Michael Curtiz

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Michael Curtiz (born Manó Kaminer; December 24, 1886 – April 11, 1962) was a Hungarian-born American film director, recognized as one of the most prolific directors in history.wikipedia
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Casablanca (film)

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He himself was nominated five times and won twice, once for Best Short Subject for Sons of Liberty and once as Best Director for Casablanca. He directed many dramas which today are also considered classics, Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Sea Wolf (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Mildred Pierce (1945).
Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's.

Academy Award for Best Director

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He himself was nominated five times and won twice, once for Best Short Subject for Sons of Liberty and once as Best Director for Casablanca.
However, after the nomination of Michael Curtiz for two films, Angels with Dirty Faces and Four Daughters, at the 11th Academy Awards, the rules were revised so that an individual could only be nominated for one film at each ceremony.

Classical Hollywood cinema

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He directed classic films from the silent era and numerous others during Hollywood's Golden Age, when the studio system was prevalent.
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Angels with Dirty Faces

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He directed many dramas which today are also considered classics, Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Sea Wolf (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Mildred Pierce (1945).
Angels with Dirty Faces is a 1938 American crime film directed by Michael Curtiz for Warner Brothers.

Mildred Pierce (film)

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He directed many dramas which today are also considered classics, Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Sea Wolf (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Mildred Pierce (1945).
Mildred Pierce is a 1945 American film noir crime-drama directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott, also featuring Eve Arden, Ann Blyth and Bruce Bennett.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Curtiz helped popularize the classic swashbuckler with films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American Technicolor swashbuckler film from Warner Bros., produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke, directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, that stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude Rains.

Film noir

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He was versatile and could handle any kind of picture: melodrama, comedy, love story, film noir, musical, war story, Western, or historical epic.
Directors such as Lang, Robert Siodmak and Michael Curtiz brought a dramatically shadowed lighting style and a psychologically expressive approach to visual composition (mise-en-scène), with them to Hollywood, where they made some of the most famous classic noirs.

White Christmas (film)

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He directed leading musicals, including Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), This Is the Army (1943), and White Christmas, and he made comedies with Life With Father (1947) and We're No Angels (1955).
White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.

This Is the Army

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He directed leading musicals, including Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), This Is the Army (1943), and White Christmas, and he made comedies with Life With Father (1947) and We're No Angels (1955).
This Is the Army is a 1943 American wartime musical comedy film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner, and directed by Michael Curtiz, adapted from a wartime stage musical with the same name, designed to boost morale in the U.S. during World War II, directed by Ezra Stone.

Captain Blood (1935 film)

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Curtiz helped popularize the classic swashbuckler with films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
Captain Blood is a 1935 American black-and-white swashbuckling pirate film from First National Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by Harry Joe Brown and Gordon Hollingshead (with Hal B. Wallis as executive producer), directed by Michael Curtiz, that stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Ross Alexander.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

He directed leading musicals, including Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), This Is the Army (1943), and White Christmas, and he made comedies with Life With Father (1947) and We're No Angels (1955).
The film was written by Robert Buckner and Edmund Joseph, and directed by Michael Curtiz.

Errol Flynn

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He put Doris Day and John Garfield on screen for the first time, and he made stars of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bette Davis. He launched the career of Lucy Doraine, who went on to become an international star, along with that of Lily Damita, who later married Errol Flynn.
Warner Bros were preparing a big budget swashbuckler, Captain Blood (1935), based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini and directed by Michael Curtiz.

Warner Bros.

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Curtiz was already a well-known director in Europe when Warner Bros. invited him to Hollywood in 1926, when he was 39 years of age. He offered Curtiz a contract to be a director at his new film studio in Hollywood, Warner Bros., where he would direct a similar epic that had been planned, Noah's Ark.
After the success of the studio's 1929 First National film Noah's Ark, Harry agreed to make Michael Curtiz a major director at the Burbank studio.

Olivia de Havilland

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He put Doris Day and John Garfield on screen for the first time, and he made stars of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bette Davis.
The film is a swashbuckler action drama based on the popular novel by Rafael Sabatini and directed by Michael Curtiz.

Today and Tomorrow (1912 film)

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That same year, he directed Hungary's first feature film, Ma és holnap (Today and Tomorrow), in which he also had a leading role.
Today and Tomorrow (Ma és holnap) is a 1912 film directed by Michael Curtiz.

Doris Day

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He put Doris Day and John Garfield on screen for the first time, and he made stars of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bette Davis.
Day got the part after auditioning for director Michael Curtiz.

The Moon of Israel

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Among the films he directed were Biblical epics such as Sodom und Gomorrha (1922) and Die Sklavenkönigin (1924) (titled Moon of Israel in the U.S.).
It was directed by Mihaly Kertész (later Michael Curtiz).

The Sea Wolf (1941 film)

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He directed many dramas which today are also considered classics, Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Sea Wolf (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Mildred Pierce (1945).
The film was written by Robert Rossen and directed by Michael Curtiz.

Noah's Ark (1928 film)

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He offered Curtiz a contract to be a director at his new film studio in Hollywood, Warner Bros., where he would direct a similar epic that had been planned, Noah's Ark. They assigned two part-silent and part-talking pictures for Curtiz to direct: Tenderloin (1928) and Noah's Ark (1928), both of which also starred Costello.
Noah's Ark is a 1928 American epic romantic melodramatic disaster film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello and George O'Brien.

Bess Meredyth

The story was an adaptation written by Bess Meredyth, who married Curtiz a few years later.
The wife of film director Michael Curtiz, Meredyth wrote The Affairs of Cellini (1934) and adapted The Unsuspected (1947).

Lucy Doraine

He launched the career of Lucy Doraine, who went on to become an international star, along with that of Lily Damita, who later married Errol Flynn.
She was married to film director Michael Curtiz from 1918 to 1923.

Atlantis (1913 film)

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He first went to study at Nordisk studio in Denmark, which led to work as an actor and assistant director to August Blom on Denmark's first multireel feature film, Atlantis (1913).
The second assistant was the young Hungarian director Mihály Kertész, who under the name Michael Curtiz became one of the most well-known Hollywood directors through films such as Casablanca and White Christmas.

Tenderloin (film)

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They assigned two part-silent and part-talking pictures for Curtiz to direct: Tenderloin (1928) and Noah's Ark (1928), both of which also starred Costello.
Tenderloin is a 1928 American part-talkie crime film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello.

The Last Bohemian (1912 film)

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He followed that with another 1912 film, Az utolsó bohém (The Last Bohemian).
The Last Bohemian (Az Utolsó bohém) is a 1912 Hungarian film directed by Michael Curtiz.

Mystery of the Wax Museum

Although rare for Warner Bros., the studio produced two horror films that Curtiz directed, Doctor X (1932) and Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), both in color, with numerous atmospheric scenes filmed on the studio's back lot.
Mystery of the Wax Museum is a 1933 American pre-Code mystery-horror film directed by Michael Curtiz and released by Warner Bros. in two-color Technicolor.