Pitoëff, Georges

Pitoëff, Georges

Pitoëff, Georges, 1884-1939, Russian actor-manager. Although he had both engineering and law degrees, Pitoeff was drawn to the theater. He directed his own amateur company in St. Petersburg, and after World War I he emigrated to Paris, where he and his wife, the actress Ludmilla, greatly influenced French theater through their subtle and inventive productions of more than 200 plays. In addition to presenting an international repertoire including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Shaw and Pirandello, the Pitoëffs introduced the works of French innovators such as Cocteau and Anouilh.
Sacha Pitoëff (March 11 1920 - July 21 1990) was a French film actor.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Pitoëff's first film role was in 1952. Appearing in over 50 movies, he is probably best known for his performance in Alain Resnais' enigmatic Last Year at Marienbad (1960), as a character known simply as "M". He was also featured in roles of various sizes in such films as René Clément's Is Paris Burning? (1967), Anatole Litvak's Night of the Generals (1967), and Jacques Demy's Donkey Skin (1970). Toward the end of his career, he began appearing in horror films, including Dario Argento's Inferno (1980) and the low budget Patrick Still Lives (1980).


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