Josef von Sternberg

Josef von Sternberg

Born May 29, 1894

Josef von Sternberg was an Austrian-American film director. After working with the award-winning German star Emil Jannings, he was invited to Berlin in 1930 to make one of Europe's first talkies, Der Blaue Engel with Jannings and an unknown revue-artist Marlene Dietrich. His flattering soft-focus technique helped to create the Dietrich legend in the six films they made together in Hollywood.… Read More

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1894 Birth Josef von Sternberg was born Jonas Sternberg in 1894 to a Jewish family in Vienna. … Read More


1915 21 Years Old Sternberg dropped out of Jamaica High School and worked as an errand boy in a lace warehouse. He later obtained a job cleaning and repairing movie prints. By about 1915 he was working for William A. Brady at the World Film Company at Fort Lee, New Jersey. … Read More
1919 25 Years Old Chautard hired Sternberg as an assistant director in 1919 for a version of The Mystery of the Yellow Room.


1925 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Sternberg made his directorial debut in 1925 with The Salvation Hunters, considered by some historians to be the first American independent film.
1929 35 Years Old Sternberg's career suffered a decline after Thunderbolt and he accepted an invitation to make a film in Germany. In 1929, Sternberg worked in Berlin, where he directed Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel; 1930) in both German and English versions simultaneously. … Read More
1932 38 Years Old In 1932, Sternberg commissioned the architect Richard Neutra to design the 'Von Sternberg House', an avant-garde American modernist residence. … Read More


1959 65 Years Old Between 1959 and 1963, Sternberg taught a course on film aesthetics at the University of California at Los Angeles, based on his own works. … Read More
1969 76 Years Old He died in 1969 from a heart attack, aged 75. … Read More
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