Oliver Hirschbiegel

Oliver Hirschbiegel was a director who worked for years in his native Germany before eventually attracting international attention for films like "Downfall" (2004). Much of his work explored the horrors of the Nazi ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1957 in Hamburg, DE

Filmography

Director (10)

Elser 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Angel Face 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Turn 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Diana 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Invasion 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Downfall 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Das Experiment 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Borgia (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Oliver Hirschbiegel was a director who worked for years in his native Germany before eventually attracting international attention for films like "Downfall" (2004). Much of his work explored the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII. Hirschbiegel was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 29th, 1957. He was educated under the freedom of the Waldorf school system, and he studied painting and graphic arts at the University of Hamburg before settling on film. He directed his first film, a made for TV movie that he also wrote called "Das Go! Projekt" in 1986. He followed that with numerous TV projects before breaking through with his first major film release, "Das Experiment" (2001), a thriller based on the infamous Stanford prison social psychological experiment. His next film explored similar themes of human darkness: "Der Untergang" ("Downfall" in English), told the story of Hitler's last days. The film was hugely successful with critics and the German public. One of its scenes, in which Hitler has a protracted meltdown upon receiving bad news from his subordinates, became infamous as a viral video, with Hitler's speech mistranslated in subtitles to reflect a variety of humorous scenarios. Venturing into Hollywood, he directed the biopic "Diana" (2014), telling the story of the Princess of Wales with Naomi Watts in the lead.

EDUCATION

Hamburg University

Milestones

2013

Directed "Diana" with Naomi Watts in the lead.

2004

International breakthrough with "Downfall"

1986

Directed his first film, "Das Go! Projekt"

Bonus Trivia

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Was educated with Waldorf methods.

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Dropped out of high school.

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