Boris Leven

Boris Leven

Gender: Male
Known for: Art
Birthday: 1908-08-13
Deathday: 1986-10-11 (78 years old)

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Boris Leven (in early movies – Boris Levin; August 13, 1908 – October 11, 1986) was a Russian-born Academy Award-winning art director and production designer whose Hollywood career spanned fifty-three years.Born in Moscow in the family of Israel Levin and Zinaida Narkirier, Leven emigrated to the United States in 1927 and became a naturalized citizen in 1938. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of Southern California, he attended the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City.Leven began his film career as a sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in 1933 and joined 20th Century Fox three years later. His first screen credit was as the art director for Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), for which he received the first of nine Oscar nominations.The designs Leven created over the years ranged from realistic to highly stylised. For Giant (1956), he constructed the Victorian home that sits isolated in a wide expanse of open field, which became an iconic image for the film. His work for West Side Story (1961), which won him the Academy Award for Best Color Art Direction, included actual New York City locations combined with a tenement rooftop and fire escape, inspired by the more abstract stage production, that were built on a soundstage. For New York, New York (1977), he created a fantasized version of Manhattan set in the 1940s.As an art director, Leven contributed to The Flying Deuces (1939), Hello Frisco, Hello (1943), Invaders from Mars (1953), The Silver Chalice (1954), and Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973), among others. His credits as production designer include Donovan's Brain (1953), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Two for the Seesaw (1962), The Sand Pebbles (1966), The Sound of Music (1965), Star! (1968), The Andromeda Strain (1971), Mandingo (1975), The Last Waltz (1978), The King of Comedy (1982), Fletch (1985) and The Color of Money (1986).Leven married Vera Glooshkoff on February 8, 1946. He died in Los Angeles, California. Vera Leven died at the age of 101 in June 2011. Prior to her death, she had passed several of Boris Leven's paintings and film drawings to the University of Southern California and New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

Filmography

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Production Design
The Color of Money (1986)

The Color of Money (1986)

Movie
1
Production Design
Wildcats (1986)

Wildcats (1986)

Movie
6
ProductionDesigner
The King of Comedy (1982)

The King of Comedy (1982)

Movie
7.75
Production Design
Matilda (1978)

Matilda (1978)

Movie
ProductionDesigner
The Last Waltz (1978)

The Last Waltz (1978)

Movie
Production Design
New York, New York (1977)

New York, New York (1977)

Movie
6
Production Design
Mandingo (1975)

Mandingo (1975)

Movie
Production Design
Reflections of Murder (1974)

Reflections of Murder (1974)

Movie
Production Design
Shanks (1974)

Shanks (1974)

Movie
Production Design
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Movie
ProductionDesigner
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)

Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)

Movie
Production Design
The Andromeda Strain (1971)

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Movie
6.55
ProductionDesigner
Star! (1968)

Star! (1968)

Movie
Production Design
The Sand Pebbles (1966)

The Sand Pebbles (1966)

Movie
Production Design
The Sound of Music (1965)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Movie
6.95
ProductionDesigner
Strait-Jacket (1964)

Strait-Jacket (1964)

Movie
Production Design
Two for the Seesaw (1962)

Two for the Seesaw (1962)

Movie
Production Design
West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story (1961)

Movie
3.29
Art Direction
September Storm (1960)

September Storm (1960)

Movie
Production Design
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Movie
3.67
Production Design
Zero Hour! (1957)

Zero Hour! (1957)

Movie
5.33
Production Design
My Gun Is Quick (1957)

My Gun Is Quick (1957)

Movie
Production Design
Giant (1956)

Giant (1956)

Movie
5.86
Art Direction
The Silver Chalice (1954)

The Silver Chalice (1954)

Movie
ProductionDesigner
Crazylegs (1953)

Crazylegs (1953)

Movie
Art Direction
Invaders from Mars (1953)

Invaders from Mars (1953)

Movie
7
Set Designer
The Star (1952)

The Star (1952)

Movie
4.33
Art Direction
Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Movie
Art Direction
Sudden Fear (1952)

Sudden Fear (1952)

Movie
ProductionDesigner
Chicago Calling (1951)

Chicago Calling (1951)

Movie
Art Direction
The Prowler (1951)

The Prowler (1951)

Movie
Art Direction
Woman on the Run (1950)

Woman on the Run (1950)

Movie
ProductionDesigner
The Second Woman (1950)

The Second Woman (1950)

Movie
Art Direction
Destination Murder (1950)

Destination Murder (1950)

Movie
Art Direction
House by the River (1950)

House by the River (1950)

Movie
Art Department Manager
Dakota Lil (1950)

Dakota Lil (1950)

Movie
Art Direction
Search for Danger (1949)

Search for Danger (1949)

Movie
Art Direction
Criss Cross (1949)

Criss Cross (1949)

Movie
Art Direction
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Movie
Art Direction
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

Movie
Art Direction
Home Sweet Homicide (1946)

Home Sweet Homicide (1946)

Movie
Art Direction
Shock (1946)

Shock (1946)

Movie
Art Direction
Doll Face (1945)

Doll Face (1945)

Movie
Art Direction
Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Movie
Art Direction
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

Movie
Art Direction
Second Chorus (1941)

Second Chorus (1941)

Movie
Art Direction
Everybody's Baby (1939)

Everybody's Baby (1939)

Movie
Art Direction
Just Around the Corner (1938)

Just Around the Corner (1938)

Movie
Art Direction
Down on the Farm (1938)

Down on the Farm (1938)

Movie
Art Direction
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Movie

Information

Known for
Art

Gender
Male

Birthday
1908-08-13

Deathday
1986-10-11 (78 years old)

Place of birth
Moscow, Russia

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color

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Bernard Herzbrun
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Bernard Herzbrun worked together with Boris Leven in:
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Lynn Stalmaster
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Lynn Stalmaster worked together with Boris Leven in:
5 Movies
Howard Bristol
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Howard Bristol worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Dan Perri
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Dan Perri worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Edward G. Boyle
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Edward G. Boyle worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Jacques Mapes
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Jacques Mapes worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Bert Stevens
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Bert Stevens worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
James Flavin
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James Flavin worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Harold Miller
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Harold Miller worked together with Boris Leven in:
4 Movies
Maria P. Donovan
Boris Leven
Maria P. Donovan worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Frances C. Richardson
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Frances C. Richardson worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Gwen Wakeling
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Gwen Wakeling worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Gerald Endler
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Gerald Endler worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
John P. Austin
Boris Leven
John P. Austin worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Ben Nye
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Ben Nye worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Walter M. Scott
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Walter M. Scott worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
David Buttolph
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David Buttolph worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Orry-Kelly
Boris Leven
Orry-Kelly worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Saul Chaplin
Boris Leven
Saul Chaplin worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Edward L. Alperson
Boris Leven
Edward L. Alperson worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Mardik Martin
Boris Leven
Mardik Martin worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
William Reynolds
Boris Leven
William Reynolds worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Hall Bartlett
Boris Leven
Hall Bartlett worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Robbie Robertson
Boris Leven
Robbie Robertson worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Natalie Wood
Boris Leven
Natalie Wood worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Albert Dekker
Boris Leven
Albert Dekker worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Peter Brocco
Boris Leven
Peter Brocco worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Richard Crenna
Boris Leven
Richard Crenna worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Franklyn Farnum
Boris Leven
Franklyn Farnum worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
Bess Flowers
Boris Leven
Bess Flowers worked together with Boris Leven in:
3 Movies
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