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      Ernst Lubitsch

      Ernst Lubitsch

      Highest Rated: 100% Desire (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 33% A Royal Scandal (1945)

      Birthday: Jan 29, 1892

      Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

      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.

      Photos

      ROSITA, Mary Pickford, Ernst Lubitsch, 1923, explaining THE MERRY WIDOW, from left, director Ernst Lubitsch, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, upon signing contracts, March 1934 ANGEL, Ernest Cossart, Herbert Marshall, Marlene Dietrich, Melvyn Douglas, Ernst Lubitsch, 1937, cast rehearsal THE MERRY WIDOW, Baron Maurice de Rothschild (second from left) visits from left: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, director Ernst Lubitsch on set, 1934 ANGEL, Marlene Dietrich, director Ernst Lubitsch on set, 1937 THE PATRIOT, cast and crew, including Emil Jannings (center), director Ernst Lubitsch (bottom, center), on-set, 1928 ROSITA, from left: Mary Pickford, director Ernst Lubitsch, on set, 1923 THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, Margaret Sullavan, Ernst Lubitsch, James Stewart, 1940 TO BE OR NOT TO BE, director Ernst Lubitsch, 1942 MERRY WIDOW, Una Merkel, Ernst Lubitsch, 1934, bed

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 60% Lubitsch Musicals Director - 2008
      No Score Yet 42% That Lady in Ermine Director,
      Producer
      - 1948
      94% 79% Cluny Brown Director - 1946
      33% 31% A Royal Scandal Producer - 1945
      89% 75% Heaven Can Wait Director,
      Producer
      - 1943
      96% 93% To Be or Not to Be Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1942
      63% 54% That Uncertain Feeling Director,
      Producer
      - 1941
      99% 91% The Shop Around the Corner Director,
      Producer
      - 1940
      95% 89% Ninotchka Director,
      Producer
      - 1939
      45% 63% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Director,
      Producer
      - 1938
      80% 65% Angel Director,
      Producer
      - 1937
      100% 78% Desire Producer - 1936
      82% 78% The Merry Widow Director,
      Writer
      - 1934
      76% 80% Design for Living Director,
      Producer
      - 1933
      100% 100% Broken Lullaby Director - 1932
      100% 71% If I Had a Million Director - 1932
      90% 90% Trouble in Paradise Director,
      Producer
      - 1932
      86% 74% One Hour With You Director,
      Producer
      - 1932
      88% 66% The Smiling Lieutenant Director,
      Producer
      - 1931
      No Score Yet 70% Monte Carlo Director,
      Producer
      - 1930
      No Score Yet 20% Paramount on Parade Director - 1930
      No Score Yet 67% Eternal Love Director - 1929
      100% 77% The Love Parade Director,
      Producer
      - 1929
      100% 58% The Patriot Director - 1928
      100% 64% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Director,
      Producer
      - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet So This Is Paris Director - 1926
      100% 76% Lady Windermere's Fan Director - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Paradise Director - 1924
      100% 84% The Marriage Circle Director - 1924
      89% No Score Yet Three Women Director - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rosita Director - 1923
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flame Director - 1923
      67% No Score Yet Loves of Pharaoh Director - 1922
      No Score Yet 71% The Wildcat Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1921
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gypsy Blood Director - 1921
      No Score Yet 42% Sumurun Yeggar - the Hunchback (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1920
      No Score Yet 29% Anna Boleyn Director - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kohlhiesel's Daughters Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Romeo and Juliet in the Snow Director,
      Writer
      - 1920
      No Score Yet 78% Passion Director - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Meyer From Berlin Director - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doll Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1919
      No Score Yet 84% The Oyster Princess Director - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Die Austernprinzessin Director - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carmen Director - 1918
      No Score Yet 71% I Don't Want to Be a Man Director,
      Writer
      - 1918
      No Score Yet 20% The Eyes of the Mummy Director - 1918
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merry Jail Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1917
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When I Was Dead Der Gatte (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1916
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shoe Salon Pinkus Sally Pinkus (Character),
      Director
      - 1916
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pinkus's Shoe Emporium Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 1916
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pride of the Firm Siegmund Lachmann (Character) - 1914