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Josef von Sternberg

1894 - 1969

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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).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. He is also credited with having initiated the gangster film genre with his silent era movie Underworld (1927). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef von Sternberg has received more than 581,973 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Josef von Sternberg is the 138th most popular film director (down from 137th in 2019), the 211th most popular biography from Austria (down from 207th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Austrian Film Director.

Josef von Sternberg is most famous for his silent films, such as The Blue Angel, which he directed with Marlene Dietrich.

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Among film directors, Josef von Sternberg ranks 138 out of 1,581Before him are René Clément, Claude Lelouch, D. W. Griffith, István Szabó, Andrei Konchalovsky, and Kim Ki-duk. After him are Joel Schumacher, Lasse Hallström, Blake Edwards, Jacques Demy, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Wong Kar-wai.

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Among people born in 1894, Josef von Sternberg ranks 39Before him are Norman Rockwell, Karl Böhm, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Otto Grotewohl, Heinrich Lübke, and Paul Blobel. After him are Claude Cahun, Nazli Sabri, Kim Hyong-jik, Alexander Dovzhenko, Elisabeth of Romania, and Edogawa Ranpo. Among people deceased in 1969, Josef von Sternberg ranks 29Before him are Levi Eshkol, Dominique Pire, Arthur Friedenreich, Witold Gombrowicz, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., and Sonja Henie. After him are Moïse Tshombe, Itzhak Stern, B. Traven, Joseph Kasa-Vubu, Alexandra David-Néel, and Boris Karloff.

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Among people born in Austria, Josef von Sternberg ranks 211 out of 1,237Before him are Wilhelm Miklas (1872), Joseph Joachim (1831), Leopold III, Margrave of Austria (1073), Constance of Austria (1588), Frederick II, Duke of Austria (1211), and Ferdinand Piëch (1937). After him are Leopold I, Duke of Austria (1290), Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria (1589), Anton Diabelli (1781), Bruno Bettelheim (1903), Božena Němcová (1820), and Otto of Freising (1114).


Among film directors born in Austria, Josef von Sternberg ranks 4Before him are Fritz Lang (1890), Billy Wilder (1906), and Erich von Stroheim (1885). After him are Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Gustav Ucicky (1899), Hans Hass (1919), Richard Oswald (1880), Harald Reinl (1908), and Ulrich Seidl (1952).