Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Contents

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Introduction: Forgotten Innovator

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pp. 1-6

Rouben Mamoulian is one of the twentieth century’s most important overlooked cultural figures. His bicoastal life as a director in Hollywood and on Broadway was highly unusual...

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Chapter 1. Caucasian Youth

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pp. 7-16

Rouben Mamoulian was born at the edge of the earth, in the heart of Eurasia at the seam where continents meet. His birthplace, Tiflis, was a cosmopolitan outpost on the lawless...

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Chapter 2. From West End to Rochester

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pp. 17-28

With the Russian civil war and the Bolshevik victory, many Russian subjects, including intellectuals and artists of all sorts, found themselves in exile from their homeland...

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Chapter 3. Young Lion of Broadway

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pp. 29-42

The Armory Show of 1913 had an incalculable effect on all the arts in the United States, but nowhere more than in New York City. The first significant American exhibition of postimpressionist...

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Chapter 4. The Sound of Applause

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pp. 43-50

By the time Mamoulian immigrated to the West, movies were no longer the flickering, largely stage-bound productions of cinema’s earliest years. The grammar of filmmaking was largely...

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Chapter 5. Hollywood: The Breakthrough Years

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pp. 51-66

Mamoulian could have continued working without interruption on Broadway for many years if he had so chosen. No less an authority than the New York Times dubbed...

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Chapter 6. Queen Garbo

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pp. 67-80

Mamoulian’s work with Marlene Dietrich in Song of Songs led to his next assignment, directing Greta Garbo in Queen Christina. Dietrich and Garbo were probably among the most whispered...

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Chapter 7. I Loves You, Porgy

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pp. 81-90

Rouben Mamoulian was not everyone’s first choice to direct the Theatre Guild’s premiere of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. Despite the success of...

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Chapter 8. Golden Boy

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pp. 91-104

On the night of December 23, 1935, director King Vidor summoned a handful of prominent colleagues to his Beverly Hills home to discuss their concerns. Probably the rumor of a pay...

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Chapter 9. Lost in the Stars

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pp. 105-122

Mamoulian refused all requests to work for the Theatre Guild during his busy Hollywood years of the late 1930s and early 1940s.1 Lacking an interesting movie project after...

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Chapter 10. Summer Holiday

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pp. 123-154

In between Oklahoma! and Carousel, in the midst of his greatest commercial successes on Broadway, Mamoulian returned to 20th Century Fox in the spring of 1944 to direct a movie...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 155-156

This book grew out of conversation with film historian Patrick McGilligan, to whom I am indebted. I am grateful to film historian Joseph McBride of San Francisco...

Notes

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pp. 157-180

Index

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pp. 181-191

Series Page

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pp. 192-192