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Val Lewton Overview:

Producer, Val Lewton, was born Vladimir Leventon on May 7, 1904 in Yalta, Russian Empire. Lewton died at the age of 46 on Mar 14, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA .

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Warner Archive: Four Atmospheric Horror Classics Produced by

By KC on Oct 14, 2016 From Classic Movies

In the early forties, Russian-American film producer was head of horror production at RKO Studios. In a precise agreement with the studio, for each film he was given a strictly limited budget, a title and instructions to keep the running time short. With these basic elements, an efficien... Read full article


: His Brand of Fear

By minooallen on Oct 29, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

His Brand of Fear In the magical world of movie making, it’s the director that usually gets all the creative glory. Heck, there’s even a popular notion in film criticism called the auteur theory that rests on that very idea. And while, yes, the director is often the most important creati... Read full article


The Blogathon: The 7th Victim

By Caftan Woman on Oct 31, 2012 From Caftan Woman

"In case of emergency I'm grabbing the box set. The cats can fend for themselves." - Caftan Woman Producer/writer ran his own B unit at RKO Studios for four years from 1942 to 1946 and left movie fans a slate of interesting and entertaining movies such as The Cat People,... Read full article


: diretor de uma so cena

By Lê on Oct 31, 2012 From Critica Retro

: diretor de uma só cena Quem leva para casa a estatueta dada ao vencedor do Oscar de Melhor Filme é o produtor da película. Apesar de ficar com o prêmio mais importante da Academia, poucos produtores são reconhecidos ou ficam famosos. São eles que investem em um filme que ninguém sa... Read full article


: diretor de uma só cena

By Lê on Oct 31, 2012 From Critica Retro

: diretor de uma só cena Quem leva para casa a estatueta dada ao vencedor do Oscar de Melhor Filme é o produtor da película. Apesar de ficar com o prêmio mais importante da Academia, poucos produtores são reconhecidos ou ficam famosos. São eles que investem em um filme que ninguém sa... Read full article


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Val Lewton Facts
Nephew of Russian actress Alla Nazimova

Wrote several scenes for Gone with the Wind (1939), such as the Atlanta depot sequence. Then, as a joke, he included an outrageously expensive scene with an elaborate elevator shot of hundreds of wounded soldiers. David O. Selznick read it and loved it so much, he had it put in the film.

Although two of his most famous films concerned cats--Cat People (1942) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944)--he in fact suffered from ailurophobia, a morbid fear of cats. He came up with the idea for "Curse of the Cat People" when he was swimming in a lake one night, saw some cats sitting on the shore staring at him, panicked and almost drowned.

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