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. He started working at World Film Company in Fort Lee,...Wikipedia
Age: 75 (age at death)
Born: 29th May, 1894, Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Died: 22nd November, 1969, Hollywood, California, USA
Height: 5' 5" (165 cm)
Claim to Fame: The Blue Angel (1930)
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[on the director`s role] ". . . the determining influence, and the only influence, despotically exercised or not, which accounts for the worth of what is seen on the screen."
`Shadow is mystery and light is clarity. Shadow conceals - light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal and in what degrees to do this is all there is to art.`
Directed 3 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Emil Jannings, George Bancroft and Marlene Dietrich. Jannings won for his performance in The Last Command (1928).
Interviewed in Peter Bogdanovich`s "Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCarey, Otto Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh." NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Greatest Air Spectacle of the Jet Age! Earth-shaking, sky-shattering ... SO BIG it took years to make!
Air Force Colonel Shannon is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Anna. He falls in love with her...