Mauritz Stiller
Date of Birth
Jul 17, 1883
Birth Place:
Helsinki, Finland


Swedish filmmaker Mauritz Stiller was, next to Victor Sjöström, the greatest director of Swedish cinema's golden age. Stiller, the Helsinki-born son of Russian-Polish Jewish parents, was orphaned at four and then adopted by the Katzmans, a family of haberdashers. As a youth he attended Hebrew school, took violin lessons and apprenticed at their business until he was conscripted into the Czar's...