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Biographies

Biography: Henry Koster

Before 1932, he was primarily a writer of humorous and light screenplays, often in close collaboration with Kurt Bernhardt. His first film as director was Das Abenteuer der Thea Roland (1932).

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 12 comments

Biography: Fritz Lang

One of the most renown and accomplished directors of the 20th century, Lang’s exceptional career began as scriptwriter for Joe May’s company where he met his future wife Thea von Harbou.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 3 comments

Biography: Joe May

A businessman and operetta director, Joe May can be considered one of the founders of the German cinema.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 2 comments

Biography: Marlene Dietrich

The only world star the German cinema ever produced, Marlene Dietrich’s career spans from Weimar Germany to the Hollywood studios where she worked between 1930 and 1961 with the most acclaimed Hollywood directors.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 1 comment

Biography: Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid's acting career began in Max Reinhardt's theater in Vienna. Refusing to join the Nazi's actor guild in Berlin cut short his German career, but he became a celebrated stage actor in London.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 4 comments

Biography: Miklos Rozsa

Hungarian born Miklos Rozsa was a classical composer and as well as a composer for film. His best known American picture is Spellbound, which he wrote for director Alfred Hitchcock.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 5 comments

Biography: Werner Richard Heymann

He wrote the music for Ufa’s first talking picture, and became director of the Ufa orchestra and composer of many popular hits in Germany.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 8 comments

Biography: S.Z. Sakall

Hungarian S.Z. Sakall played an endearing “fussbudget” in over thirty movies between 1940 and 1950.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 6 comments
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