Gerbert Rappaport (Herbert Rappaport)

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Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Gerbert Moritsevich Rappaport was born on July 7, 1908, in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). His father, Morice Rappaport, was a Doctor psychoanalyst. In 1927-28, young Rappaport studied law at University of Vienna. In 1928 he moved to Berlin and started working at Nero-Film Studio. There he met his Austrian compatriot, director Georg Pabst. During the 1930s he worked as assistant director with Georg Wilhelm Pabst in about ten productions, including several works with the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. There, in 1935, Rappaport was handpicked by Boris Shumyatskiy, the leader of the Soviet State Committee for Cinema. Read more...