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Anatole Litvak

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Anatole Litvak (Анатоль Литвак) (May 10, 1902 – December 15, 1974) was a Ukrainian-born filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in a various countries and languages. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for the film The Snake Pit (1948). He was born Mikhail Anatol Litwak into a Jewish family in the city of Kiev in what was then part of the Russian Empire. As a teenager, he worked at a theater in St. Petersburg and took acting lessons at the State drama school. Before the rise of the Nazis, he lived and worked in Germany where he made his first few films at the beginning of the 1930s, but quickly fled to England and France, where he made several successful films leading to a contract offer from a Hollywood studio. In 1940, his film All This and Heaven Too was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture. Litvak served with the United States Army during World War II and joined with fellow director Frank Capra to make the Why We Fight film series.

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  • Born: Mikhail Anatol Litwak May 21, 1902 Kiev, Russian Empire
  • Died: December 15, 1974 (aged 72) Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
  • Years active: 1930-1970
  • Spouse(s): Miriam Hopkins (1937-1939) (divorced) Sophie Steur (?-1974) (his death)

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