Anatole Litvak

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1902 in Ukraine

Filmography

Director (25)

The Night of the Generals 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Five Miles to Midnight 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Goodbye Again 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Journey 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Anastasia 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Deep Blue Sea 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Act of Love 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Decision Before Dawn 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Night 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Why We Fight 1941 (Movie)

(("The Nazis Strike" "Divide and Conquer" "The Battle of Russia" "The Battle of China" "War Comes to America")) (Director)

City For Conquest 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

All This, and Heaven Too 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

The Roaring Twenties 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

'Til We Meet Again (Movie)

(Director)

Blues in the Night (Movie)

(Director)

Castle on the Hudson (Movie)

(Director)

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Movie)

(Director)

Out of the Fog (Movie)

(Director)

Sorry, Wrong Number (Movie)

(Director)

The Snake Pit (Movie)

(Director)

The Woman I Love (Movie)

(Director)

This Above All (Movie)

(Director)

Tovarich (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (11)

10:30 P.M. Summer 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Miles to Midnight 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Goodbye Again 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Journey 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Deep Blue Sea 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Act of Love 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Decision Before Dawn 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Long Night 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sorry, Wrong Number (Movie)

(Producer)

The Snake Pit (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (1)

Die Freudlose gasse 1924 (Movie)

(Editor)
Production Management (1)

Napoleon 1929 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (1)

Goodbye Again 1961 (Movie)

Man in Night Club (Actor)
Writer (1)

Why We Fight 1941 (Movie)

("The Battle of Russia") (Screenplay)
Other (1)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

film extract("Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948)) (Other)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Miriam Hopkins Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 4, 1937 Divorced Oct. 11, 1939

Sophie Steur

Wife
Designed costumes for some of Litvak's films Married until his death Dec. 15, 1974

EDUCATION

University of St Petersburg

1921
graduated

State Theater School

1922

Milestones

1937

Signed contract with Warner Bros.

1936

Moved to USA

1925

Moved to Germany

1923

Began film career at Nordkino studios, Leningrad

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