Josef von Sternberg Movies and Career Information

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May 29, 1894
Actor, Director, Producer and Writer
Josef von Sternberg, born Jonas Sternberg 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. He started working at World Film Company in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where he was mentored by French director Emile Chautard. Sternberg started in Hollywood after making his first film as a director in 1925. Charlie Chaplin became interested in him, and had him direct a film. Von Sternberg worked on late silent films in the late 1920s, by which time he had adopted the use of "von" in his name. After working with the award-winning German star Emil Jannings, he was invited from Hollywood 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 and encouragement of her performances helped to create the Dietrich legend in the six films they made together in Hollywood.

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