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G.W. Pabst
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Filmmaker
    (August 25, 1885-May 29, 1967)
    Born in Raudnitz, Austria-Hungary (now Roudnic nad Labem, Czech Republic)
    Birth name was Georg Wilhelm Pabst
    Directed 'The Joyless Street' (1925), 'The Loves of Jeanne Ney' (1927), 'Pandora's Box' (1929), 'Diary of a Lost Girl' (1929), 'Westfront 1918' (1930), 'The Three Penny Opera' (1931), 'Kammeradschaft' (1931), 'A Modern Hero' (1934), 'Mademoiselle Doctor' (1936), 'Girls in Distress' (1939), 'The Comedians' (1941), 'Paraceslus' (1943),'The Trial' (1948), 'The Last 10 Days' (1955) and 'It Happened on July 20th' (1955)
    He was overshadowed by fellow German film pioneers Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau.
    Due to censorship, many of his films were not shown the way he had intended for decades.
    He returned to Austria and Germany (1938) and made films for the Nazi regime.
    Jean Renoir said, '[Pabst] knows how, better than anyone else, to direct actors.'
    He created the cinema's first lesbian character, Countess Geschwitz in 'Pandora's Box.'
    He won the French Legion of Honor for advocating Franco-German cooperation in 'Kameradschaft.'
    His wife claimed that he had returned to Germany to take care of family business and planned to stay only temporarily, but he was trapped in the country when WWII broke out.

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