Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz

American film director
Date of Birth: 24.12.1888
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Michael Curtiz
  2. Awards
  3. 1944 - Academy Award for Best Director for the film "Casablanca"

Biography of Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz was an American film director who directed over 160 films, including such successful ones as "Casablanca" (1942) and "Mildred Pierce" (1945). He was born into a prosperous Jewish family in Budapest, but at the age of 17, he joined a circus troupe and began studying acting. He combined his stage performances with directing films in Hungary and Denmark. It was he who made the first feature film in the Hungarian language in 1912. By 1917, he had already made 14 films, with his wife Lucy Doraine (1898-1989) starring in the lead roles.

During World War I, Curtiz served in the infantry. After 1919, when the nationalization of the Hungarian film industry was announced, the director continued his career in other European countries, and in 1926, the Warner Brothers invited him to move to Hollywood. Despite his reputation as a dictator on set, Curtiz became the most sought-after director at Warner Brothers, recording adventure films with Errol Flynn (whom his wife Lily left him for), the classic film noir "Mildred Pierce" with Joan Crawford in the lead role, and one of the most popular films in Hollywood history - "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Awards

1936 - Nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for the film "Captain Blood"

1939 - Two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director for "Four Daughters" and "Angels with Dirty Faces"

1943 - Nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

1944 - Academy Award for Best Director for the film "Casablanca"

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