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Introduction: Michael Curtiz (04:07)


See clips from several of Curtiz's films. He is credited with helping invent the concept of Hollywood.

Curtiz's Early Life and Career (10:31)

Curtiz made the first Hungarian feature film, "Today and Tomorrow." "Captain Blood" was his first success. He signed a contract with the Warner Brothers when they were building their studio; Curtiz is known for his wide array of films ranging from musicals to horror.

Curtiz's Action and Adventure Films (07:29)

With "Kid Galahad," Curtiz set the standard for every boxing film made since 1937. Many modern tropes first appeared in "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Curtiz frequently returned to his partnerships with actors Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

Golden Era of Hollywood (08:34)

Curtiz made a series of World War II themed films before filming "Yankee Doodle Dandy," which began shooting the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Casablanca," earned Curtiz his first Oscar. "Passage to Marseille" predated "Inception" and created many of the "flashback" troupes used in the film.

Curtiz's Masterpieces (13:38)

"Night and Day" is a biography of composer Cole Porter. "White Christmas" was the greatest success of Curtiz's career. He is now thought to be one of the most influential directors of all time, but is less well-known because he made so many types of films.

Credits: Michael Curtiz (00:43)

Credits: Michael Curtiz

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Michael Curtiz helped popularize the classic swashbuckler with Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). He directed many drama classics such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and Mildred Pierce (1945) as well as the musicals Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and White Christmas (1954). But he is best known for creating one the most-loved films of all time Casablanca (1942) with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL168770

ISBN: 978-1-64481-752-0

Copyright date: ©2018

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