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Edward Dmytryk

 

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Director / Producer / Editor
1908 - 1999 
Born September 4, Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada
Key Production Countries: USA, UK
Key Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Film Noir, Melodrama
Key Collaborators: Joseph MacDonald (Cinematographer), Albert S. D'Agostino (Production Designer), John Paxton (Screenwriter), Adrian Scott (Producer), Harry Gerstad (Editor), Arthur Franz (Character Player), Roy Webb (Composer), Harry Wild (Cinematographer), Frank Bracht (Editor), Joseph Noriega (Editor)
Highly Recommended: Murder, My Sweet (1944), Warlock (1959)
Recommended: Cornered (1945), Crossfire (1947), Obsession (1949), The Sniper (1952), Broken Lance (1954), The Caine Mutiny (1954), Mirage (1965)
Worth a Look: Christ in Concrete (1949), The Mountain (1956), Raintree County (1957), The Young Lions (1958)
Approach with Caution: Hitler's Children (1943), Till the End of Time (1946), So Well Remembered (1947), Walk on the Wild Side (1962), The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Duds: Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ TCMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide[ Film Reference ] [ Wikipedia ] [ Dmytryk Profile ] [ Screen Online Biography ] [ Well Known Canadians ] [ Noir Filmography of Edward Dmytryk ] [ Obituary ]
Books: [ Odd Man Out: A Member of the Hollywood Ten ] [ On Film Editing: An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction ] [ On Screen Writing ] [ It's a Hell of a Life, But Not a Bad Living ] [ Cinema: Concept and Practice ] [ On Screen Directing ] [ On Filmmaking ] [ Hollywood's Golden Age: As Told by One Who Lived it All ]
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250 Quintessential Noir Films: Murder, My Sweet (1944), Cornered (1945), Crossfire (1947), The Sniper (1952)
 
Murder, My Sweet (1944)Warlock (1959)Cornered (1945)The Caine Mutiny (1954)
 
     
  "Independent American director who has tackled a wide range of subjects with uneven results...He made several provocative early features, including Hitler's Children (1943), Farewell, My Lovely (1944), and Crossfire (1947), before being caught up in the McCarthy witch-hunt investigations. A period of exile followed. Returning to Hollywood he made a number of prestigious films which lacked the forthright impact of his earlier, smaller films." - (The International Encyclopedia of Film, 1972)  
     
  "In the mid-'40s, Edward Dmytryk made several superior B-movies that mixed suspense with social comment; but after a clash with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, he went into artistic decline, ironically with more expensive, prestigious projects." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)  
     
  "His early films were mostly routine action and light fare. His first interesting work was Hitler's Children (1943), an engrossing anti-fascist drama. Next he directed two exciting suspense thrillers, Murder, My Sweet and Cornered, both starring Dick Powell. Dmytryk win respect among film critics with his 1947 Crossfire, Hollywood's first serious attempt to deal with the subject of racial discrimination." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
     
  "Action films with extreme tension and characters motivated by obsession and neurosis characterize Dmytryk's style." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  
     
  "Technical skill counts for nothing if it is used only to manufacture films which have little to do with humanity." - Edward Dmytryk  
     
 

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