Max Ophüls
Date of Birth
May 06, 1902
Birth Place:
Saarbrucken, Germany


Abandoning journalism for the theater, Max Oppenheim changed his name to Max Ophüls so as not to embarrass his father, a German-Jewish garment manufacturer, if he failed. An actor from 1919, Ophüls turned to directing in 1924. Two years later he took creative charge of Vienna's Burgtheater, offering an exhaustive repertory of Austrian, German, Russian, French and English classics. Ophuls had 200...