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Mankiewicz, Joseph L. (Leo)

(1909–92) movie director/producer, screenwriter; born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (brother of Herman J. Mankiewicz). As a foreign correspondent in Berlin, he began translating German silent film titles into English, then went to Hollywood in 1929 to write titles and screenplays for Paramount. By 1936 he was a producer for Paramount, then Fox, directing his first film Dragonwyck in 1946. He went on to direct a series of literate, if overly literary films, winning Oscars for both screenplay and direction for both A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Alejandro Inarritu took best director for a second straight year, a feat matched by only two other filmmakers: John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. His brutal frontier epic The Revenant, which came in with a leading 12 nods and the favorite for best picture, also won best cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki.
This volume from the University Press of Mississippi series Conversations with Filmmakers provides valuable insights into the classical Hollywood cinema of the 1940s and 1950s through the eyes of writer, producer, and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Although often overlooked by contemporary film scholars and critics, Mankiewicz won consecutive Academy Awards in 1949 and 1950 for Best Screenplay and Best Direction for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve.
Brian Dauth and the University Press of Mississippi are to be congratulated for this fine collection of interviews, which should encourage contemporary film scholars to reconsider the contributions of Joseph L. Mankiewicz to classical Hollywood narrative during the studio era.
Humphrey Bogart (right) and Edmond O'Brien lend support, while writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz supplies the witty dialogue.
True, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1963 "Cleopatra" very nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox, resulting in the forced sale of its backlot to create today's Century City.
"Hers was the first name anybody even mentioned," says Rambo, "including Tom Mankiewicz [son of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the film's writer and director]."
Yes, it recalls Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winner All About Eve.
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The dialogue is sacred to film buffs: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Oscar-winning script for "All About Eve."
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