Rouben Mamoulian: Articles

'Queen Christina': Greta Garbo Superb

Greta Garbo in 'Queen Christina.' Greta Garbo Queen Christina movie masterpiece. (Image: Greta Garbo as Queen Christina.) One of the most ambitious productions of the early '30s, the Greta Garbo star vehicle Queen Christina remains surprisingly modern in its execution thanks in large part to director Rouben Mamoulian's classy, assured […]

'Porgy and Bess': National Film Registry Selects Controversial & Hard-to-Find Black Musical

Porgy and Bess with Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge: one of this year's additions to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Samuel Goldwyn's final production, the Otto Preminger-directed 1959 film version of George and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose Heyward's 1935 Broadway opera Porgy and Bess was a box office […]

'The Song of Songs': Marlene Dietrich Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

In her first American film without the guidance of Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich was definitely up to the acting challenge of Rouben Mamoulian's The Song of Songs. Not only are there some fine performances in this 1933 Mamoulian effort, but the screenplay by Leo Birinsky and Samuel Hoffenstein, taken […]

Tyrone Power Interview with Researcher Maria Ciaccia: Fox Superstar's Hollywood Career

Tyrone Power: Q&A with researcher Maria Ciaccia about one of the biggest film stars of the 20th century Among the romantic leading men of the studio era, Tyrone Power, 20th Century Fox's top male star from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s, is my favorite. He wasn't the best actor […]

Fredric March Movies

Carole Lombard, Fredric March in a Nothing Sacred publicity shot. Fredric March has his “Summer Under the Stars” day on Monday, Aug. 24. Turner Classic Movies will present 13 Fredric March films, including the TCM premiere of Richard Boleslawski's Academy Award-nominated Les Miserables (1935), a handsome – if dramatically stale […]

Miriam Hopkins Biography: Q&A with Allan Ellenberger

Remembering Miriam Hopkins Although relatively forgotten and, when remembered, usually dismissed as a second-rate talent (quite possibly by those who have never seen her on film), Miriam Hopkins was actually a highly capable performer who worked with some of the most renowned directors in Hollywood history – Rouben Mamoulian, Ernst […]

Rouben Mamoulian Interview

Allan R. Ellenberger Collection Author Allan Ellenberger has posted on his blog parts of a 1983 interview writer David Del Valle conducted with director Rouben Mamoulian. In the interview, Mamoulian discusses working with Miriam Hopkins [above], infamous for her (alleged) scene-stealing obsession, in the classic 1931 horror drama Dr. Jekyll […]

'Applause': Rouben Mamoulian's Revolutionary Early Talkie Stars Broadway Legend Helen Morgan

Rouben Mamoulian was one of the most talented directors of all time. His early musical Applause proves it. Applause stars stage legend Helen Morgan (above) as Kitty Darling, a chubby burlesque dancer who can do a high-kick number onstage, then proceed directly to her dressing room and have a baby. […]

Rouben Mamoulian Retrospective at Film Forum

“Mamoulian,” a complete retrospective of Hollywood director Rouben Mamoulian (1897-1987), one of cinema's greatest stylists and innovators, will run at the Film Forum from Friday, September 7 through Tuesday, September 18. As per the Film Forum's press release, Mamoulian was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, to an Armenian family. He worked […]