Stiller, Mauritz Biography

biography of Stiller, Mauritz

Stiller, Moshe
17 July 1883, Helsinki, Finland
18 November 1928, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden (infective pleurisy)

-   Was Greta Garbo's mentor, and brought her to Hollywood. He was abruptly fired from directing her second MGM Hollywood film, "The Temptress", after repeated arguments with MGM execs and was soon let go. Unable to hold a job in Hollywood, he returned to Sweden in 1928 and died shortly after at the age of 45. Garbo was devastated.

-   Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1063-1069. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

-   His Hollywood Walk of Fame star was originally listed under the erroneous name "Maurice Diller".

-   One of the primary directors of early Swedish film, rivaled only by 'Victor Sjöström' (qv). Main works include _Herr Arnes pengar (1919)_ (qv), _Erotikon (1920)_ (qv) and _Gösta Berlings saga (1924)_ (qv), the latter starring 'Greta Garbo' (qv).

-   Was an actor of the Swedish Theatre of Helsinki in his youth.

-   The son of Polish-Russian parents, he escaped to Sweden via Finland in order to avoid being conscripted into the Tsarist Army.

-   Started as an actor with the Svenska Bio company in 1911. Graduated to writing and directing the following year.

-   His directing style was entirely autocratic, in that he demanded total control over all facets of his production -- something he could never have hoped to achieve in Hollywood, and which contributed significantly to his failure there.

-   _The Silent Lovers (1980) (TV)_ (qv)

-   "Variety" (USA), 14 November 1928, "Mauritz Stiller"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 26 September 1925, pg. 344, "Mauritz Stiller Here"

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  1. Street of Sin (1928) (producer)