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Josef von Sternberg, born Jonas Sternberg, 29 May 1894 – 22 December 1969, was an Austrian-American film director. He is considered one of the earliest 'auteur' filmmakers, having filled many other roles on his films including those of cinematographer, screenwriter, and editor. Sternberg's style influenced later directors, particularly those of the film noir period. He is particularly noted for his distinctive mise en scène, use of lighting and soft lens, and collaboration with actress Marlene Dietrich.
May 29, 1894, Vienna, Austria
December 22, 1969
1927 UnderworldDirector 1927 ItDirector and Assistant Director 1928 The Docks of New YorkProducer and Director 1928 The Last CommandDirector and Story 1930 The Blue AngelDirector and Writer 1930 MoroccoDirector 1931 DishonoredDirector, Editor, Writer, and Additional Music 1932 Shanghai ExpressDirector 1932 Blonde VenusProducer, Director, and Editor 1934 The Scarlet EmpressProducer, Editor, and Director 1935 The Devil is a WomanDirector and Cinematography 1935 Crime and PunishmentDirector 1941 The Shanghai GestureWriter, Director, and Adaptation 1952 MacaoDirector 1957 Jet PilotDirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items