Martin Ritt

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Martin Ritt (born March 2, 1914 in New York , † December 8, 1990 in Santa Monica , California ) was an American film director . His best-known films include The Wildest Among A Thousand (1963), The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) and Man Called Him Hombre (1967).


Ritt came to acting in the 1930s through Elia Kazan , who brought him to the Group Theater . After fighting as a soldier in World War II , he returned to Broadway as an actor and director .

In the early 1950s he came to former activities for the Communist Party to the black list of the Committee on Un-American Activities . Since he could not find a job at first, he began to teach acting. Paul Newman , Rod Steiger, and Lee Remick were among his students at the time . Ritt was only able to direct a play on Broadway in 1956, and in 1957 he made his directorial debut in film. Ritt dealt with the experiences during his professional ban in his 1976 film Der Strohmann .

Martin Ritt was nominated once for an Oscar and a Golden Globe . He won prizes for his films at the film festivals in Cannes and Venice .




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