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Micheal Curtiz Tribute...

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I have to hand it to Micheal Curtiz for being quite the perfectionist in every genre imaginable. You gotta love:

 

Adventures of Robin Hood

Casablanca

Yankee Doodle Dandy

The Sea Hawk

The Big Sleep

Angels With Dirty Faces

Captain Blood

Dodge City

Mildred Pierce

The Egyptian

and how many others?

 

 

What a wide range of knowledge and vision it took to capture so many different genres. He was able to finish a western on a Friday and start a pirate epic on a Monday!

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Sorry bulldog, but Howard Hawks actually directed The Big Sleep. A good silent one that Curtiz directed was Noah's Ark, alot of people forget about that one.

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It seems like that was the life of a studio director in the 20's 30's and 40's. The directed whatever scripts came their way regardless of the genre. That's why they are unsung heroes in a way because directors today have a definite stamp on the types of movie they direct.

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MY favorite all time movie from Micheal Curtiz is:

"Four DAughters" Claude Rains magnificent as mr. lump

John Gardields film debut electrofiying to saythe least

i never get tired of watching this movie i have it on

Vhs.

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Good point, Brakenhe. Studio Directors did whatever the Studio's assigned them, and all of them directed movies from different Genre's regardless of whether they "liked it", or had even worked in that Genre previously. Most Directors had very little choice about what movies they got, and if a Studio didn't like the way a movie was being directed, that Director was taken off the movie and replaced by another of the Studio's available Directors. Most better known Directors did develop their own "signature" directorial tastes, characteristice, and skills to every movie they worked on. Michael Curtiz did, and was an expert at his craft, that's for sure! ML

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This unsung director was adept at any genre he worked on e.g. musicals, comedy, drama. And yet he made so many classics, too numerous to mention. Yet, since he didn't have any kind of style he does not come to mind with many filmgoers. He was known for murdering the English language. The director has a bit along with other directors such as King Vidor as themselves in the Doris Day movie ITS A GREAT FEELING.

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