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Born in Vienna, Austria
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Conrad Wiene was born on February 3, 1878 in Vienna, Austria. He was a director and writer, known for Das Erbe (1922), Irrende Liebe (1917) and Zwei Welten (1919). He died in March 1934.

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He worked in Berlin, Prague and Breslau (Wroclaw) and above all in Vienna, where several of his silent films were shot in the Schönbrunn Studios (Schönbrunn-Ateliers).
Conrad Wiene joined the film business in 1912 and he made his debut as a movie actor with "Die Waffen der Jugend" (1913). The movie was directed by his brother, the later becoming famous director Robert Wiene.
His last cinematical works as a movie director came at the beginning of the 30s into being with "Das Schicksal einer schönen Frau" (1931), "Durchlaucht amüsiert sich" (1932) and "Johann Strauss, k.u.k. Hofkapellmeister" (1932).
Conrad Wiene became fascinated by the work of a movie director and in the next years he realised numerous silent movies, among them "Der Evangelimann" (1914), Der Stärkere" (1918), "Das Haus ohne Lachen" (1918), "Der Umweg zur Ehe" (1199) and "Die Spinne" (1199).
After Adolf Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, Wiene, who was Jewish, left Berlin for Vienna.
As a Jew he was no longer able to work in Germany and he returned to his home city Vienna. From there he had to flee again in 1934, afterwards his path of life is unknown.
He continued his career as a movie director in the 20s.
Conrad Wiene was born in Vienna, younger son of the successful actor Carl Wiene, in whose footsteps Conrad initially followed as a stage and screen actor.
He co-directed his first films with his older brother Robert, and later made almost twenty feature films, mostly silent. On most of them he also wrote the screenplays.
The director and screenwriter Conrad Wiene began his career as a stage actor in Dresden. It followed engagements at different theaters in Germany and Austria, among them Gera, Lübeck, Hannover, Vienna and finally Berlin where he appeared at the Schillertheater.
He was a younger brother of German film director Robert Wiene (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari).
His name was connected with the first proposal in 1930 in Vienna to film Lion Feuchtwanger's 1925 historical novel Jud Süß ("Jew Süss"), but the project never reached the production stage.

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