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Also Known As: Marco Page Died: March 18, 1968
Born: January 5, 1909 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, novelist, playwright, reporter

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This Japanese-born director of photography is best known for two moody "art" films with director Alan Rudolph in the mid-1980s.After getting his start in experimental Japanese films, Kurita studied at the American Film Institute's Center of Advance Film Studies in Los Angeles. While at school, he worked as second unit director of photography on "Hard Rock Zombies" (1983), and later as camera operator on Paul Schrader's docudrama "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985).Kurita's next two films were his most high-profile: he was director of photography on Alan Rudolph's "Trouble in Mind" (a "new wave" gangster film of 1985 dismissed by some as pretentious), and "The Moderns," a more commercially successful drama about 1920s expatriates in Paris.Kurita has been director of photography on such other projects as the comedy-adventure "Powwow Highway" (1988), the action/adventure films "Shadow of China" (1990) and "A Rage in Harlem" (1991), the documentary "Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu" (1993), the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) and Matthew Broderick's directorial debut "Infinity" (1996).Kurita's limited work for American TV includes the "Grand Isle" (TNT, 1992), based on Kate Chopin's...

This Japanese-born director of photography is best known for two moody "art" films with director Alan Rudolph in the mid-1980s.

After getting his start in experimental Japanese films, Kurita studied at the American Film Institute's Center of Advance Film Studies in Los Angeles. While at school, he worked as second unit director of photography on "Hard Rock Zombies" (1983), and later as camera operator on Paul Schrader's docudrama "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985).

Kurita's next two films were his most high-profile: he was director of photography on Alan Rudolph's "Trouble in Mind" (a "new wave" gangster film of 1985 dismissed by some as pretentious), and "The Moderns," a more commercially successful drama about 1920s expatriates in Paris.

Kurita has been director of photography on such other projects as the comedy-adventure "Powwow Highway" (1988), the action/adventure films "Shadow of China" (1990) and "A Rage in Harlem" (1991), the documentary "Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu" (1993), the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) and Matthew Broderick's directorial debut "Infinity" (1996).

Kurita's limited work for American TV includes the "Grand Isle" (TNT, 1992), based on Kate Chopin's "The Awakening," "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee" (TNT, 1994) and "Woman Undone" and "Homecoming" (both Showtime, 1996).

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wife:
Eileen Tatlock-Miller. Divorced in 1944.

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Tony Scott ( 2006-03-22 )

Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever

A former reporter, he went to Hollywood in the late 30s to work on a screen adaptation of his own story, "Fast Company." Writer of novels and detective thrillers under the name of Marco Page, Kurnitz's political activities were brought into question after WWII, as were many others. He went to Europe for 15 years and saw a lot of his work reaching the screen under someone else's name. In 1965, the Harry Kurnitz Foreign Student Creative Writing Awards were born, and in his will it was noted that the awards continue after his death via a grant to the University of California, Los Angeles.

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