King Vidor

Portrait King Vidor
Director, Author, Producer - USA
Born February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, US
Died November 1, 1982 in Paso Robles, CA, US

Mini-Biography:
King Vidor was born on February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, US. He was an American Director, Author, Producer, known for Hallelujah (1929), Duel in the Sun (1946), The Wizard of Oz (1939), King Vidor's first movie on record is from 1913. King Vidor died on November 1, 1982 in Paso Robles, CA, US. His last motion picture on file dates from 1981.
Biographical Notes in German: King Vidor, am 8. Februar 1894 als Sohn eines wohlhabenden texanischen Fabrikanten in Galveston zur Welt gekommen, sollte nach dem Willen des Vaters Ingenieur werden. Doch Vidor entschied sich anders. Als Bildreporter fing er an, arbeitete in den verschiedensten Filmsparten in Hollywood, bis er 1919 seinen ersten eigenen Spielfilm inszenieren konnte. Schon früh zeigte sich sein ausgeprägter Sinn für visuelle Effekte. Mit dem souverän inszenierten Antikriegsfilm "The Big Parade" erlebte er 1925 seinen endgültigen Durchbruch. 1928 schuf er mit "The Crowd" ("Ein Mensch der Masse") einen der wenigen Hollywood-Filme jener Zeit, die sich mit der bitteren Realität des "american way of life" auseinander setzten. 1930 schrieb er Filmgeschichte mit "Hallelujah", einem der frühesten Musicals und dem ersten Tonfilm mit schwarzer Besetzung. Zu seinen Triumphen auf dem Gebiet des opulenten Hollywood-Kinos gehören die großen Dramen leidenschaftlicher Gefühle "Duell in der Sonne" (1946) und "Wildes Blut" (1952), der Kirk-Douglas-Western "Mit stahlharter Faust" und last, not least die epische Tolstoi-Verfilmung "Krieg und Frieden" (1956) mit Audrey Hepburn und Mel Ferrer.
Fünfmal wurde Vidor für den Regie-Oscar nominiert - für "Ein Mensch der Masse" (1928), für "Hallelujah" (1930), für "Der Champ" (1931) mit Wallace Beery, der den Oscar als bester Hauptdarsteller gewann, für "Die Zitadelle" (1938) und für "Krieg und Frieden" (1956). Gewonnen hat er ihn nie, dafür aber wurde er 1979 mit einem Spezial-Oscar für seine besonderen Verdienste um den Film bedacht. Übrigens: Er verbuchte einen Eintrag ins Guinnessbuch der Rekorde als der Regisseur mit der längsten Karriere. Sie dauerte 67 Jahre, startete 1913 mit dem Stummfilm "Hurricane in Galveston" (bei dem 1900 Tausende starben, Vidor überlebte ihn wie durch ein Wunder) und endete 1980 mit dem Dokumentarfilm "The Metaphor". (Walter Greifenstein, BR Presse)

King Vidor Filmography [Auszug]
1981: Love and Money (Cast: Walter Klein), Directed by James Toback, with Armand Assante, Klaus Kinski, Ornella Muti,
1973: The Men who Made the Movies - King Vidor (Cast: King Vidor), Directed by Richard Schickel,
1959: Solomon and Sheba (Director), with Yul Brynner, Finlay Currie, Gina Lollobrigida,
1956: Guerra e Pace (War and Peace) (Director), with Milly Vitale, Oskar Homolka, Audrey Hepburn,
1955: Man without a star (Director), with Richard Boone, William Campbell, Jeanne Crain,
1952: Ruby Gentry (Director), with Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden,
1951: Japanese war bride (East Is East (Working title)) (Director), with Shirley Yamaguchi, Don Taylor, Cameron Mitchell,
1951: Lightning strikes twice (Director), with Mercedes McCambridge, Ruth Roman, Zachary Scott,
1949: The fountainhead (De Opstandeling) (Director), with Paul Stanton, Paul Harvey, Jerome Cowan,
1949: Beyond the forest (Director), with David Brian, Regis Toomey, Mary Servoss,
1948: On Our Merry Way (A Miracle can happen) (Director), Directed by Leslie Fenton, with James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Paulette Goddard,
1946: Duel in the Sun (Director), Directed by William Cameron Menzies, with Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck,
1944: American Romance (Producer), with Brian Donlevy, Ann Richards, Walter Abel,
1941: H.M. Pulham, Esq. (Producer), with Robert Young, Van Heflin, Charles Halton,
1940: Northwest-Passage (Director), with Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton,
1940: Comrade X (Director), with Eve Arden, Felix Bressart, Clark Gable,
1939: The Wizard of Oz (Director: (/xx/)), Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, with Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger,
1938: The Citadel (Director), with Robert Donat, Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker,
1937: Stella Dallas (Director), with Barbara O'Neil, Dickie Jones, Nella Walker,
1936: The Texas Rangers (Producer), with Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie, Jean Parker,
1935: So red the Rose (Director), with Janet Beecher, Walter Connolly, Robert Cummings,
1935: The Wedding Night (Director), with Ralph Bellamy, Gary Cooper, Anna Sten,
1934: Our daily bread (Director), with Tom Keene, Karen Morley,
1933: The Stranger's return (Director), with Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Miriam Hopkins,
1932: Cynara (Director), with Phyllis Barry, Ronald Colman, Kay Francis,
1932: Bird of Paradise (Director), with Dolores Del Rio, Skeets Gallagher, John Halliday,
1931: The Champ (Director), with Roscoe Ates, Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper,
1931: Street Scene (Director), with Beulah Bondi, William Collier jr., Max Montor,
1930: Billy the Kid (Director), with Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson,
1930: Not so dumb (Director), with Marion Davies, George Davis, Sally Star,
1929: Hallelujah (Director), with Fanny Belle de Knight, William Fountaine, Harry Gray,
1928: Show People (Director), with Claire Windsor, William Haines, Harry Gribbon,
1928: The Patsy (The Politic Flapper) (Director), with Orville Caldwell, Marion Davies, Marie Dressler,
1927: The Crowd (One of the Mob (Working title)) (Director), with Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach,
1926: Bardelys the Magnificent (Producer), with John Gilbert, Karl Dane, Eleanor Boardman,
1925: La Bohème (Director), with Blanche Payson, Gino Corrado, Mathilde Comont,
1925: The Big Parade (Director), with John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth,
1925: Proud Flesh (Director), with Eleanor Boardman, Pat O'Malley, Harrison Ford,
1924: The Wife of the Centaur (Director), with Eleanor Boardman, John Gilbert, Aileen Pringle,
1924: Wine of Youth (Director), with Eleanor Boardman, William Haines, Creighton Hale,
1924: Happiness (Director), with Hedda Hopper, Pat O'Malley, Laurette Taylor,
1924: His Hour (Director), with Emily Fitzroy, John Gilbert, Aileen Pringle,
1923: Wild Oranges (Director), with Frank Mayo, Virginia Valli, Ford Sterling,
1923: Three wise fools (Director), with Claude Gillingwater, Eleanor Boardman, William H. Crane,
1923: Peg o'my heart (Director), with Mahlon Hamilton, Aileen O'Malley, Russell Simpson,
1923: Souls for Sale (Cast: Cameo), Directed by Rupert Hughes, with Eleanor Boardman, Mae Busch, Barbara La Marr,
1923: The Woman of Bronze (Director), with John Bowers, Kathryn McGuire, Edwin Stevens,
1922: The Real adventure (Director), with Clyde Fillmore, Lilyan McCarthy, Philip Ryder,
1922: The Royal Adventure (Director),
1922: Woman, wake up (Director), with Louis Calhern, Charles Meredith, Florence Vidor,
1922: Dusk to Dawn (Director), with Jack Mulhall, Florence Vidor, Sidney Franklin,
1921: Conquering the Woman (Director), with Peter Burke, David Butler, Roscoe Karns,
1921: Love never dies (Producer), with Madge Bellamy, Julia Brown, Frank Brownlee,
1921: The Sky Pilot (Director), with John Bowers, David Butler, Colleen More,
1920: The Jack Knife Man (Director), with Bobby Kelso, Claire McDowell, Harry Todd,
1920: The Family Honor (Director), with Ben Alexander, Roscoe Karns, Charles Meredith,
1919: Poor Relations (Director), with William DuVaull, Charles Meredith, ZaSu Pitts,
1919: The other half (Director), with David Butler, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Meredith,
1919: Better Times (Director), with David Butler, Jack McDonald, ZaSu Pitts,
1918: The Turn in the Road (Director), with Ben Alexander, Lloyd Hughes, George Nichols,
1918: The Case of Bennie (Judge Brown Series #16: The Case of Bennie) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: There Goes the Bride (Story), Directed by Roy Clements, with Eddie Lyons, Lee Moran, Betty Brown,
1918: Kid Politics (Judge Brown Series #15: Kid Politics) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: The Three Fives (Judge Brown Series #14: The Three Fives) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: Dog vs. Dog (Judge Brown Series #13: Dog vs. Dog) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: Love of Bob (Judge Brown Series #12: Love of Bob) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: I'm a Man (Judge Brown Series #11: I'm a Man) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: A Boy Built City (Judge Brown Series #10: A Boy Built City) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: The Rebellion (Judge Brown Series #9: The Rebellion) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: The Accusing Toe (Judge Brown Series #8: The Accusing Toe) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Wharton Jones,
1918: Thief or Angel (Judge Brown Series #7: Thief or Angel) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: The Preacher's Son (Judge Brown Series #6: The Preacher's Son) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: Marrying Off Dad (Judge Brown Series #5: Marrying Off Dad) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: Tad's Swimming Hole (Judge Brown Series #4: Tad's Swimming Hole) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: The Lost Lie (Judge Brown Series #3: The Lost Lie) (Director), with Ruth Hampton, Thomas Bellamy, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: The Chocolate of the Gang (Judge Brown Series #2: The Chocolate of the Gang) (Director), with Thomas Bellamy, Ruth Hampton, Ernest Butterworth Jr.,
1918: Bud's Recruit (Judge Brown Series #1: Bud's Recruit) (Director: (AKA King W. Vidor) ), with Wallace Brennan, Robert Gordon, Ruth Hampton,
1917: The Fifth Boy (Scenario), Directed by Raymond Wells, with Buster Emmons, Guy Hayman, Gilbert Kurland,
1913: Hurricane in Galveston (Director),
1913: The Grand Military Parade (Director),

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