Paul Leni Poster


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Born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (blood poisoning)
Birth NamePaul Josef Levi

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Paul Leni was born on July 8, 1885 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Paul Josef Levi. He was an art director and director, known for Waxworks (1924), The Man Who Laughs (1928) and The Cat and the Canary (1927). He died on September 2, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 649-651. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Expressionist German director, whose work influenced Eisenstein in Russia, as well as Hollywood film makers at Universal and RKO in the 1930's and 40's. A master at Gothic horror, he began as a stage designer for Max Reinhardt and Leopold Jessner. Directed films from 1913, as well as doubling up as art director, using stylized sets and accentuated contrasts between light and shade. His most famous films were Waxworks (1924) in Germany, and - during his spell at Universal from 1927-28 - the definitive classic haunted house mystery, The Cat and the Canary (1927).

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