Gustav Machaty

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Offbeat, talented international writer-director, a former actor best known for the galvanizing visuals, sleek eroticism and provocative symbolism of his modernist Czech films "Erotikon" (1929), "From Saturday to Sunday" ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1900

Filmography

Director (1)

The Good Earth 1936 (Movie)

(additional scenes) (Director)

Biography

Offbeat, talented international writer-director, a former actor best known for the galvanizing visuals, sleek eroticism and provocative symbolism of his modernist Czech films "Erotikon" (1929), "From Saturday to Sunday" (1931) and "Ecstasy" (1932)--the latter a success de scandale thanks to the nude appearance of Hedwig Keisler (later Hedy Lamarr). Machaty's later films, made in Italy, Austria, the US and West Germany, generally did not fulfill the promise of his earlier work, but he did make several worthy if minor films in the US, notably the striking short subject, "Wrong Way Out" (1938) and the stylishly photographed and narrated film noir, "Jealousy" (1945).

EDUCATION

left school in 1913

Milestones

1956

Last writing credit, the war docudrama "It Happened in Broad Daylight", directed by G.W. Pabst

1955

Last directorial efforts include the German film, "Suchkind 312"

1944

Last US film, "Jealousy"

1939

First US feature credit as director, "Within the Law"

1938

Directed the notable short film, "Wrong Way Out"

1937

Earliest US directorial work included uncredited work on the films "Born Reckless", "The Good Earth", "Madame X" and "Conquest"

1934

First film made outside Czechoslovakia, "Nocturno", made in Austria

1929

First producing credit, "Erotikon", which he also wrote and directed

1927

Achieved notable directorial triumph with his second film, the Czech-made "The Kreutzer Sonata", which he also wrote

1920

Journeyed to the US; lived there for four years, working as an assistant to directors including Erich von Stroheim and D.W. Griffith

1919

Directed first film, "Teddy Wants to Smoke"

1919

Began acting in films at age 17; earliest credits include "Alois Won a Prize" and "The Lady with Tiny Feet"; the latter was one of his earliest writing credits

Worked as a pianist in movie theaters

Returned to Prague; continued writing for films

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