Gottfried Reinhardt

Gottfried Reinhardt (20 March 1913 19 July 1994) was an Austrian-born American film director and producer.

Gottfried Reinhardt
Born(1913-03-20)20 March 1913
Died19 July 1994(1994-07-19) (aged 81)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1952 1965


Reinhardt was born in Berlin the son of the Austrian theater director Max Reinhardt (until 1904: Max Goldmann), manager of the Deutsches Theater, and his first wife Else Heims. Gottfried attended the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin and began his career as an actor and director at his father's stage.

In 1932, he went on a study visit to the US, where he remained after the Nazi Machtergreifung in Germany on 30 January 1933. In Hollywood, he became assistant director of Ernst Lubitsch, later a production assistant at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, contributing to the making of the 1938 film The Great Waltz. In 1941 he produced Two-Faced Woman starring Greta Garbo in her final film role. A naturalized American, he served in the US Army in World War II.

Reinhardt gave his debut as a director with Invitation in 1952. Two years later he again worked in Germany; his film version Before Sundown of Gerhart Hauptmann's drama Vor Sonnenuntergang starring Hans Albers won the Golden Bear (Audience award) at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Gottfried Reinhardt was the stepfather of US federal judge Stephen Reinhardt.[2] He died of pancreatic cancer.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  2. "Stephen Reinhardt of 9th Circuit : Liberal U.S. Judge Swims Against Conservative Tide". Los Angeles Times. 1986-08-17. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  3. Grimes, William (1994-07-21). "Gottfried Reinhardt, 81, Film Director and Producer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
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