Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me."Birth Name: Jonas Sternberg
Nicholas Josef von Sternberg, Cinematographer: Dark Future. Nicholas von Sternberg has been involved in the motion picture industry since infancy. He was first introduced to the set when only a year old on his father's production of 'The Saga of Anahatan', produced in Kyoto, Japan in 1953.Author: Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
A poor factory worker, employed by a wealthy uncle, falls in love with a beautiful heiress but his happiness and promising future are jeopardized by a previous affair with a coworker he impregnated. Director: Josef von Sternberg Stars: Phillips Holmes, …
May 24, 2018 · Josef von Sternberg, born Jonas Sternberg (29 May 1894 – 22 December 1969) was an Austrian-American film director. His family emigrated permanently to the United States when he was fourteen, and he grew up in New York City.Parents: Serafina Vonsternber, Maurice/Moses Moshe (von)Sternberg
Josef von Sternberg, Director: The Devil Is a Woman. Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me."Author: Josef von Sternberg
His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me. A chance meeting in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, led to a new career in the cleaning and repair of movie prints. As an apprentice film-maker, from around to the early s, von Sternberg developed a lasting contempt for most of the directors and producers he worked for an exception was Emile Chautard , who acted in some of Sternberg's films of the s , and was sure that he could improve on their products. Staked to a few thousand dollars -- even then an absurdly small budget -- von Sternberg proved himself right with The Salvation Hunters , which became a critical and financial hit. For the next couple of years he seesawed between acclaim and oblivion, sometimes on the same project for instance, he received the rare honor of directing a film for Charles Chaplin , but it was shelved after only one showing and later disappeared forever. His commercial breakthrough was Underworld , a prototypical Hollywood gangster film; behind the scenes, von Sternberg successfully battled Ben Hecht , the writer, for creative control. With The Last Command , starring the equally strong-willed Emil Jannings , von Sternberg began a period of almost a decade as one of the most celebrated artists of world cinema. Both his film career and his personal life were transformed in the making of The Blue Angel Chosen by Jannings and producer Erich Pommer to make Germany's first major sound picture, von Sternberg gambled by casting Marlene Dietrich , then obscure, as Lola Lola, the night-club dancer who leads Jannings' character into depravity. The von Sternberg-Dietrich story, both on-screen he directed her in six more movies and off he became one of her legions of lovers, more in love with her than most is a staple of film histories. His films of the mid-'30s are among the most visionary ever made in Hollywood, but in spite of their visual sumptuousness, contemporary audiences found them dramatically inert. The films' mediocre box office and a falling-out with Ernst Lubitsch , then head of production at Paramount Pictures Sternberg's employer , meant that after The Devil Is a Woman he would never again have the control he needed to express himself fully. In his sardonic autobiography, he more or less completely disowned all of his subsequent films. In spite or perhaps because of his truncated career and bitter personality, von Sternberg remains a hero to many critics and filmmakers. His best films exemplify the proposition, as he put it, that in any worthwhile film the director is "the determining influence, and the only influence, despotically exercised or not, which accounts for the worth of what is seen on the screen. Sign In. Edit Josef von Sternberg. Showing all 39 items. Father of Nicholas Josef von Sternberg. He maintained such a tyrannical, imperious personality when shooting films that Robert Mitchum threatened to throw him off a pier when they were shooting Macao He had an intense creative and sexual relationship with Marlene Dietrich. Was voted the 37th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. Pages New York: The H. Wilson Company, Is portrayed by Hans Werner Meyer in Marlene Ulmer , Raoul Walsh. Knopf, Jannings won for his performance in The Last Command Although born in Vienna, von Sternberg was brought to Manhattan for his education. Von Sternberg had a disastrous two picture deal at MGM during the middle 20s. Louis B. Mayer hated his work on "The Exquisite Sinner" and ordered the film reshot by Phil Rosen, and von Sternberg disliked working with Mae Murray so much in "The Masked Bride" that he walked out after shooting a few reels and was replaced by Christy Cabanne. Claimed he should get sole writing credit for "The Blue Angel. In the USA he got in touch with the film business in and he made first experiences as a director assistant in movies like "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" In Josef von Sternberg became a chief director and he realised numerous movies in the 20s like "The Last Command" - Emil Jannings got for his role as Gen. Many of his movies did not fulfill the expectation at the cinema box office and many of his shootings were very difficult because Josef von Sternberg was an autocrat. In he also wrote his first screenplay for "By Divine Right" where he was also engaged as a director assistant. His last movie as an assistant was for the box office hit "It" Josef von Sternberg went to Germany where he worked together with Emil Jannings again. But despite the superstar Emil Jannings it was a young actress who stole the show from everybody. Marlene Dietrich impersonated the role of Lola Lola so intensely that she became a world star straightaway. The movie itself belongs to the most important German productions of the 30s. They worked together for six more movies which cemented Marlene Dietrich's status as a star. Served with the U. He has directed four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: It uncredited , The Last Command , The Docks of New York and Morocco Nothing has ever been invented that is more cumbersome to make than the motion picture.
Not Rated 88 min Drama, History, Romance. A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary. Votes: 3, Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend. A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. Votes: 4, Approved 79 min Comedy, Drama, Romance. A young man is warned by a captain about a temptress; nonetheless, he finds himself falling in love with her. The sea motif is employed as a device counterpointing a psychologically dramatic though simple love story. Votes: Passed 85 min Crime, Drama, Film-Noir. A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Moran, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt's girl. See full summary ». Not Rated 88 min Crime, Drama. Votes: 1, Not Rated min Drama, Music. An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. Passed 92 min Drama, Romance. A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself. Votes: 6, Approved 82 min Adventure, Drama, Romance. A notorious woman rides a train through a dangerous situation with a British captain she loved. Approved 96 min Crime, Drama, Romance. A poor factory worker, employed by a wealthy uncle, falls in love with a beautiful heiress but his happiness and promising future are jeopardized by a previous affair with a coworker he impregnated. Approved 91 min Drama, Romance, War. Votes: 2, Not Rated 93 min Drama. A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation. Passed min Drama, History, Romance. A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power. Passed 80 min Action, Crime, Drama. A highly respected Irish cop is pleased when his son follows him onto the force. Unfortunately, the son is more interested in rewards than in upholding the law. When he shoots a child Approved 85 min Comedy, Musical, Romance. Approved 95 min Crime, Drama, Film-Noir. In Shanghai, dragon-lady 'Mother' Gin Sling operates a gambling house for wealthy patrons but she clashes with influential land developer Sir Guy Charteris who wants to put her out-of-business. Passed 81 min Adventure, Crime, Drama. Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. A cowardly young man, a bitter young woman and a helpless child live on the docks, spend their days full of ennui watching a dredge dig the same hole day in and day out, chased around by A young bourgeois Dominique Prad spurns his family's lucrative silk business for the bohemian life of an artist. Fleeing his estate to join a band of gypsies, the mentally unstable painter falls in love with a pretty gypsy maiden, Silda. In late 19th century Vienna, Lena Smith, a naive peasant girl from Hungary, has a child by a corrupt young cavalry officer, and goes to work his house as a servant, hiding the truth from Star: Nicholas Josef von Sternberg.