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Date of Birth 24 April 1873Breslau, Silesia, Germany [now Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland]
Date of Death 17 July 1938Paris, France  (cancer)

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Robert Wiene was born on April 24, 1873 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He was a writer and director, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Crime and Punishment (1923) and Der Rosenkavalier (1925). He died on July 17, 1938 in Paris, France.

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Brother of Conrad Wiene.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1202-1206. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Former stage actor, writer and director, graduate of Vienna University, who first worked in films from 1913. Had a reputation as a director of melodramas, before his making his most famous picture, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), which is considered one of the best examples of German expressionism. His other noteworthy effort in the same vein was the horror film The Hands of Orlac (1924). Wiene escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in France, where he died in 1938.

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