Mankiewicz, Joseph L.

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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).
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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.
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