Robert Dornhelm

Robert Dornhelm (born 17 December 1947 in Temesvár, Kingdom of Hungary) is an Austrian film and television director.

Robert Dornhelm
Born (1947-12-17) December 17, 1947
OccupationFilm and television director


Dornhelm is of Jewish descent.[1] He has worked on numerous television programmes and has also released such movies as Echo Park, The Venice Project, Der Unfisch, and A Further Gesture. In 1998 Der Unfisch won the Citizen's Choice Award at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

He directed the 1977 documentary film The Children of Theatre Street, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Dornhelm directed the television miniseries Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. He also directed the new TV adaptation Spartacus (2004) and the 2011 film The Amanda Knox Story.

Decorations and awards

Selected filmography


  1. Davis, Sally Ogle (August 1, 2002). "Prime Time for Hitler". Jewish Journal. Romanian-born, Viennese-reared Jewish director Robert Dornhelm, who directed the acclaimed Anne Frank miniseries last year, says he also turned the project down when it was offered to him
  2. "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1720. Retrieved 1 February 2013.

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