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Austrian writer/director, prominent in the 1920's and 30's. Trained as a graphic designer. Began his career as a camera assistant on documentaries at Sascha Films. Became a director in 1919 and under contract to Ufa from 1929. Soon put in charge of A-grade films like Hocuspocus
(1933) and Dawn
(1933). Joined Vienna Film after the 1938 Anschluss and directed the classic The