Ivan Abramson

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Abramson in 1920
Her Husband's Wife (1916)
The Sex Lure (1916)

Ivan Abramson (1869 – September 15, 1934) was a director of American silent films active in the 1910s and 1920s.[1]

Abramson emigrated to the United States from Russia in the 1880s and soon became involved in the Jewish newspaper field. In 1905, he founded an opera company. In 1914, he founded Ivan Film Productions to produce silent films, with the Sins of the Parents as his first release. In 1917, after success with pictures including One Law for Both and Enlighten Thy Daughter, Abramson partnered with William Randolph Hearst to form the Graphic Film Corporation.[2]

Abramson's films feature melodramas with titillating titles such as Forbidden Fruit (1915) and A Child for Sale (1920), and sexual hygiene films such as The Sex Lure (1916) and Enlighten Thy Daughter (1917).[3][4] Abramson's alliance ended with the 1919 release of The Echo of Youth.

In 1923, Abramson and Sidney M. Goldin directed East and West, filmed in Austria and starring Molly Picon, and which had English and Yiddish subtitles.[1]

Abramson died on September 15, 1934 in New York at Mount Sinai Hospital, survived by his wife Liza Einhorn.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b Klein, Uru (10 December 2009). Cinema in the time of war, Haaretz
  2. ^ Pizzitola, Louis. Hearst over Hollywood, p. 111-125 (2002)
  3. ^ McLaren, Angus. Twentieth-century sexuality: a history, p. 42 (1999)
  4. ^ Ivan Film Productions v. Bell (New York Courts, 1916)
  5. ^ (16 September 1934). Ivan Abramson, Movie Man, Dies, The New York Times
  6. ^ (16 January 1945). Mrs. Ivan Abramson (obituary), The New York Times

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