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Mauritz Stiller

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Swedish filmmaker Mauritz Stiller was, next to Victor Sjöström, the greatest director of Swedish cinema's golden age. Stiller, the Helsinki-born son of Russian-Polish Jewish parents, was orphaned at four and then adopted by the Katzmans, a family of haberdashers. As a youth he attended Hebrew school, took violin lessons and apprenticed at their business until he was conscripted into the Czar's army. Rather than serve he escaped to Sweden. He got involved in the Swedish film industry in 1912. Like his colleague Sjöström, Stiller was able to create sophisticated, lyrical films that earned Swedish cinema great international respect. His early films were usually elegant social satires, but after World War I, he began making epic adaptations of popular novels, those of Selma Lagerlöf in particular. On of those adaptations The Atonement of Gosta Berling (1924) introduced Greta Garbo, his protogee. At the invitation of mogul Louis B. Mayer, Stiller and Garbo went to Hollywood where her career exploded while his lagged behind as he found himself constantly battling the confines of the Hollywood studio system. His first American Garbo film, The Temptress (1926), was taken away from him. He found success with his next two films, but in all, he was not impressed with Hollywood and returned to Sweden in the late twenties. There he died of acute rheumatism at age 45.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Vampyren (The Vampire)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Vingarne (The Wings)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Madame de Thèbes (The Son of Destiny)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Hotel Imperial
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet The Temptress
  • Director
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet The Saga of Gosta Berling
  • Director
1924
No Score Yet Gunnar Hedes saga (Snowbound)(The Blizzard)(The Judgement)(The Old Mansion)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1923
No Score Yet Johan
  • Director
1921
No Score Yet Erotikon
  • Director
1920
No Score Yet Herr Arnes pengar (Sir Arne's Treasure)(Snows of Destiny)(The Three Who Were Doomed)
  • Director
1919
No Score Yet Song of the Scarlet Flower
  • Director
1919
No Score Yet Thomas Graal's First Child
  • Director
1918
No Score Yet Alexander den Store (Alexander The Great)
  • Director
1917
No Score Yet Thomas Graal's Best Film
  • Director
1917
No Score Yet The Springtime of Life (I livets var)
  • Actor

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