Ernst Lubitsch

Director, Producer, Actor
Hailed by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles as a giant among filmmakers, Ernst Lubitsch was a preeminent figure in the history of cinema who directed some of Hollywood's most ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1892 in Berlin, , DE

Filmography

Director (32)

Cluny Brown 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

That Uncertain Feeling 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shop Around the Corner 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Ninotchka 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

The Merry Widow 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

One Hour With You 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

Trouble in Paradise 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady Windermere's Fan 1924 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Bergkatze 1920 (Movie)

(Director)

Anne Boleyn 1919 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Austernprinzessin 1918 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Puppe 1918 (Movie)

(Director)

Ich Mochte Kein Mann Sein 1918 (Movie)

(Director)

Madame Du Barry 1918 (Movie)

(Director)

The Merry Jail 1917 (Movie)

(Director)

Schuhpalast Pinkus 1915 (Movie)

(Director)

Broken Lullaby (Movie)

(Director)

Design for Living (Movie)

(Director)

Eternal Love (Movie)

(Director)

Forbidden Paradise (Movie)

(Director)

If I Had a Million (Movie)

(Director)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

(Director)

Rosita (Movie)

(Director)

Sumurun (Movie)

(Director)

That Lady in Ermine (Movie)

(Director)

The Love Parade (Movie)

(Director)

The Marriage Circle (Movie)

(Director)

The Smiling Lieutenant (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (15)

Cluny Brown 1946 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)

(Producer)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

That Uncertain Feeling 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shop Around the Corner 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ninotchka 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desire 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

One Hour With You 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trouble in Paradise 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

Design for Living (Movie)

(Producer)

That Lady in Ermine (Movie)

(Producer)

The Love Parade (Movie)

(Producer)

The Marriage Circle (Movie)

(Producer)

The Smiling Lieutenant (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (9)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

from film("To Be or Not to Be") (Story By)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(From Story)

Die Bergkatze 1920 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Austernprinzessin 1918 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Puppe 1918 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ich Mochte Kein Mann Sein 1918 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

If I Had a Million (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Sumurun (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Smiling Lieutenant (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (4)

Where Do We Go From Here? 1945 (Movie)

Mutinous Sailor (Actor)

Schuhpalast Pinkus 1915 (Movie)

(Actor)

Die Firma heiratet 1913 (Movie)

Sigmund Lachmann (Actor)

Sumurun (Movie)

Buckliger (Actor)
Other (1)

The Last Command 1927 (Movie)

from incident (Other)

Biography

Hailed by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles as a giant among filmmakers, Ernst Lubitsch was a preeminent figure in the history of cinema who directed some of Hollywood's most sophisticated and enduring comedies. More than a great director of actors and action, he added his own personal signature - known as the "Lubitsch touch" - to all his work, a sense of style and grace that was rarely duplicated on the screen. After making a name as a director in his native Germany, Lubitsch was brought over at the behest of star Mary Pickford to direct her in "Rosita" (1923). From there, he made comedies like "The Marriage Circle" (1924) and "Kiss Me Again" (1925), as well as dramas like "The Patriot" (1925). But with the advent of sound, the cigar-chomping director's career took off atop fascination with a new genre, the musical comedy, and he began displaying his famed Lubitsch touch with classics like "Monte Carlo" (1930) and "One Hour with You" (1932). He directed his first bona fide masterpiece, "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), and later hit his stride full force with "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" (1938), "Ninotchka" (1939) and "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940). Lubitsch reached great artistic heights with "To Be or Not to Be" (1942) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1943) before dying mid-career in 1947, leaving behind a legacy virtually unmatched by a filmmaker before or since.

Relationships

Simon Lubitsch

Father

Milestones

1947

Died while working on "That Lady in Ermine" (1948); film completed by Otto Preminger; Lubitsch given screen credit

1946

Completed last film, "Cluny Brown"

1942

Earned third Best Director Oscar nomination for "Heaven Can Wait"

1942

Signed contract with Fox

1941

Directed the delightful wartime comedy "To Be or Not To Be", teaming Jack Benny and Carole Lombard

1937

Returned to directing; directed first film in three years, "Angel"

1933

Became an American citizen

1932

Made the atypical pacifict drama "The Man I Killed"

1929

First sound film, "The Love Parade", his first pairing of Maurice Chevalier and Jeannette MacDonald; garnered second Best Director Academy Award nomination

1928

Received first Best Director Oscar nomination for "The Patriot"

1927

Helmed the silent "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg", starring Ramon Navarro and Norma Shearer

1926

Signed contract with Paramount

1923

First American film "Rosita", starring Pickford

1922

Moved to USA; put under contract to Mary Pickford

1914

Made directorial debut with the short film "Fraulein Seifenschaum"/"Miss Soapsuds"

1913

Began acting in movies in Germany

1911

Associated with director Max Reinhardt, appearing in his stage productions

Was briefly with MGM, for whom he made "Ninotckha" and "The Shop Around the Corner"

Gained critical acclaim and popular success in the US with such satirical romantic comedies as "Lady Windemere's Fan" and "So This Is Paris"

Served as production chief at Paramount

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