Josef von Sternberg
Film director
Josef von Sternberg
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.
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TV and art films: Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 - Reading Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
Among Hollywood's most prestigious efforts of the 1930s were the seven films that director Josef von Sternberg made with his muse, Marlene Dietrich. Some today may find them dated, or even (per Susan Sontag) campy; but there are others of us for whom
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Bonhams to launch classic car auction in Scottsdale - Auction Central News
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The screen goddess' personal car was a gift to her by director Josef von Sternberg of Paramount Studios, in likely tribute to her role as femme fatale Lola Lola in the classic German/English film Der Blaue Engel. Von Sternberg also collaborated with
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Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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A veteran of the industry, Ballard had already worked on over 50 pictures, including works by Samuel Fuller, Budd Boetticher, Otto Preminger, Josef von Sternberg, Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks and Henry Hathaway before working with Kubrick,
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The 100 Essential Directors Part 7: Kenji Mizoguchi to Satyajit Ray - PopMatters
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Influenced by William Wyler and Josef von Sternberg, his films offer fluid, lyric imagery while earnestly relating human hardships. Mizoguchi first gained renown in the 1930s for sensitively chronicling the lives of working-class women in films like
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Film to look at life, career of Asian-American actress - Merced Sun-Star
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From her humble beginnings in a Chinese laundry, she went on to star in pictures such as Technicolor's "Toll of the Sea" (1922), EA Dupont's "Piccadilly" (1929) and Josef von Sternberg's "Shanghai Express" (1932) with Marlene Dietrich
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This Week in Movie History: 'A Place in the Sun' Lights Up Theaters - Moviefone (blog)
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Paramount did make the movie in 1931, with a new script and under the direction of Josef von Sternberg. Dreiser sued the studio, unsuccessfully, to prevent the release of this version, which focused more on psychology than class distinctions,
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A Feast of Classic Films - Indie Wire (blog)
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... producer Peter Snell, director Ryan Williams, Sony Pictures archivist Grover Crisp, The Alloy Orchestra (which played for Josef von Sternberg's Underworld), veteran screenwriter Stewart Stern and esteemed film scholar Jeanine Basinger
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A life way beyond colorful - Kansas City Star
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He composed some of his signature work on the baby grand in her hotels (and then in her eccentric modernist abode, built for film director Josef von Sternberg, in Weehawken, NJ). The baroness' "moveable feast" of a jazz salon resulted in more than 400
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Pencil This In: A Magic Bus Ride and Music on a School Night - LAist
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The film is preceded by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the short film Two Tars (1928) and a fragment from the 1928 lost film The Case of Lena Smith, directed by Josef von Sternberg, courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna
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A life way beyond colorful | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-08-07 - Philadelphia Inquirer
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He composed some of his signature work on the baby grand in her hotels (and then in her eccentric modernist abode, built for film director Josef von Sternberg, in Weehawken, NJ). The baroness' "moveable feast" of a jazz salon resulted in more than 400
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Movies and Film Series July 29 — Aug. 4
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Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies . ‘Another Earth’ (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction
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SF Silent Film Festival: early Marlene Dietrich - San Francisco Chronicle
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Marlene Dietrich was a little-known Berlin stage actress who appeared occasionally in small roles in German silent films when Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg (Vienna-born, Long Island-raised) blew into Germany and discovered her
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SFSFF 2011: Line-up Preview - Twitch
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Released one year before her star-making turn in The Blue Angel, this is the film that proves the Dietrich persona was not entirely crafted by director / svengali Josef von Sternberg. In this potboiler that travels from the French Riviera to an Alpine
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Now in Rep Cinemas: Controversial Directors, Forbidden Desires, A Woman Under ... - Torontoist
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Stories about how he made Björk cry and how the “von” in his name is an elaborate put-on, an in-joke suggesting noble blood and hat-tip to Josef von Sternberg and Erich von Stroheim. Or how at different points in his life he's self-identified as a Jew,
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Ο Γαλάζιος άγγελος - ANTENNA
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Ο Emil Jannings και η Marlene Dietrich πρωταγωνιστούν στην ταινία του Josef von Sternberg, "Ο Γαλάζιος άγγελος". Ο καθηγητής Rath, εργάζεται σε ένα λύκειο και είναι ο τυπικός, παλαιών αρχών αυστηρός δάσκαλος, που ζει μια άχαρη, μίζερη και άδεια ζωή
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Un documental sobre Segundo de Chomón, premio al mejor DVD en Bolonia - ABC.es
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Entre los títulos finalistas se encontraban "Josef Von Sternberg", "The Elia Kazan Collection", la versión restaurada por Pathé de "Il Gattopardo", "Mean Streets" de Martin Scorsese, o "Modern Times" de Chaplin, informa el Departamento de Cultura de la
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Cranky Hanke's Screening Room: Ken Russell: The Right Filmmaker at the Right ... - Mountain Xpress
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Considering that the movies I liked best—the works of Lubitsch, Rouben Mamoulian, Josef von Sternberg, James Whale, early Hitchcock—were in a similarly stylish, flamboyant key, I might have responded positively. But it's not a given by any means
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Book Report: Something for everyone in this novel - Coon Rapids Herald
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When it was rumored that her Svengali, director Josef von Sternberg was going to leave his wife for Marlene, he replied “I'd as soon share a phone booth with a frightened cobra.” For all her unpredictability one thing is certain
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News of Athens' Cinema Scene - Flagpole Magazine
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I'll introduce Ernst Lubitsch's final film, Cluny Brown , followed by Sanni Baungartner with Josef von Sternberg's first collaboration with Marlene Dietrich, The Blue Angel . The series wraps up with two musicals: Jacques Demy's lovely The Umbrellas of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Josef von Sternberg
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 74
    He died in 1969 from a heart attack, aged 75.
    More Details Hide Details He was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California near several film studios.
  • 1959
    Age 64
    Between 1959 and 1963, Sternberg taught a course on film aesthetics at the University of California at Los Angeles, based on his own works.
    More Details Hide Details His students included Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, who went on to form the rock group The Doors. The group recorded songs referring to Sternberg. Manzarek describes Sternberg as "perhaps the greatest single influence on The Doors." When not working in California, Sternberg lived in a house that he built for himself in Weehawken, New Jersey. Sternberg wrote an autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry (1965); the title was drawn from an early film comedy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1932
    Age 37
    In 1932, Sternberg commissioned the architect Richard Neutra to design the 'Von Sternberg House', an avant-garde American modernist residence.
    More Details Hide Details Ayn Rand later bought it and lived in it. The house was eventually demolished in 1972 when a later owner decided to redevelop the lot. Sternberg contributed to the glamorous image of stars such as Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Rita Hayworth and Dolores del Rio, helping to create and define this concept in Hollywood. Macao (1952) was Sternberg's last Hollywood film, and the next year his Anatahan (1953) was made in Japan. It is the story of a group of Japanese soldiers who refused to believe that the Second World War had ended. Sternberg wrote, narrated, photographed, and also directed the film. His last work, it had limited release and was a financial failure. He had co-directed Jet Pilot (1957) in Hollywood while still under contract to producer Howard Hughes. It was released seven years after he completed it.
  • 1929
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This became widely acclaimed. It was Sternberg's second film with the German actor Emil Jannings, who played the doomed Professor Rath. (The first was The Last Command.) Sternberg cast the then little-known Marlene Dietrich as Lola Lola, the female lead; as a result, she became an international star overnight. He then invited her to the US, welcoming her with gifts including a green Rolls-Royce Phantom II. The car later appeared in their first US film Morocco. Sternberg and Dietrich later continued to collaborate in the United States on six notable films: Morocco (1930), Dishonored (1931), Shanghai Express (1932), Blonde Venus (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), and The Devil is a Woman (1935). The Scarlet Empress is particularly celebrated for its atmospheric and suggestively demonic production design.
  • 1925
    Age 30
    Actor/co-producer Elliott Dexter added the nobiliary particle 'von' to Sternberg's name in 1925 during the production of By Divine Right, supposedly to "even up" the credits as they appeared on screen.
    More Details Hide Details Sternberg did not protest, as he liked the suggestion of comparison with director Erich von Stroheim, whom he greatly admired.) Charlie Chaplin was impressed by The Salvation Hunters, and encouraged Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford to acquire the rights to it. Pickford asked Sternberg to direct a film with her as star, but rejected his first scenario. Chaplin commissioned him to write and direct A Woman of the Sea (also known as The Sea Gull), starring his former star and lover Edna Purviance, but later destroyed the film. Still photographs from A Woman of the Sea were published by Purviance's family in 2008. Sternberg had some commercial success later in the 1920s at Paramount Pictures with the late-period silent films The Last Command and The Docks of New York (both 1928). These were both noted for their influential cinematography. His reputation was also advanced by a series of early gangster films including Underworld (1927) and Thunderbolt (1929).
    Sternberg made his directorial debut in 1925 with The Salvation Hunters, considered by some historians to be the first American independent film.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1919
    Age 24
    Chautard hired Sternberg as an assistant director in 1919 for a version of The Mystery of the Yellow Room.
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  • 1915
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details There he was mentored by Emile Chautard and other French-speaking directors and cinematographers at World.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1894
    Born
    Josef von Sternberg was born Jonas Sternberg in 1894 to a Jewish family in Vienna.
    More Details Hide Details When he was two years old, his father Moses (Morris) Sternberg, a former soldier in the army of Austria-Hungary, moved to the United States in search of work. The rest of the family emigrated and rejoined his father when Jonas was seven. Three years later, the entire family returned to Vienna. After Sternberg had turned fourteen, the family emigrated again to the United States (US), settling in New York City. His father found work there as a lace worker, but they struggled to survive. Sternberg learned English in public schools in New York, which were filled with immigrants.
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