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Theodore Kosloff is a Actor and Choreographer Russe born on 22 january 1882 at Moscow (Russie)

Theodore Kosloff

Theodore Kosloff
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Birth name Fiodor Mikhaïlovitch Koslov(Фёдор Михайлович Кослов)
Nationality Russie
Birth 22 january 1882 at Moscow (Russie)
Death 22 november 1956 (at 74 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Theodore Kosloff (January 22, 1882 – November 22, 1956) was a Russian-born ballet dancer, choreographer and film and stage actor. He was occasionally credited as Theodor Kosloff.

Biography

Après sa formation à l'Académie de chorégraphie de Moscou, dont il est diplômé en 1901, il débute comme danseur professionnel au théâtre Bolchoï. En 1909, alors membre de la troupe de ballet du théâtre Mariinsky de Saint-Pétersbourg, il intègre les Ballets russes de Serge de Diaghilev qui entament la même année une tournée internationale. Celle-ci le mène aux États-Unis, où il s'installe définitivement, adoptant le nom américanisé de Theodore Kosloff.

En 1912, il devient chorégraphe au sein des Ballets russes et à Broadway. Sur les scènes new-yorkaises, il exerce entre 1912 et 1918, comme acteur, chorégraphe (principalement) et danseur, dans trois revues, deux comédies musicales et une pièce.

Par ailleurs, enseignant la danse, il a notamment comme élèves Agnes de Mille, Jeanie Macpherson et Charles Weidman. La première est la fille de William C. de Mille et la nièce de Cecil B. DeMille, auquel la seconde le présente. Ainsi, Theodore Kosloff débute comme acteur au cinéma, dans Les Conquérants (le premier des douze films qu'il tourne sous la direction de Cecil B. DeMille), sorti en 1917, avec Geraldine Farrar et Wallace Reid.

En tout, il apparaît dans vingt-sept films muets américains, le dernier sorti en 1928. Mentionnons aussi L'Échange (1920, avec Gloria Swanson et Thomas Meighan), La Rançon d'un trône (1923, avec Anna Q. Nilsson et Milton Sills) et Les Bateliers de la Volga (1926, avec William Boyd et Elinor Fair), du même Cecil B. DeMille ; à noter également dans cette même période, trois réalisations de William C. de Mille.

Theodore Kosloff retrouve Cecil B. DeMille dans le film parlant Madame Satan (avec Kay Johnson et Reginald Denny), sorti en 1930, où il se produit comme danseur. Suivra un dernier film comme acteur, Pension d'artistes de Gregory La Cava (avec Katharine Hepburn et Ginger Rogers), sorti en 1937, où il tient le petit rôle non crédité d'un professeur de danse.

Toujours au cinéma, il est sollicité comme chorégraphe pour cinq films. Trois sont dirigés par Cecil B. DeMille, dont Le Réquisitoire (1922, avec Leatrice Joy et Thomas Meighan) et Samson et Dalila (1949, avec Hedy Lamarr et Victor Mature), leur ultime collaboration.

Après son retrait de l'écran comme acteur, Theodore Kosloff ouvre une école de danse à Los Angeles, où il meurt en 1956.

Pour sa contribution au cinéma, une étoile lui est dédiée sur le Walk of Fame d'Hollywood Boulevard.

Best films

Samson and Delilah (1949)
(Choreographer)

Usually with

Julia Faye
Julia Faye
(14 films)
Anne Bauchens
Anne Bauchens
(13 films)
William Boyd
William Boyd
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Theodore Kosloff (25 films)

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Actor

Stage Door
Stage Door (1937)
, 1h32
Directed by Gregory La Cava, James Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about television, Films based on plays
Actors Katharine Hepburn, Franklin Pangborn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, William Corson, Pierre Watkin
Roles Le professeur de danse
Rating76% 3.846863.846863.846863.846863.84686
Terry Randall (Katharine Hepburn) moves into the Footlights Club, a theatrical rooming house in New York. Her polished manners and superior attitude make her no friends among the rest of the aspiring actresses living there, particularly her new roommate, flippant, cynical dancer Jean Maitland (Ginger Rogers). From Terry's expensive clothing and her photograph of her elderly grandfather, Jean assumes she has obtained the former from her sugar daddy, just as fellow resident Linda Shaw (Gail Patrick) has from her relationship with influential theatrical producer Anthony Powell (Adolphe Menjou). In truth however, Terry comes from a very wealthy, upper class, Midwest family. Over the strong objections of her father, Henry Sims (Samuel S. Hinds), she is determined to try to fulfill her dreams on her own. In the boarding house, Terry's only supporter is aging actress Catherine Luther (Constance Collier), who appoints herself Terry's mentor.
Madam Satan, 1h56
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Aviation films, Musical films
Actors Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth, Roland Young, Boyd Irwin, Wilfred Lucas
Roles Electricity
Rating64% 3.245293.245293.245293.245293.24529
Socialite Angela Brooks (Kay Johnson) discovers that her husband Bob (Reginald Denny) is cheating on her with Trixie (Lillian Roth).
The King of Kings, 1h55
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Rosson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film, Films about virginity
Actors H. B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut, James Neill, Jacqueline Logan
Roles Malchus - Captain of the High Priest's Guards
Rating71% 3.591533.591533.591533.591533.59153
We see Mary Magdalene, here portrayed as a wild courtesan, entertain many men around her. Upon learning that Judas is with a carpenter she rides out on her chariot drawn by zebras to get him back. Peter is introduced as the Giant apostle, and we see the future gospel writer Mark as a child who is healed by Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is shown as a beautiful and saintly woman who is a mother to all her son's followers. Our first sight of Jesus is through the eyesight of a little girl, whom He heals. He is surrounded by a halo. Mary Magdelene arrives afterwards and talks to Judas, who reveals that he is only staying with Jesus in hopes of being made a king after Jesus becomes the king of kings. Jesus casts the Seven Deadly Sins out of Mary Magdalene in a multiple exposure sequence.
The Volga Boatman, 2h
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Victor Varconi, Julia Faye, Robert Edeson, Theodore Kosloff
Roles Stefan
Rating65% 3.281223.281223.281223.281223.28122
Les amours d'un batelier et d'une princesse, à la veille de la Révolution russe.
Feet of Clay
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Rod La Rocque, Vera Reynolds, Julia Faye, Ricardo Cortez, Robert Edeson, Theodore Kosloff
Roles Bendick

Kerry Harlan (La Rocque) is unable to work because he was injured in a battle with a shark, so his youthful wife Amy (Reynolds) becomes a fashion model. While she is away from home, Bertha, the wife of his surgeon, is trying to force her attentions on Kerry and is accidentally killed in an attempt to evade her husband. After the scandal Amy is courted by Tony Channing, but she returns to her husband and finds him near death from gas fumes. Because they both attempted to make suicide, their spirits are rejected by "the other side," and learning the truth from Bertha's spirit they fight their way back to life.
Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib (1923)

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Milton Sills, Elliott Dexter, Theodore Kosloff, Anna Q. Nilsson, Pauline Garon, Julia Faye
Roles Jaromir XIII - Deposed King of Morania
Rating69% 3.459763.459763.459763.459763.45976