Paul Leni

Paul Leni

Additional Names: Paul Josef Leni (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Bauten, Kostümbild
*08.07.1885 Stuttgart; †02.09.1929 Hollywood, Kalifornien, USA

Biography

Paul Leni was born in 1885 in Stuttgart and died in 1929 in Hollywood. After training as a draftsman at an ornamental ironworks, he studied at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, followed by work designing film posters and stage sets. He worked in film from 1913 onwards, making his debut as a director with "Das Tagebuch des Dr. Hart" in 1916. After the First World War, he designed the sets for Leopold Jessner’s melodrama "Backstairs" (1921). In 1924, he directed the episodic film "Waxworks" ("Das Wachsfigurenkabinett"). In the years that followed, he worked primarily as a set designer for various producers.

From 1926 onwards, he arranged several stage shows in New York, and designed numerous crime thrillers for the Hollywood producer Carl Laemmle, causing a sensation with his ingenious lighting and visual effects. His other films include: "Dornroeschen" (1917), "Die platonische Ehe" (1918), "Prince Cuckoo" ("Prinz Kuckuck", 1919), "The Genoa Conspiracy" ("Die Verschwoerung zu Genua", 1921), "Backstairs" ("Hintertreppe", 1921), "The Cat and the Canary" (1927), and "The Last Warning" (1928), among others.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

Filmography

1928 The Man who Laughs
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 8
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 8 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 7 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 7
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 6
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 6 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 5 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 5
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 4 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 4
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 3 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 3
Director
 
1925/1926 Wie einst im Mai
Production design, Costume design
 
1925/1926 Der goldene Schmetterling
Production design
 
1925/1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 2 (Auflösung)
Director
 
1925/1926 Manon Lescaut
Production design, Costume design
 
1925/1926 Rebus-Film Nr. 2
Director
 
1925/1926 Fiaker Nr. 13
Production design
 
1925 Rebus-Film Nr. 1. Auflösung
Director, Story
 
1925 Rebus-Film Nr. 1
Director, Story
 
1925 Der Tänzer meiner Frau
Production design
 
1925 Die Frau von vierzig Jahren
Production design
 
1924/1925 Der Farmer aus Texas
Production design
 
1924 Die Liebesbriefe der Baronin von S...
Production design
 
1923/1924 Das Wachsfigurenkabinett
Director, Production design
 
1923/1924 Der Film im Film
Participation
 
1922/1923 Tragödie der Liebe. Teil 1
Production design
 
1922/1923 Tragödie der Liebe. Teil 2
Production design
 
1922/1923 Tragödie der Liebe. Teil 3
Production design
 
1922/1923 Tragödie der Liebe. Teil 4
Production design
 
1922/1923 Tragödie der Liebe
Production design
 
1921/1922 Kämpfende Welten
Production design
 
1921/1922 Frauenopfer
Production design
 
1921 Der Mann aus Neapel
Production design
 
1921 Die Hintertreppe
Director, Production design
 
1921 Lady Hamilton
Production design, Set construction, Costume design
 
1921 Die Geier-Wally
Production design
 
1920/1921 Die Verschwörung zu Genua
Director, Screenplay, Production design
 
1920 Der weiße Pfau. Tragödie einer Tänzerin
Screenplay, Production design
 
1920 Patience. Die Karten des Todes
Director, Production design
 
1919 Prinz Kuckuck
Director, Production design
 
1919 Rausch
Production design
 
1918/1919 Veritas Vincit
Production design
 
1918 Mania. Die Geschichte einer Zigarettenarbeiterin
Production design
 
1918 Die platonische Ehe
Director, Production design, Set design
 
1917/1918 Das Rätsel von Bangalor
Director, Screenplay, Production design
 
1917 Dornröschen
Director, Production design, Costume design
 
1917 Der Blusenkönig
Production design
 
1917 Prima vera
Director, Production design
 
1917 Der Ring der Giuditta Foscari
Production design
 
1916 Das Tagebuch des Dr. Hart
Director, Production design
 
1915 Der ewige Friede
Production design
 
1915 Das achte Gebot. Du sollst nicht falsches Zeugnis reden wider deinen Nächsten
Production design
 
1915 Der Katzensteg
Cast, Production design
 
1914 Das Panzergewölbe
Production design
 
1913/1914 Die geheimnisvolle Villa
Production design
 
1913 Der junge Graf
Production design
 

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