Paul May

Paul May (8 May 1909 25 February 1976) was a German film director and editor. He directed 40 films between 1935 and 1972.[1]

Paul May
Born(1909-05-08)8 May 1909
Munich, Germany
Died25 February 1976(1976-02-25) (aged 66)
Taufkirchen, Germany
OccupationFilm director
Film editor
Years active1935-1972


He was the son of Peter Ostermayr, a film producer with Universum Film AG, and his wife Olga, née Wernhard. After secondary school in Feldkirch, he entered to film industry and trained in film laboratory work. He became a film editor in 1930 and assistant director in 1935. His first film as director was Edelweißkönig, in 1938.

After the Second World War, he adopted the pseudonym Paul May. His greatest successes were 08/15 (1954), The Forests Sing Forever (1959), Via Mala (1961) from the book by John Knittel, and Scotland Yard Hunts Dr. Mabuse (1963) with Peter van Eyck. He also directed for television. He directed more than forty films between 1935 and 1972.

Selected filmography





  1. "Paul May". Film Portal. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
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