German Language Directorsby mrc-meneghin | created - 12 Mar 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
Director | Das Experiment
Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat.
Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some ...
Tha Fall 13 Minutes
Writer | Caché
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...
La pianiste Le temps du loup Caché The White Ribbon Amour Happy End
3. F.W. Murnau
Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...
The Last Laugh Sunrise
Director | Fitzcarraldo
Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...
Aguirre Wrath of God The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Heart of Glass Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Director | Das Leben der Anderen
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was born on May 2, 1973 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck. He is a director and writer, known for The Lives of Others (2006), The Tourist (2010) and Never Look Away (2018). He is married to ...
The Lives of Others
Director | Phoenix
Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut ...
The State I am In Barbara
Writer | Little Joe
Lourdes Amour Fou Little Joe
8. Ulrich Seidl
Director | Paradies: Liebe
Ulrich Seidl was born on November 24, 1952 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for Paradise: Love (2012), Paradise: Faith (2012) and Goodnight Mommy (2014). He is married to Veronika Franz.
Import/Export Paradise Love Paradise Faith Paradise Hope
9. Wim Wenders
Director | Der Himmel über Berlin
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...
Alice in the Cities Wrong Move Kings of the Road The American Friend Paris, Texas Wings of Desire Pina The Salt of the Earth
10. Max Ophüls
Director | La ronde
Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...
La Ronde Madame de... Lola Montés
Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul The Marriage of Maria Braun Querelle
12. Fritz Lang
Actor | Le mépris
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...
Der müde Tod Metropolis The Big Heat
13. Maren Ade
Producer | Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade was born in Karlsruhe on 12 December 1976 to a couple of teachers.She studied cinema at Munich's Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film. As of 2001 she co-founded, together with Janine Jackowski, a fellow graduate from HFF, the "Komplizen" film company. It is through Komplizen that Maren would...
14. Jan Gassmann
Director | Europe, She Loves
Jan Gassmann (1983) is a director based in Zürich. His first feature documentary CHRIGU premiered at the 57. Berlinale and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The movie traveled the world and among others, won the «Filmcritics Switzerland Prize». In 2011 followed his first feature fiction film ...
Europe, She Loves
Writer | Dreileben
The City Below
16. Ernst Lubitsch
Director | To Be or Not to Be
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...
The Oyster Princess, I Don't Want to Be a Man, The Doll Trouble in Paradise
17. Fatih Akin
Director | Gegen die Wand
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...
Head-on Soul Kitchen The Cut In the Fade
18. Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With...
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty
19. Julian Radlmaier
Writer | Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen
A Spectre is Haunting Europe A Proletarian Winter's Tale Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog
20. Heinz Emigholz
Director | Streetscapes
Heinz Emigholz was born on January 22, 1948 in Achim, Lower Saxony, Germany. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Streetscapes (2017), The Basis of Make-Up II (2001) and Sense of Architecture (2009).
Sullivan's Banks Maillart's Bridges
Writer | Workingman's Death
Michael Glawogger was born on December 3, 1959 in Graz, Austria. He was a writer and director, known for Workingman's Death (2005), Untitled (2017) and Whores' Glory (2011). He died on April 23, 2014 in Liberia.
22. Monika Willi
23. Thomas Arslan
Director | Dealer
Director | Western
25. Angela Schanelec
Director | Ich war zuhause, aber
Angela Schanelec was born on February 14, 1962 in Aalen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress and director, known for I Was at Home, But (2019), The Dreamed Path (2016) and Das Glück meiner Schwester (1995).
Passing Summer Marseille Afternoon Orly The Dreamed Path
Director | Komödianten
Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been ...
The 3 Penny Opera
27. Gustav Deutsch
Director | Shirley: Visions of Reality
Born Vienna 1952, Drawings since 1962, Music since 1964, Photography since 1967, Architecture since 1970, Videos since 1977, Films since 1981, Sounds since 1981, Performances since 1983 in Austria, France, Germany, Luxemburg, England, Marocco, Greece and Turkey
Shirley: Visions of Reality
28. Lotte Reiniger
Director | Silhouetten
Lotte Reiniger was born on June 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany as Charlotte Reiniger. She is known for her work on Silhouetten (1936), The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) and Here and There (1949). She was married to Carl Koch. She died on June 19, 1981 in Dettenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Harlekin Papageno The Stolen Heart
Producer | Unser täglich Brot
31. Ruth Beckermann
Director | Die Geträumten
Arena Squatted Wien Retour The Paper Bridge Nach Jerusalem A Fleeting Passage to the Orient Homemad(e) Zorros Bar Mizwa American Passages Those Who Go Those Who Stay The Dreamed Ones The Waldheim Waltz
Director | Die Blechtrommel
Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff ...
33. Oskar Fischinger
Cinematographer | Frau im Mond
Most of Fischinger's filmmaking attempts in America suffered difficulties. He composed An Optical Poem (1937) to Franz Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody for MGM, but received no profits due to studio bookkeeping systems. He designed the J. S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor sequence for Walt ...
An Optical Poem
34. Robert Siodmak
Director | Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam
The director Robert Siodmak (which he insisted, be pronounced 'See-odd-mack') was a masterful film maker who successfully blended the techniques of German Expressionism with contemporary styles of American film, particularly film noir, in the process creating a handful of moody, sometimes chilling,...
35. Christian Frei
Producer | War Photographer
War Photographer The Giant Buddhas Sleepless in New York Space Tourists
36. Cyril Schäublin
Director | Dene wos guet geit
Those Who Are Fine
37. Richard Oswald
Director | Die Reise um die Erde in 80 Tagen
Director and producer of many German as well as a few American, British and French films, Richard Oswald started making films in 1914 and shortly formed his own production company. After making many successful films and discovering several important performers, he fled his homeland after the Nazi ...
Different from Others