Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone (born Lev Milstein) (September 30 1895 - September 25 1980) was an Academy Award-winning motion picture director. He is known for directing "Two Arabian Knights" (1927), "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), "The General Died at Dawn" (1936), "Of Mice and Men" (1940), "Ocean's Eleven" (1960), and "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962).

Milestone was born in Kishinev, Bessarabia, Imperial Russia (now Chişinău), Moldova). He came to the United States just prior to World War I. Milestone held a number of odd jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Signal Corps, where he worked as an assistant director on Army training films during the war. In 1919 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

After the war he went to Hollywood, where he first worked as a film cutter, and later as an assistant director. Howard Hughes promoted Milestone to director, and one of his early efforts, the 1928 film "Two Arabian Knights", won him an Oscar in the first Academy Award ceremony. He also directed "The Racket", an early gangster film, and later helped Hughes direct scenes for his aviation saga "Hell's Angels" (for which he never received credit).

Milestone won his second Academy Award for "All Quiet on the Western Front", a harrowing screen adaptation of the antiwar novel by Erich Maria Remarque. His next, "The Front Page", brought the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play to the screen. It earned him another Oscar nomination. His work during the 1930s and 1940s was always easily identifiable by its lighting and imaginative use of fluid camera. He worked extensively in television from the mid 1950s.

Lewis Milestone died in 1980, and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Academy Award nominations

*1940 Nominated "Of Mice and Men"
*1931 Nominated "The Front Page"
*1930 Won "All Quiet on the Western Front"
*1929 Won "Two Arabian Knights"

Filmography as a director

*1963 – "Arrest and Trial" (television) series
*1962 – "Mutiny on the Bounty"
*1960 – "Ocean's Eleven"
*1959 – "Pork Chop Hill"
*1957 – "Have Gun — Will Travel" (television series)
*1954 – "La Vedova X"
*1954 – "They Who Dare"
*1953 – "Melba"
*1952 – "Kangaroo"
*1952 – "Les Misérables"
*1950 – "Halls of Montezuma"
*1949 – "The Red Pony"
*1948 – "No Minor Vices"
*1948 – "Arch of Triumph"
*1946 – "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"
*1945 – "A Walk in the Sun"
*1944 – "The Purple Heart"
*1944 – "Guest in the House"
*1943 – "The North Star"
*1943 – "Edge of Darkness"
*1941 – "My Life with Caroline"
*1940 – "Lucky Partners"
*1939 – "The Night of Nights"
*1939 – "Of Mice and Men"
*1936 – "The General Died at Dawn"
*1936 – "Anything Goes (film)"
*1935 – "Paris in Spring"
*1934 – "The Captain Hates the Sea"
*1933 – "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum"
*1932 – "Rain"
*1931 – "The Front Page"
*1930 – "All Quiet on the Western Front"
*1929 – "Betrayal"
*1929 – "New York Nights"
*1928 – "The Racket"
*1928 – "Tempest" (uncredited)
*1928 – "The Garden of Eden"
*1927 – "Two Arabian Knights"
*1927 – "The Kid Brother" (uncredited)
*1926 – "Fine Manners" (uncredited)
*1926 – "The New Klondike"
*1926 – "The Caveman"
*1925 – " Seven Sinners"
*1919 – "Fit to Win"
*1918 – "Positive"
*1918 – "Posture"
*1918 – "The Toothbrush"

External links

*imdb name|id=0587277|name=Lewis Milestone

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