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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Michael Curtiz

You really should know who MICHAEL CURTIZ (1886-1962) is! He was Warner Brothers' best director in the 30s and 40s, and showed an amazing versatility in directing many different types of movies.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Poster

A fine place to start is by viewing: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Curtiz was a great action director, and nowhere is his deft camera direction better displayed than in this film. Watch the duel between Sir Guy and Robin Hood near the end of the picture, and you will see what I mean.

See that and pay attention to the following four films.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Curtiz shows competency even in this musical, and a magnificent cast doesn't hurt either.
Casablanca (1942) Yes, I had to list this movie. It is a tribute to Curtiz's direction (as well as his fine cast) that they could take a mediocre story and turn it into something great.
Life With Father (1947) This is a sparkling production that shows Curtiz's prowess in comedy.
Captain Blood (1935) This is another action adventure, this time on the high seas.

*Contributed by: "Charles T." Date: Feb 12 2002 / 10:04:12

Academy Awards®
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1938 Nominated for Best Achievement in Directing: FOUR DAUGHTERS
1938 Nominated for Best Achievement in Directing: ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES
1942 Nominated for Best Achievement in Directing: YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
1943 Won Best Achievement in Directing: CASABLANCA