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Josef von Sternberg

Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Cinematographer | * 05/29/1894 († 75, 11/22/1969) | Vienna, Austria
Josef von Sternberg (German: [ ˈjoːzɛf fɔn ˈʃtɛɐ̯nbɛɐ̯k]) born Jonas Sternberg, 29 May 1894 – 22 December 1969) was an Austrian-American filmmaker whose career successfully spanned the transition from the silent to the sound era, during which he worked with most of the major Hollywood studios. He is best known for his film collaboration with actress Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s, including the highly regarded Paramount/UFA production, The Blue Angel (1930). Sternberg's finest works are noteworthy for their striking pictorial compositions, dense décor, chiaroscuro illumination and relentless camera motion, endowing the scenes with emotional intensity. He is also credited with initiating the gangster film genre with his silent era movie Underworld (1927). Sternberg's themes typically offer the spectacle of an individual's desperate struggle to maintain their personal integrity as they sacrifice themselves for lust or love. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Morocco (1930) and ()
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Josef von Sternberg, born Jonas Sternberg, 29 May 1894 – 22 December 1969, was an Austrian-American film director. He is considered one of the earliest 'auteur' filmmakers, having filled many other roles on his films including those of cinematographer, screenwriter, and editor. Sternberg's style influenced later directors, particularly those of the film noir period. He is particularly noted for his distinctive mise en scène, use of lighting and soft lens, and collaboration with actress Marlene Dietrich.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Documentaries

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Awards & Nominations for Josef von Sternberg

Deutscher Filmpreis 2x Academy Award for Best Director

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Movies with Josef von Sternberg as Actor(5)

as Himself - Director1967 The Epic That Never Was
as Narrator (voice)1953 Anatahan
as himself1925 1925 Studio Tour

Movies with Josef von Sternberg as Crew(57)

Directing/Director1957 Jet Pilot
Camera/Director of Photography1953 Anatahan
Directing/Director1953 Anatahan
Writing/Screenplay1953 Anatahan
Production/Executive Producer1953 Anatahan
Directing/Director1952 Macao
Directing/Director1944 The Town
Directing/Director1941 The Shanghai Gesture
Writing/Adaptation1941 The Shanghai Gesture
Writing/Writer1941 The Shanghai Gesture
Directing/Director1940 I Take This Woman
Directing/Director1939 Sergeant Madden
Directing/Director1938 The Great Waltz
Directing/Director1936 The King Steps Out
Crew/Cinematography1935 The Devil Is a Woman
Directing/Director1935 The Devil Is a Woman
Directing/Director1935 Crime and Punishment
Directing/Director1934 The Scarlet Empress
Editing/Editor1934 The Scarlet Empress
Production/Producer1934 The Scarlet Empress
Directing/Director1932 Blonde Venus
Editing/Editor1932 Blonde Venus
Production/Producer1932 Blonde Venus
Directing/Director1932 Shanghai Express
Crew/Additional Music1931 Dishonored
Directing/Director1931 Dishonored
Editing/Editor1931 Dishonored
Writing/Writer1931 Dishonored
Directing/Director1931 An American Tragedy
Production/Producer1931 An American Tragedy
Writing/Writer1931 An American Tragedy
Directing/Director1930 The Blue Angel
Writing/Writer1930 The Blue Angel
Directing/Director1930 Morocco
Directing/Director1929 The Case of Lena Smith
Directing/Director1929 Thunderbolt
Directing/Director1928 The Last Command
Writing/Story1928 The Last Command
Writing/Story1928 Street of Sin
Editing/Editor1928 The Wedding March
Directing/Director1928 The Docks of New York
Production/Producer1928 The Docks of New York
Directing/Director1928 The Dragnet
Directing/Director1927 Children of Divorce
Directing/Director1927 It
Directing/Assistant Director1927 It
Directing/Director1927 Underworld
Directing/Director1926 A Woman of the Sea
Directing/Director1926 Exquisite Sinner
Writing/Writer1926 Exquisite Sinner
Directing/Director1925 The Salvation Hunters
Editing/Editor1925 The Salvation Hunters
Production/Producer1925 The Salvation Hunters
Writing/Screenplay1925 The Salvation Hunters
Directing/Assistant Director1922 The Bohemian Girl
Directing/Assistant Director1921 The Highest Bidder
Directing/Assistant Director1919 The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Born: Tuesday, 05/29 1894 (May) in Vienna
Died: Saturday, 11/22 1969 (November) in Hollywood (aged: 75)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: German (DE), English (EN)
Other names for Josef von Sternberg (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Джозеф фон Штернберг"
Josef von Sternberg frequently works together with these people:
Jules Furthman (10x, Crew)
Travis Banton (10x, Crew)
Hans Dreier (8x, Crew)
Erich von Stroheim (8x, Actor)
Marlene Dietrich (7x, Actress)
Cedric Gibbons (5x, Crew)
Sam Winston (5x, Crew)
Harry D. Mills (5x, Crew)
Bert Glennon (5x, Crew)
Émile Chautard (5x, Actor)
Adolph Zukor (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:53028, Added: 05/17/2018, Last updated: 11/14/2020