Josef von Sternberg

Austrian-American film director (1894–1969) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Josef von Sternberg (German: [ˈjoːzɛf fɔn ˈʃtɛʁnbɛʁk]; born Jonas Sternberg; May 29, 1894 – December 22, 1969) was an Austrian-born 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).[1]

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Josef von Sternberg
Jonas Sternberg

(1894-05-29)May 29, 1894
Vienna, Austria-Hungary (present-day Austria)
DiedDecember 22, 1969(1969-12-22) (aged 75)
Years active1925–1957
Riza Royce
(m. 1926; div. 1930)
Jean Annette McBride
(m. 1945; div. 1947)
Meri Otis Wilner
(m. 1948)
ChildrenNicholas Josef von Sternberg

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.[2] He is also credited with having initiated the gangster film genre with his silent era movie Underworld (1927).[3][4] 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.[5]

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Morocco (1930) and Shanghai Express (1932).[6]

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