Mauritz Stiller

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
One of the two dominant figures of the "golden age" of Swedish silent cinema (the other being Victor Sjostrom), whose reputation as a director has been somewhat overshadowed by his fame as mentor and "discoverer" of ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1883 in Finland

Filmography

Director (1)

Hotel Imperial (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

One of the two dominant figures of the "golden age" of Swedish silent cinema (the other being Victor Sjostrom), whose reputation as a director has been somewhat overshadowed by his fame as mentor and "discoverer" of Greta Garbo.

Relationships

Family
adopted by Katzman family when orphaned at four used name Katzman until adulthood

Father
died when Stiller was a child

Mother
committed suicide when Stiller was three

Milestones

1927

US film debut, "Hotel Imperial"

1927

Returned to Sweden (December)

1927

Presented show, "Broadway", at Oscar Theater in Stockhom

1925

Arrived in USA (July)

1921

Became a Swedish citizen in July 1921

1916

Served as first artistic director of avant-garde Lorensberg Theatre in Gothenburg

1912

Joined Svenska Biograf (later Svensk Filmindustri) studios; directed, wrote and acted in first feature film, "Mor och dotter/Mother and Daughter"

1911

Became artistic manager of the Lilla Teatern, a small theater in Stockholm where he made his debut as a stage director

1907

Returned to Finland to join Swedish Theatre in Helsinki

1904

Technically a Russian citizen, fled to Sweden from Finland in order to avoid being drafted into Russian army

1904

Acted in small roles in Swedish theater

1899

Began theatrical career as an actor with a Swedish-speaking theater in Turku, Finland at age 16

Directed more than thirty short features

After minimal education, worked in a cap factory in Helsinki

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