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Overview (5)

Born in San Diego, California, USA
Died in Berlin, Germany  (heart attack)
Birth NameEmil Anton Bundesmann
Nickname Tony
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anthony Mann was born on June 30, 1906 in San Diego, California, USA as Emil Anton Bundesmann. He was a director and writer, known for El Cid (1961), Men in War (1957) and The Glenn Miller Story (1954). He was married to Anna; 1 child Nicholas Anthony Mann, Sara Montiel and Mildred Mann. He died on April 29, 1967 in Berlin, Germany.

Spouse (3)

Anna; 1 child Nicholas Anthony Mann (1964 - 29 April 1967) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Sara Montiel (1957 - 1963) ( divorced)
Mildred Mann (1936 - 1957) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Liked to experiment with widescreen "scope" aspect ratios by placing major action on both the far left and right edges of the frame, often in the same shot.
Often included heavy elements of sadism in his films
Psychological Westerns

Trivia (9)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 723-731. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1964.
Father of Nina Mann.
From age 18 Mann worked on the Broadway stage as an actor, production manager and set designer, later progressing to directing. He joined David O. Selznick in 1938 as a casting director and talent scout, supervising screen tests for Gone with the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940) and Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939).
In Hollywood from 1939, Mann began as an assistant director at Paramount. Promoted to director, he began by turning out low-budget thrillers and films noir for studios like Republic, Eagle-Lion (formerly PRC) and RKO (1945-46). He was at MGM from 1949-51, but eventually made his breakthrough at Universal with a series of uncompromisingly tough, "psychological" westerns starring James Stewart. These films featured a recurrent theme of revenge, obsession and rage. They were superbly photographed on location, amidst spectacular, rugged scenery, providing an effective backdrop for the narrative and a counterpoint to the leading protagonist's psyche. In stark contrast, Mann also directed a nostalgic and popular (though inaccurate) biopic of bandleader Glenn Miller, The Glenn Miller Story (1954), again featuring Stewart.
Towards the end of his career Mann directed two major epics: El Cid (1961)--which was his last major success--and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), shot with an international cast at a cost of $18.4 million. Poorly received, the film bankrupted producer Samuel Bronston. Mann only directed two more films and died during shooting of A Dandy in Aspic (1968), which was completed by its star Laurence Harvey.
Cinematographer John Alton, who had retired in 1960, met former colleague Mann in a Swiss casino high up in the Alps. Mann was directing A Dandy in Aspic (1968) at the time and wanted Alton to shoot his next picture. Alton agreed to talk to him about it the next day, but Mann died before their meeting. According to Alton, "He'd been losing so much money at the casino, that probably helped kill him. The industry lost a great man". "Aspic" star Laurence Harvey finished directing the picture.
Some mystery appears to surround his origins. Philip Yordan, a scriptwriter on several of Mann's films, once spoke of his "very poor background", suggesting he had been born in poverty, and actor John Fraser even hinted in his memoirs that Mann may have been illiterate. However, other sources suggest that he was the son of an Austrian academic and his American wife and that his father was Catholic and his mother Jewish; Mann's close friend Peter Ustinov, who admired him greatly, told a television interviewer that Mann had once told him that he had grown up in a strange religious sect in a mountain community and had spent most of his childhood walking around naked.
Started directing Spartacus but a major disagreement with Kirk Douglas caused him to be replaced by Stanley Kubrick.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on Erich von Stroheim] He drove me mad. He was a genius. I'm not a genius; I'm a worker. Geniuses sometimes end up very unhappy, without a penny. That's what happened to Erich--and Preston Sturges, too.
[on Joseph Losey] Joe Losey's very good. The Servant (1963) is very effective, very well done--for its subject, extraordinarily well-done--and it broke new ground and many new barriers in terms of morals and so on. But it left you small and mean and petty; it didn't release you from anything; it drove home the oppression and weight of its theme rather than bursting you out of it.

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