Robert Siodmak

08.08.1900, Dresden, Germany - 10.03.1973, Locarno, Switzerland


Siodmak was a German director and screenwriter. He started to work in film in 1925 as a translator of text in silent films. He worked as an editor and directors assistant and in 1929 directed his first film People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) together with Edgar G. Ulmer. Other collaborators on this film include Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder and Robert’s brother Kurt Siodmak, who all later became Hollywood directors and screenwriters. After Hitler came to power, Siodmak immigrated to France where he made several unnoticed films. In 1939, he arrived in the US and directed noir films such as The Suspect (1944), The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1945), The Dark Mirror (1946) and the most esteemed The Killers (1946). He also made Cry of the City (1948), Criss Cross (1949), The File on Thelma Jordon (1950), Deported (1950), The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) and The Crimson Pirate (1952) after which he returned to Europe. He continued to make films until 1969 but most of them were only average.


Films by this director

Phantom Lady


Directed by: Robert Siodmak
PHOTOGRAPHY: Elwood Bredell

One evening an engineer, Scott Henderson, mourning over his broken marriage, starts a conversation with a mysterious woman. She is elegantly dressed, with an ornate hat. She seems even sadder and more lost than Henderson. So, he invites her to a dance show, and she gladly accepts. After the show they part without even saying their names. When he returns to his apartment, Henderson finds three detectives. His wife has been strangled. Inspector Burgess starts the interrogation in order...

b/w, 87 min

People on Sunday

(Menschen am Sonntag, Germany, 1929)

Directed by: Robert Siodmak
PHOTOGRAPHY: Eugen Schüfftan

Four people from Berlin spend an afternoon at a picnic by a lake. A wine salesman, Wolfgang, met Christl the day before and invited her out for a picnic over the weekend. Christl’s friend Brigitte and Wolfgang’s friend, a taxi driver named Erwin, join them.

b/w, silent, 73'
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