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Curtis Bernhardt (1899–1981)

If Curtis Bernhardt is a relative unknown, it's because he didn't direct his first Hollywood feature until 1940 at the age of 41. Bernhardt worked for years in Germany until his Jewish heritage made living there impossible by 1933-- he was arrested by the Gestapo and made a harrowing underground escape to France. With Europe plunging into war, he ... See full bio »

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 1956 Gaby
 1954 Beau Brummell
 1951 The Blue Veil
 1951 Sirocco
 1947 High Wall
 1947 Possessed
 1946 A Stolen Life
 1946 Devotion
 1946 My Reputation
 1945 Conflict
 1942 Juke Girl
 1940 Lady with Red Hair (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1940 My Love Came Back (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1940 Night in December (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1938 Carrefour (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1936 Le vagabond bien-aimé (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1935 L'or dans la rue (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1933 Le tunnel (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1933 The Tunnel (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1932 Der Rebell (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1931 Der Mann, der den Mord beging (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1931 L'homme qui assassina (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1930 Thirteen Men and a Girl (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1929 Three Loves (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1929 The Last Fort (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1928 The Prince of Rogues (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1927 Das Mädchen mit den fünf Nullen (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1927 Kinderseelen klagen euch an (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1926 Orphan of Lowood (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1926 Torments of the Night (as Kurt Bernhardt)
 1925 Namenlose Helden (Short) (as Kurt Bernhardt)
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Kurt Berhardt | Kurt Bernhardt

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[on his arrival in Hollywood]: The first thing that hit me here, and hit me hard, was that I no longer had the authority that I had had before. In Germany, France and Italy before World War II, the director was in charge of the whole artistic side of the film, including the script and the choice of the story. The producer had very little influence on actual film-making; he was only the business ... See more »


Directed 4 actors to Oscar nominations: Joan Crawford (Best Actress, Possessed (1947)), Jane Wyman (Best Actress, The Blue Veil (1951)), Joan Blondell (Best Supporting Actress, The Blue Veil (1951)), and Eleanor Parker (Best Actress, Interrupted Melody (1955)). See more »

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