Creator / Joseph L Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1909–1993) started out as a writer at Paramount for movies featuring, among others, Jack Oakie and W.C. Fields
. When he moved to MGM in the mid-30's, he became a producer, producing such well-known works as The Philadelphia Story
and Woman of the Year.
In the mid-40s, he moved to 20th Century Fox and became a director, best known for such films as A Letter to Three Wives
and All About Eve
. In the early 50s, he left Fox and became independent, and later became infamous as the director of the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton version of Cleopatra
. His final film was 1972's Sleuth
Younger brother of Herman Mankiewicz (best known for co-writing Citizen Kane
), cousin of Tom Mankiewicz (who wrote several James Bond
films), and great-uncle of Turner Classic Movies
host Ben Mankiewicz.
Films directed by Mankiewicz include:
Mankiewicz's films include the following tropes:
- Academy Award: To date, the only writer/director to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay and Best Director two years in a row, for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the trademarks of his films, Addison DeWitt being the most notable example.
- Flashback: Mankiewicz was fond of this as a storytelling device; A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve use it to particularly good effect.
- Writer on Board: One of the main criticisms of his work was his overuse of this trope.