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Rouben Mamoulian
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Filmmaker
    (October 8, 1897-December 4, 1987)
    Born in Tbilisi, Georgia
    Film and theater director
    Directed the films 'Applause' (1929), 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' (1931), 'Love Me Tonight' (1932), 'Queen Christina' (1933), 'Becky Sharp' (1935), 'Golden Boy' (1939), 'The Mark of Zorro' (1940), 'Blood and Sand' (1941), 'Rings on Her Fingers' (1942), 'Summer Holiday' (1948) and 'Silk Stockings' (1957)
    On Broadway directed 'Porgy' (1927), 'Porgy and Bess' (1935), 'Oklahoma!' (1943), 'Carousel' (1945) and 'Lost in the Stars' (1949)
    He was nicknamed Mamoo.
    He included a cat in each of his films as a good luck token.
    He clashed repeatedly with Rodgers and Hammerstein during the Broadway runs of 'Oklahoma!' and 'Carousel,' and as a result was passed over for the film versions.
    His directing career came to an end after he was fired from his last two film projects, 'Porgy and Bess' (1959) and 'Cleopatra' (1963).
    His films were known for their innovative use of camera movement and sound.
    He directed the first Technicolor film, 'Becky Sharp.'
    His creative contribution to his films was so important that they sometimes carried the credit 'A Rouben Mamoulian Production,' even though he never actually produced any films.
    He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America (1982).

Credit: C. Fishel


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