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Curtis Bernhardt

Highest Rated: 89% Possessed (1947)

Lowest Rated: 89% Possessed (1947)

Birthday: Apr 15, 1899

Birthplace: Worms, Germany

Some praised the American films of German director Curtis Bernhardt as "women's pictures"; others derided them as "weepers." Trained for an acting career at Frankfurt-am-Main's State School for Dramatic Arts, Bernhardt was a theatrical performer and producer in Berlin before turning to directing films with 1926's Die Was von Lowood, a Gernan version of Jane Eyre. In 1929, he helmed UFA studio's first talking picture, Die Letzte Kompagnie. Exiting Germany when Hitler came to power, Bernhardt directed films in France and England before being signed by Hollywood's Warner Bros. in 1940. Among the formidable female stars with which Bernhardt was associated during his Warners years were Miriam Hopkins (The Lady With Red Hair, 1940), Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino (Devotion, 1946), Barbara Stanwyck (My Reputation, 1946), Bette Davis (A Stolen Life, 1946) and Joan Crawford (Possessed). In the 1950s, Bernhardt directed Jane Wyman in The Blue Veil (1952), Rita Hayworth in Columbia's Miss Sadie Thompson (1954) and Lana Turner in MGM's The Merry Widow (1955). After a brief flurry of filmmaking in Europe in the early 1960s, Curtis Bernhardt produced and directed one last Hollywood picture in 1964: Kisses for My President, a Polly Bergen/Fred MacMurray vehicle all about the nation's first female Chief Executive.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt (Three Loves) Director 2010
No Score Yet Kisses For My President Director Producer 1964
No Score Yet Damon and Pythias Screenwriter Director 1962
No Score Yet Interrupted Melody Director 1955
No Score Yet Beau Brummell Director 1954
No Score Yet Miss Sadie Thompson Director 1953
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Director 1952
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Director 1951
No Score Yet Sirocco Director 1951
No Score Yet Payment on Demand Screenwriter Director 1951
No Score Yet The Doctor and the Girl Director 1949
No Score Yet High Wall Director 1947
89% Possessed Director 1947
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Director 1946
No Score Yet Devotion Director 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Director 1946
No Score Yet Conflict Director 1945
No Score Yet Juke Girl Director 1942
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby Director 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Director 1940
No Score Yet My Love Came Back Director 1940
No Score Yet Der Mann, Der Den Mord Beging Director 1931
No Score Yet Woman Men Yearn For Director 1929


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