Robert Wiene


Director

About

Birth Place
Germany
Died
July 17, 2038

Biography

German expressionist director who began his career in the theater, entered films as a scenarist and is best known for the expressionist classic, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919). Wiene was the second choice to direct the film (producer Erich Pommer originally offered the job to Fritz Lang), which was scripted by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz; the mediocre quality of his subsequent wor...

Biography

German expressionist director who began his career in the theater, entered films as a scenarist and is best known for the expressionist classic, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919). Wiene was the second choice to direct the film (producer Erich Pommer originally offered the job to Fritz Lang), which was scripted by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz; the mediocre quality of his subsequent work casts doubt on the extent of his contribution to the project. Wiene's later German films include "Raskolnikov" (1922) and the biblical spectacle, "INRI" (1923), he moved to France when the Nazis took power and his final film, "Ultimatum" (1938), was completed by Robert Siodmak. Brother Conrad Wiene was also a director, chiefly known for "The Power of Darkness" (1923), based on a Tolstoy tale and scripted by Robert.

Life Events

1914

Began career as screenwriter

1914

Film co-directing debut (with A. Berger), "Areme Eva"

1915

Solo directing debut, "Die Konservenbraut"

1933

Immigrated to Paris

Photo Collections

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from the 1921 American release by Goldwyn of the German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), starring Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Family

Conrad Wiene
Brother
Director. Best known for 1923 film "Die Macht der Finsternis/The Power of Darkness".

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