The wonderful director Rouben Mamoulian (1897–1987) was BOTD in 1897. While he doesn’t have as many films to his credit as a lot of other directors, the ones he does have are very, very special.
These films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Queen Christina (1933), Golden Boy (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Blood and Sand (1941), and the colorful, lighthearted, and FUN Silk Stockings (1957).
Some of my favorite Rouben Mamoulian Quotes:
“I consider that color on the screen must be used as an emotion.”
( About Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931) “I don’t want Hyde to be a monster, Hyde is not evil, he is the primitive, the animal in us, whereas Jekyll is a cultured man, representing the intellect. Hyde is the Neanderthal man and [Fredric March’s] makeup was designed as such.”
“The most important critic is time.”
“You can have all the philosophy you like: if a film doesn’t come across in graphic terms, it falls short.”