1892 - 1969
The director Ludwig Berger was born as Ludwig Gottfried Heinrich Bamberger into a prosperous family. He early got a musical education and studied German philology and art history later.
He volunteered for the German army when World War I broke out but was released because he was unfit for military service.
Ludwig Berger launched his artistic career in 1916 as a director at the theater in Mainz. It followed engagements at different German theaters where he especially was successful with plays by Shakespeare.
He gained a foothold in the film business in 1920 and realised with "Der Richter von Zalamea" (20) shis first movie, he also wrote the script for it.
It followed the popular productions "Der Roman der Christine von Herre" (21), "Ein Glas Wasser" (23) and "Der verlorene Schuh".
After the movies "Ein Walzertraum" (25) and "Der Meister von Nürnberg" (27) he also worked for the USA for the first time.
When Mauritz Stiller died unexpected during the shooting of "The Street of Sin" (28) he finished the movie and could realise some more productions in the next years. To these movies belong "The Woman from Moscow" (28) with Pola Negri, "Sins of the Fathers" (28) with Emil Jannings, Jean Arthur and ZasuPitts as well as the two talkies "The Vagabond King" (30) with Dennis King and Jeanette MacDonald and "The Playboy of Paris" (30) with Maurice Chevalier.
Between his works in the USA he also realised the movie "Das brennende Herz" (29) with Mady Christians and Gustav Fröhlich in Germany.
When he returned to Germany Ludwig Berger shot the movies "Ich bei Tag
und Du bei Nacht" (32) withWilly Fritsch and Käthe von Nagy and "Walzerkrieg"
(33) with Renate Müller.
After a stop over in the USA again with the realisation of "Early to
Bed" (33) with Heather Angel he went into exile to Holland where he also
was able to realise some movies from 1937.
Ludwig Berger did not connect his direction for "The Thief of Bagdad" (40) with Conrad Veidt and Sabu with positive reminiscenses because producer Alexander Korda took over a massive influence in his work which led to a general confusion on the set.
Ludwig Berger returned to Germany after the war in 1947, three years
later he realised his first post-war movie with "Ballerina" (50).
His brother Rudolf Bamberger was a famous production designer and stage
designer. He died in 1944/45 in the KZ Auschwitz.
Other movies from Ludwig Berger