Erich Pommer

Producer, Director
Highly influential figure of the German silent cinema. Pommer began his career working for Gaumont in Paris at the age of 18 and had set up his own Berlin-based production company, Decla, by 1915. Pommer merged the ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1889 in Germany

Filmography

Producer (17)

Eine Liebesgeschichte 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kinder, Mutter und ein General 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dance, Girl, Dance 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jamaica Inn 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Blue Angel 1930 (Movie)

(Producer)

Faust 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

Metropolis 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Nibelungen 1923 (Movie)

(Producer)

Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari 1921 (Movie)

(Producer)

Asphalt (Movie)

(Producer)

Barbed Wire (Movie)

(Producer)

Fire Over England (Movie)

(Producer)

Hotel Imperial (Movie)

(Producer)

Jamaica Inn (Movie)

(Producer)

Liliom (Movie)

(Producer)

Music in the Air (Movie)

(Producer)

They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Highly influential figure of the German silent cinema. Pommer began his career working for Gaumont in Paris at the age of 18 and had set up his own Berlin-based production company, Decla, by 1915. Pommer merged the company with Bioscop four years later and went on to produce such expressionist classics as Robert Wiene's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919) and Fritz Lang's "Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler" (1922).

In 1923, the company was absorbed within UFA, with Pommer taking over as chief of production for the giant studio. His keen eye for new talent and ability to detect commercial appeal led him to back the early works of F W Murnau, Carl Theodor Dreyer and Josef von Sternberg, as well as other Lang films, particularly the classic "Metropolis" (1927)--a big-budget extravaganza which, in fact, contributed to UFA's demise.

Pommer left Germany in 1933 and subsequently worked in both the USA and England, where he formed Mayflower Productions with actor-director Charles Laughton. Among the company's more notable productions were Hitchcock's "Jamaica Inn" (1939), Dorothy Arzner's "Dance, Girl, Dance" (1940) and Pommer's only film as a director, "Vessel of Wrath" (1938). He spent the war years in the USA, becoming an American citizen in 1944. After WWII he again worked in Germany, firstly as a film production supervisor for the Allied authorities; he finally returned to the USA in 1956.

Milestones

1958

Last effort as a producer, "Eine Liebesgeschichte"

1956

Goes back to Hollywood, where he will live until his death

1946

Returns to Germany, working as a producer there

1938

Directorial debut, "Vessel of Wrath"

1937

Forms Mayflower Productions in London with Charles Laughton

1926

Produces Fritz Lang's classic, "Metropolis"

1923

Decla absorbed by UFA, becomes chief of company's productions

1919

Produced "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

1915

Founded Decla (Deutsche Ecliar), a production company

Director of Gaumont's opeartions in Central Europe

Seriously wounded in WWII

Moves to Hollywood and lives there till the end of the WWII

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