Josef von Sternberg

1894 - 1969

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Josef von Sternberg (German: [ˈjoːzɛf fɔn ˈʃtɛʁnbɛʁk]; born Jonas Sternberg; 29 May 1894 – 22 December 1969) was an Austrian-American 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 463,551 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Josef von Sternberg is the 137th most popular film director (up from 168th in 2019), the 207th most popular biography from Austria (up from 236th 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 137 out of 1,580Before him are Volker Schlöndorff, John Woo, René Clément, D. W. Griffith, Ettore Scola, and Michael Moore. After him are Peter Greenaway, Jacques Rivette, Jean Vigo, Jan Švankmajer, Max Reinhardt, and James Ivory.

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Among people born in 1894, Josef von Sternberg ranks 40Before him are Alexander Oparin, Paul Blobel, Percy Spencer, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Heinrich Lübke, and Karl Böhm. After him are Alexander Dovzhenko, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Kim Hyong-jik, Elisabeth of Romania, Sergey Ilyushin, and Nazli Sabri. Among people deceased in 1969, Josef von Sternberg ranks 32Before him are Witold Gombrowicz, Dominique Pire, Boris Karloff, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Itzhak Stern, and Joseph Kasa-Vubu. After him are Moïse Tshombe, B. Traven, Allen Dulles, Alexandra David-Néel, Walter Christaller, and Robert Taylor.

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Among people born in Austria, Josef von Sternberg ranks 207 out of 1,075Before him are Walter Nowotny (1920), Elizabeth of Austria (1437), Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736), Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria (1745), Franz Xaver Süssmayr (1766), and Frederick II, Duke of Austria (1211). After him are Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852), Joseph Joachim (1831), Anton Diabelli (1781), Max Reinhardt (1873), Albert IV, Duke of Austria (1377), and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma (1893).


Among film directors born in Austria, Josef von Sternberg ranks 4Before him are Billy Wilder (1906), Fritz Lang (1890), and Erich von Stroheim (1885). After him are Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Richard Oswald (1880), Ulrich Seidl (1952), Harald Reinl (1908), Gustav Ucicky (1899), and Francis Lawrence (1971).