Rouben Mamoulian

Rouben Mamoulian

  • Highest Rated: 100% Silk Stockings (1957)
  • Lowest Rated: 80% City Streets (1931)
  • Birthday: Oct 8, 1897
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • An actor in Russian theater in the teens, Rouben Mamoulian relocated to England and began directing plays in London in 1922. He came to the U.S. the following year and was soon directing opera and theater. He helmed his first film in 1929, the landmark early talkie Applause. This backstage drama was noteworthy for its inventive camerawork and resourceful use of sound -- qualities that also defined Mamoulian's major works of the early 1930s: the crime drama City Streets (1931) with Gary Cooper; the horror tale Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) with Fredric March; the Lubitsch-inspired musical Love Me Tonight (1932), with Jeanette MacDonald; the historical drama Queen Christina (1933) with Greta Garbo; and the first Technicolor feature from Hollywood, the Thackeray adaptation Becky Sharp (1935). In the early '40s, Mamoulian's silent-film remakes, The Mark Of Zorro (1940) and Blood and Sand (1941), both starring Tyrone Power, were widely admired, but he went on to make only three more films: the comedy Rings on Her Fingers (1942) and the musicals Summer Holiday (1948), based on Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!," and Silk Stockings (1957), based on Lubitsch's film Ninotchka. Never one to compromise, Mamoulian started but was replaced on the films Laura (1944), Porgy and Bess, and Cleopatra (1963). He remained busy directing theater and opera, and staged the original productions of such celebrated works as Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Lost in the Stars.

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No Score Yet Rouben Mamoulian Actor 2007
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
100% Silk Stockings Director 1957
No Score Yet Gone to Earth Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Summer Holiday Director 1948
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers Director 1942
100% Blood and Sand Director 1941
91% The Mark of Zorro Director 1940
No Score Yet Golden Boy Director 1939
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Director 1937
No Score Yet The Gay Desperado Director 1936
No Score Yet Becky Sharp Director 1935
No Score Yet We Live Again Director 1934
90% Queen Christina Director 1933
No Score Yet The Song of Songs Director Producer 1933
100% Love Me Tonight Producer Director 1932
93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Producer Director 1931
80% City Streets Director 1931
85% Applause Director 1929


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