prinzessin Olympia, 1959-USA/I; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Walter Bernstein, K: Mario Montuori, M: Alessandro Cicognini, D: Sophia Loren * Maurice Chevalier * John Gavin * Angela Lansbury) 98m-Liebeskomödie (Bühnenstück Olympia von Ferenc Molnár, 1928) (06-08; 6003)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Abenteuer am Mississippi, 1959-USA) (Roman von Mark Twain) (10-11; 6006)

Francis of Assisi (Franz von Assisi, 1960/61-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Eugene Vale, James Forsyth, Jack [W.] Thomas, K: Piero Portalupi, M: Mario Nascimbene, D: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman & Pedro Armendariz) 111m-Biografie (Buch The Joyful Beggar von Louis De Wohl=Ludwig von Wohl, 1958) (10-?; 6107)

The Comancheros (Die Comancheros, 1961-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: James Edward Grant, Clair Huffaker, K: William H. Clothier, M: Elmer Bernstein, D: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff & Lee Marvin) 107m-Western (Roman von Paul Wellman, 1952) (06-08; 6111)

AWARD

Academy Award / Oscar (beste Regie) für Casablanca (1944)

BOOKS

(a cura di) Orio Caldiron: Michael Curtiz: un ungherese a Hollywood. Roma: La Meridiana Editori, 1992 > 222 p. : ill.

Pablo Merida: Michael Curtiz. Madrid: Catedra, 1996 | 2007 > 384 páginas

René Noizet: Tous les chemins mènent à Hollywood: Michael Curtiz. Paris/Montreal: L'Harmattan, 1997 > 380 p. [16] p. de pl. : couv. ill.


James C. Robertson: The Casablanca Man: The Cinema of Michael Curtiz. London/New York: Routledge, 1994

Michael Curtiz (1888-1962) was one of the most important and prolific directors in the history of cinema, yet he has never been granted the recognition he deserves. The Casablanca Man is the first full length work on Curtiz, surveying his unequalled mastery over diverse genres: biography, comedy, horror melodrama, musical, swashbuckler, and western. The book also examines Curtiz' relationship with the Hollywood studio moguls, based on documentary evidence culled from archive research at Warner Brothers, rather than the hearsay which has caused his underrating. The access to production and financial details of the Warner Brothers films from 1926 to 1953 makes Robertson's work unique, most of the material never having been available to the general public. Concentrating on Curtiz' best-known films--Casablanca, Angels with Dirty Faces, Mildred Pierce and King Creole among them--Robertson explores the practical struggles over screenplays, his use of reality footage in feature films, and the instinctive visual sense which governed his work. Along with these technical aspects, the author looks at Curtiz' friendships and rivalries with other film celebrities, including Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and James Cagney, and his discovery of future stars. > 208 pages


Miguel A. Fidalgo: Michael Curtiz: Bajo la sombra de "Casablanca". Madrid: T&B Editores, 2009

Michael Curtiz llega a Estados Unidos a mediados de la década de los veinte. Hombre polifacético y extraño donde los haya, Curtiz se ganará con el paso de los años el odio y la admiración de los que trabajaron con él. Ansioso devorador de cosas nuevas, incansable enamorado de su trabajo, este húngaro que fuera artista de circo y mediocre actor, dejó su huella a lo largo de más de 150 títulos y, aunque de manera nunca totalmente apreciada, dio nuevos ímpetus al Cine. Para comprender y posicionar adecuadamente a alguien cuya vida y obra corrió paralela tanto a la historia del Cine como al convulso siglo XX, el autor ha investigado durante varios años en cinco países y multitud de archivos fílmicos, paseando por las calles de su nativa Budapest, de la imperial Viena, o de los estudios de la Warner en Hollywood, y contactando personalmente con los últimos supervivientes de su familia y colaboradores en la gran pantalla, entre ellos Sybil Jason y Olivia de Havilland, en busca de documentación, información y cada una de sus películas. El resultado es una biografía que desvela nuevas claves y datos nunca conocidos sobre su turbulenta vida y su pasional obra. Desde su obsesión por la redención a través del sacrificio por amor, hasta su pionero enfoque del Cine, pasando por esa inagotable energía que le hizo ser el director de la primera película dramática húngara a la vez que precursor en el uso del sonido, el color y los formatos panorámicos. A pesar de haber realizado algunos de los mejores y más exitosos filmes de su época, su nombre se ha mantenido siempre a la sombra de su título más popular, Casablanca, cuyos méritos incluso le han sido negados en varias ocasiones. > 568 páginas * 2 pliegos centrales en papel couché con 80 fotografías en Blanco y Negro

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