Ernst Lubitsch

Ernst Lubitsch

Highest Rated: 100% The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Lowest Rated: 33% A Royal Scandal (1945)

Birthday: Jan 28, 1892

Birthplace: Not Available

The most widely imitated comic filmmaker of the sound era, Ernst Lubitsch perfected an urbane, graceful directorial style so original and so distinctive that the phrase "Lubitsch Touch" was coined simply to describe it. Combining elegance and wit to bring a tremendous warmth and humanity to even the thinnest of screenplays, he set a new standard of achievement for the light romantic comedy, largely defining the genre while also helping to revolutionize the movie musical as well as various recording techniques.Lubitsch was born January 28, 1892, in Berlin, Germany. He first emerged as a stage performer, joining Max Reinhardt's celebrated Deutsches Theater. He made his film debut in 1912, directing Passion. Lubitsch continued to work onscreen as an actor as well, appearing in films including 1913's Die ideale Gattin and the next year's Firma Heiratet, but upon directing three separate films in 1915 alone -- Zucker und Zimt, Blindekuh, and Aufs Eis geführt, respectively -- his future behind the camera was sealed. After scoring a major hit with 1919's Die Austernprinzessin, he helmed a number of lavish historical dramas including Madame Dubarry and 1920's Anna Boleyn. Alternately, he also worked on smaller productions including the 1921 comedy Die Bergkatze, all of which proved critical to securing a market for the German film industry even prior to the rise of the Expressionist movement. After directing over 40 films in his native land, Lubitsch was contracted by Adolph Zukor to come to Hollywood and shoot the 1923 Mary Pickford vehicle Rosita. Lubitsch decided to remain in the U.S., turning instead to the series of films which established him as a major cinematic innovator. Beginning with 1924's The Marriage Circle, the famed "Lubitsch touch" began to emerge in full as he honed a sophisticated combination of wit and understated sensuality over the course of films including Kiss Me Again, Lady Windermere's Fan, So This Is Paris, and The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, all the while swiftly evolving into a director capable of approaching both drama and comedy with equal flair.With the advent of the sound era, Lubitsch's career truly took flight. He became a superb musical director, excelling at seamlessly incorporating song-and-dance sequences into the fabric of the narrative (an innovation which revolutionized the genre). Lubitsch also broke new ground by filming without recording any sound, later dubbing whole scenes during post-production. The technique allowed him to shoot extreme close-ups and move his cameras at will without running the risk of any set noise, an innovation still in widespread use decades later. With the 1929 musical The Love Parade, he also launched the career of actress Jeanette MacDonald, whom he discovered in New York and cast opposite Maurice Chevalier, resulting in the beginning of one of the most legendary pairings in the annals of Hollywood. For 1931's The Smiling Lieutenant, Lubitsch first teamed with screenwriter Samson Raphaelson, who went on to pen the scripts for many of the director's greatest efforts, including 1932's Broken Lullaby, One Hour With You (the latter co-directed by an uncredited George Cukor), and Trouble in Paradise, as well as 1934's The Merry Widow. In 1935, Lubitsch was tapped to become Paramount's new head of production, but he exited the post after just one year to return his full focus to filmmaking, resurfacing with Desire in 1936. By the end of the decade, he was regularly collaborating not only with Raphaelson but also the writing team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, who scripted 1938's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife and 1939 excellent Ninotchka.At the dawn of the 1940s, Lubitsch entered the final and arguably greatest period of his career, opening the decade with the superb Shop Around the Corner. After 1941's That Uncertain Feeling, he mounted his most famed film, the following year's To Be or Not to Be, a black comedy focusing on a Polish acting troupe's flight to fre

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wo ist mein Schatz? Screenwriter Actor Director 2014
No Score Yet Robert und Bertram, die lustigen Vagabunden (Robert and Beltran) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Carmen Director 2011
No Score Yet Lubitsch Musicals Director 2008
No Score Yet Wildcat Director Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film Director 2005
No Score Yet Ich möchte kein Mann sein (I Don't Want to Be a Man) Director 2003
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine Producer Director 1948
93% Cluny Brown Producer Director 1946
33% A Royal Scandal Producer 1945
85% Heaven Can Wait Director Producer 1943
98% To Be or Not to Be Producer Director 1942
60% That Uncertain Feeling Producer Director 1941
100% The Shop Around the Corner Director Producer 1940
No Score Yet Der Ewige Jude Himself 1940
97% Ninotchka Director Producer 1939
38% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Producer Director 1938
No Score Yet Angel Producer Director 1937
No Score Yet Desire Producer 1936
80% The Merry Widow Director 1934
71% Design for Living Producer Director 1933
92% Trouble in Paradise Producer Director 1932
100% One Hour With You Director Producer 1932
No Score Yet Broken Lullaby, (The Man I Killed) Producer Director 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Director Screenwriter 1932
88% The Smiling Lieutenant Screenwriter Producer Director 1931
No Score Yet Monte Carlo Producer Director 1930
No Score Yet The Vagabond King Director 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Director 1930
100% The Love Parade Director Producer 1929
No Score Yet Eternal Love Director 1929
No Score Yet The Patriot Producer Director 1928
No Score Yet The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince) Director 1928
No Score Yet So This Is Paris Director 1926
No Score Yet Lady Windermere's Fan Director Producer 1925
No Score Yet Forbidden Paradise Director 1924
No Score Yet Three Women Screenwriter Director 1924
No Score Yet Montmartre Director 1924
100% The Marriage Circle Producer Director 1924
No Score Yet Rosita Director 1923
No Score Yet The Eyes of the Mummy Director 1922
No Score Yet Loves Of Pharoah Director 1922
No Score Yet The Loves of Pharaoh (Das weib des Pharao) Director Producer 1922
No Score Yet Gypsy Blood Director 1921
No Score Yet Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception) Director 1920
No Score Yet One Arabian Night Buckliger Director 1920
No Score Yet Kohlhiesels Tochter Director Screenwriter 1920
No Score Yet Sumurun Director 1920
No Score Yet Romeo Und Julia IM Schnee Director 1920
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry Director 1919
No Score Yet Die Austernprinzessin (My Lady Margarine) Director Screenwriter 1919
No Score Yet Meyer From Berlin Director 1918
No Score Yet The Merry Jail (Das fidele Gefängnis) Director Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet The Shoe Palace (Schuhpalast Pinkus) Director Sally Pinkus 1916


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