Remembering Mark Urman, an Independent Film Stalwart Gone Too Soon

IndieWire | 11/24/1952 | Staff
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The following remembrance was written by Deborah Davis, Mark Urman’s wife.

From Anatole Litvak’s “Anastasia,” the first movie he saw as a child at a picture palace in the Bronx, to Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” (his choice for this year’s Best Picture), Mark Urman was a man with a boundless passion for cinema. In the course of his nearly 50 years in film, Mark felt blessed to work with some of the greatest luminaries in the business, from Joseph Losey, David Lean, and Bernardo Bertolucci to Roman Polanski, Sydney Lumet, and Julian Schnabel.

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He also delighted in encouraging talents as they emerged, including Ryan Gosling, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Christian Bale, Liv Tyler, Marc Forster, Natasha Richardson, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Kevin Smith, Cary Fukunaga, Lee Daniels, and Bill Condon.

Mark was born in the Bronx on November 24, 1952, the son of Holocaust survivors Felix Urman and Michele Golubczyck and the younger brother of Dorothy Urman Denburg. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he attended public school, including James Madison High School.

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His film career began at Union College, where with a few friends, he ran a weekend film program that exhibited classic films. Admission was one dollar, which meant that Mark was rich in singles at the end of every showing. He always joked that he had more disposable income in college than he had at any other point in his life.

Union College was the setting for his storybook meeting with the love of his life, Deborah Davis. The two 18-year-olds met “cute,” as they say in the business, in a seminar, “The English Novel from Defoe to Hardy,” where they battled wits until they fell in love and stayed that way for the next 47 years. Mark’s first job after college was in...
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