Constantin J. David

Constantin J. David (18 February 1886 – 19 February 1964) was a German journalist, film director, film producer, and actor. He is also known for his marriage to the Hungarian actress, singer, and model Käthe von Nagy.[1][2][3]

Constantin J. David
Born(1886-02-18)February 18, 1886
Constantinople, Turkey
DiedFebruary 19, 1964(1964-02-19) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, United States
OccupationActor, director, producer, journalist
Years active1925–1949


Early life and family

The son of a Spanish Jewish mother and a German Jewish father, he lived in Constantinople in Turkey, until the age of 16. Once back in Germany, David first showed talent as a journalist and writer. He earned his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, and went on to study literature and art in Berlin and then Munich. David then worked for a literary magazine until 1918. In 1921 he founded the International Institute of Modern Art, and from 1922 to 1925 he worked as a producer and co-owner of the German film company Greenbaum Filme.

Film career

At the beginning of 1925, David took his first steps as a film director with the Greenbaum company's first film as a producer and co-director. After five years in this profession and a handful of moderately interesting productions (including two with his then-wife, actress Käthe von Nagy), he turned back to his studies in literature and art. From 1929 onwards he focused on the establishment of the first Italian sound film studios in Turin and Rome, and soon after he did the same thing in Spain.

War years and later life

1936, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, David left the country and went via Italy in 1937 to Turkey, where he designed a five-year plan for the state's film-making. During the Second World War David spend most of his time in France, after which he traveled to the United States to continue his film career. Constantin J. David died in 1964.

He married in 1941. He and his wife had two daughters.


Year Title Notes
1925 Den of Iniquity
1925 The Untouched Woman
1926 Our Daily Bread
1926 Countess Ironing-Maid
1927 The Girl Without a Homeland
1927 Men Before Marriage
1928 Under Suspicion
1928 The Republic of Flappers
1929 Diary of a Coquette
1930 Kennst du das Land?
1931 Liebeslied
1931 So beginnen deine Tage
1935 La romerio del Rocio short film
1935 La musa y el Fénix short film
1948 Parole, Inc. directed by Alfred Zeisler
1949 Alimony directed by Alfred Zeisler


  1. "Constantin J. David". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  2. "Constantin J. David". Faksimile. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  3. "Constantin J. David". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2014-24-04.

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