Milan Herzog

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Milan Herzog est né le 23 août 1908 à Vrobec (Croatie). Il étudie le droit à Paris et travaille comme correspondant étranger dans toute l'Europe. En 1940, il fuit la guerre et émigre aux États-Unis avec sa famille. Il devient citoyen américain la même année. Il est chef de service au US Office of War Information puis commentateur pour la radio Voice of America. Il commence à travailler chez Encyclopedia Britannica Films en 1946 et y reste jusqu'à sa retraite, en 1973. Il y produit environ 400 films éducatifs qui sont projetés dans les écoles, parmi lesquels une soixantaine de films sur des sujets liés aux sciences humaines et trois longues séries de films pour l'apprentissage des langues étrangères : La Familia Fernandez (espagnol 1er niveau), Emilio en España (espagnol 2e niveau) et Je parle français (français 1er niveau). Milan Herzog parle lui-même cing langues couramment.
Une fois à la retraite, il continue à produire des films indépendants à Los Angeles pendant une vingtaine d'années.
Il décède le 20 avril 2010.


Filmographie partielle :
Airplane trip by jet
Amazon: People and Resources of Northern Brazil
Answering the Child’s Why (1951)
Art in the Western World (dir. John Walker)
Antibiotics
Balanced Aquarium
Ballad of the West
Beginning to Date
Biography of the Unborn
Brass Choir
Building a House (Warren Everote produced the 1947 version of this film. Herzog may have produced the 1963 revision)

Children in Autumn
Children in Spring
Children in Summer
Children in Winter
Children of Holland
Children of Ireland
China Under Communism (1959)
Christmas Rhapsody, A (1948)
Christmas Through the Ages (1955?)
Circus: Serrina Becomes an Acrobat (dir. David W. Culver)
Circus Day in Our Town (1949)
Colombia and Venezuela (2nd ed.)
Conducting Good Music
Danzas Regionales Españolas (?)
Don't Get Angry (1953)
El Teatro Español: El Villano en su Rincon (Pts. I, II, & III) (?)
Electrostatics (1958)
Elephant Baby
Emilio en España series (comprising 27 films). 10 other films were identified under the Coloquios Culturales series, with the same cast and crew as the 'Emilio' series.
Exploring the Night Sky

Farmer, The
Fireman, The (1954)
France and Its People
Freight Train
French Children
Frontiers in Space
Fuels: Their Nature and Use
Fundamentals of the Nervous System (co-produced with William Kay)
Gas Laws and Their Application (Boyle, Charles. And Gay-Lussac)
Geological Work of Ice
Getting Along with Parents (1954)
Greek Children
Heat: its Nature and Transfer
Hindu Family
How Our Bodies Fight Disease (1955)
Humanities: a Bridge to Ourselves (1974)

India
India (Pakistan and the Union of India)
India: Customs in the Village
India: Introduction to its History
Jamestown: the First English Settlement in America
Jan: Boy of the Netherlands (dir. Irving Rusinow)
Je Parle Français series (comprising an estimated 120 films) In addition two other films were made, 'Teaching French with Films, Pt 1: Listening and Speaking,' (prod. Irving Rusinow) and 'Teaching French with Films, Pt 2: Reading and Writing.' Both films were directed towards teachers that used the series in their classes.
La Familia Fernández series (comprising 54 films)
La Familia Sanchez (Spanish version of 'Spanish Children')
La Guarda Cuidadosa (?)
Laws of Motion
Learning About Your Nose
Let's Go to the Circus (?) Library Story (1952)
Los Habladores (?)

Maestros de la Pintura (?)
Mailman (1947)
Making Books (1947) Meaning of Long Division
Meaning of Time in Science, The (1973, dir. Kent Smith. Features Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project)
Meaning of Plus and Minus
Medieval Crusades
Medieval Gilds
Medieval Knights
Medieval Manor (1956) Minerals and Rocks: Stones of the Earth
Mother Cat and Her Baby Skunks (1958, dir. James F. Bishop)
Netherlands: Blueprint for an Urban Society
Night Before Christmas
Nose: Structure and Function
Number System
Obesity
Our Community (1952)

Pakistan (1954)
Panama Canal
Passenger Train (1954)
People of the Netherlands
People of Spain
Percussion Group
Personality and Emotions (1954)
Planter of Colonial Virginia
Poland: Land Under Communism (1960)
Pueblo Andaluz (?)
Reading Maps
Rotterdam-Europort: Gateway to Europe (dir. Irving Rusinow)
Skeleton
Sleep for Health (1950)
Soviet Challenge
Soviet Union: Faces of Today (dir. Arnold Michaelis, prod. Herzog)
Soviet Union: Epic Land (dir. Arnold Michaelis, prod. Herzog)
Soviet Union: A Student's Life
String Choir
Symphony Orchestra (2nd Ed)

Time and Clocks (PSSC series)
Tobacco and the Human Body (1954)
Toothache of a Clown (co-directed with David W. Culver)
Tom Savage: Boy of Early Virginia
Trip by Jet, A
Trip to the Moon, A (1957, co-produced with William Peltz)
Trip to the Planets (prod. Alex Haberstroh)
Tugboats

Understanding the Law
Understanding Vitamins
Une Famille Bretonne (French version of French Children)
Vacances en Normandie
Viaje á Mejico (Spanish version of 'Airplane Trip to Mexico')
Viaje por el Norte de España (?)
Viaje por el Sur de España(?)
Visit with Cowboys, A
What is a Bird?
What Plants Need for Growth
Why Foods Spoil
Woodwind Choir
Yugoslav Boy: the Story of Frane (dir. Niksa Fulgosi and Octavian Miletic)
Zoo's-Eye View: Dawn to Dark (dir. James Oliver)


Produced for Barr Films:

In the mid 1980s, Milan and Shanta Herzog produced a series of films that were sold as Social Studies films in their English versions, and Foreign-language instruction films in their native language versions. They were released in 1988:

France - Fontaine Family
France - History and Culture
France - Land and People

Spain: History and Culture
Spain: Jose and His Family
Spain: Land and People

Espana - Geografia y Poblacion - Advanced
Espana - Geografia y Poblacion - Beginning
Espana - Historia y Cultura - Advanced
Espana - Historia y Cultura - Beginning
Espana - Jose y Sus Parientes - Advanced

France: Histoire et Culture
France: La Familie Fontaine
France: Le Pays et le Peuple

Produced for Tadié-Cinema, France:

Cave Man, The (dir. Guy Jorré, prod. Milan Herzog)

Sources:
Geoff Alexander, Films You Saw in School, A Critical Review of 1,153 Educatioal Films (1958-1985) in 74 Subject Categories, McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC, 2014.
Encyclopedia Britannica(consulté le 19 juillet 2018)
Academic Film Archive of North America (consulté le 19 juillet 2018)

Milan Herzog on Medfilm

External links

Milan Herzog - A Man of Many Talents
The Life of Milan Herzog