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Born in Raudnitz, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now Roudnice, Czech Republic]
Died in Vienna, Austria
Birth NameGeorg Wilhelm Pabst

Mini Bio (1)

Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been characterized as martinets.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

Spouse (1)

Gertrude Pabst (1924 - 29 May 1967) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (5)

In 1935 he planned a movie of the German opera "Faust", which would have reunited him with the two actresses whose careers he had set alight: Greta Garbo (as Gretchen) and Louise Brooks (as Helen of Troy). Unfortunately, nothing came of the idea.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 858-865. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Made an international star of the American actress Louise Brooks with Pandora's Box (1929).
His film Westfront 1918 (1930) was banned by the Nazis. Afterwards, Pabst had a brief sojourn in France and an unhappy experience in Hollywood, ultimately returning to Germany at the onset of World War II.
Pabst studied engineering in Vienna but ended up preferring the theatre and acted in Switzerland by 1905. He then joined touring companies of Europe and the United States. He was interned in France during World War I. By 1923, he was assistant to the film director Carl Froelich and soon graduated to director in his own right, noted for stark realism, rather then the prevailing expressionism.

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