Short Info

DiedApril 29, 1967, Berlin, Germany
SpouseAnna Mann, Sara Montiel, Mildred Mann
MarkOften included heavy elements of sadism in his films
FactCinematographer 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.


Anthony Mann (born June 30, 1906) was an American film director.

Mann was born in San Diego, California, to Jewish immigrants. His father, Emil, was a businessman, and his mother, Bertha (née Kohn), was a housewife. He had two brothers, Harold and Robert. Mann was educated at the Horace Mann School and Columbia University.

Mann began his career in 1929, working as an assistant director on Broadway productions. He made his film debut in 1934, directing the short film “The Devil Is a Sissy”. Mann’s first feature film was the 1936 drama “Dr. Broadway”.

Mann’s most famous films include the noir classics “T-Men” (1947) and “Raw Deal” (1948), the Westerns “Winchester ’73” (1950) and “The Naked Spur” (1953), and the historical epic “El Cid” (1961).

Mann was married three times. His first wife was actress Constance Dowling, with whom he had a daughter, Anne. His second wife was actress Sally Blane, with whom he had a son, Michael. His third wife was actress Jennifer Jones, with whom he had two daughters, Mary and Rebecca.

Mann died of a heart attack on April 29, 1967, at the age of 60.

General Info

Full NameAnthony Mann
DiedApril 29, 1967, Berlin, Germany
ProfessionActor, Film director
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseAnna Mann, Sara Montiel, Mildred Mann
ChildrenNina Mann, Nicholas Mann
ParentsEmile Theodore Bundsmann, Bertha Waxelbaum

Accomplishments

NominationsGolden Lion, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Grand Jury Prize, Venezia Classici Award for Best Restored Film
MoviesWinchester '73, The Man from Laramie, The Naked Spur, Man of the West, El Cid, Bend of the River, The Far Country, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Raw Deal, The Furies, T-Men, The Tin Star, The Glenn Miller Story, Devil's Doorway, Border Incident, Men in War, The Last Frontier, Side Street, Cimarron, ...

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Psychological Westerns
2Often included heavy elements of sadism in his films
3Liked 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.

Quotes

#Quote
1[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.
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.

Facts

#Fact
1Some 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.
2Cinematographer 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.
3Towards 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.
4In 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.
5From 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).
6Father of Nina Mann.
7Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1964.
8Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 723-731. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Movies

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Dandy in Aspic1968
The Heroes of Telemark1965
The Fall of the Roman Empire1964
El Cid1961
Cimarron1960
Man of the West1958
God's Little Acre1958
The Tin Star1957
Men in War1957
Serenade1956
The Last Frontier1955
Strategic Air Command1955
The Man from Laramie1955
The Far Country1954
The Glenn Miller Story1954
Thunder Bay1953
The Naked Spur1953
Bend of the River1952
Quo Vadis1951uncredited
The Tall Target1951
Devil's Doorway1950
The Furies1950
Winchester '731950
Side Street1949
Border Incident1949
Reign of Terror1949
He Walked by Night1948uncredited
Raw Deal1948
T-Men1947
Railroaded!1947
Desperate1947
The Bamboo Blonde1946
Strange Impersonation1946
Sing Your Way Home1945
Two O'Clock Courage1945
The Great Flamarion1945
Strangers in the Night1944
My Best Gal1944
Nobody's Darling1943
Moonlight in Havana1942
Dr. Broadway1942as Anton Mann
The Streets of New York1939TV Movie as Anthony Bundsmann

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Follow Me Quietly1949story
Desperate1947story

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quo Vadis1951second assistant director - uncredited
Sullivan's Travels1941assistant director - uncredited

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Dandy in Aspic1968producer
Men in War1957producer

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spartacus1960director: Libyan slave camp scenes - uncredited

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Django Unchained2012special thanks
Special Collector's Edition2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinépanorama1965TV Series documentaryHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6229 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorEl Cid (1961)
1962DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesEl Cid (1961)
1958DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesMen in War (1957)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Director9th place.
1958Golden LionVenice Film FestivalGod's Little Acre (1958)
1955DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Glenn Miller Story (1954)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1962Honorary AwardThessaloniki Film FestivalEl Cid (1961)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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