Robert Siodmak

08.08.1900, Dresden, Germany - 10.03.1973, Locarno, Switzerland



German director and screenwriter.

He started working in film in 1925 as a translator of silent films. He worked as an editor and assistant director, and in 1929 he directed his first film Sunday People with Edgar G. Ulmer. Other collaborators on this film are Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder and Robert's brother Kurt Siodmak, all of whom later became Hollywood directors and screenwriters.

After Hitler came to power, Siodmak emigrated to France, where he made several unnoticed films.

In 1939 he arrived in the USA 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 acclaimed The Killers (1944) .

He also shot 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'

Son of Dracula

(USA, 1943)

Directed by: Robert Siodmak
PHOTOGRAPHY: George Robinson

Skrivajući se iza lažnog imena Alucard, grof Drakula sanduke ispunjene zemljom šalje u grad New Orleans u američkoj državi Louisiana. Nedugo potom, mlada i privlačna Katherine 'Kay' Caldwell na plantaži svoje obitelji priređuje zabavu, na koju pozove i grofa Alucarda, kojeg je nešto ranije upoznala u Budimpešti. Katherine je mlađa od dviju kćeri vlasnika plantaže, pukovnika Caldwella, koja se odluči ne obazirati na upozorenja ciganske proročice o tome da njoj i njezi...

b/w, 80'
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