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Hans Hinrich

Hans Hinrich
Born(1903-12-27)27 December 1903
Died20 October 1974(1974-10-20) (aged 70)
Berlin, West Germany
Years active1932–1972

Hans Hinrich (27 November 1903 – 20 October 1974) was a German film director and actor. He initially worked in Germany but later also worked in Italy where he was usually credited as Giovanni Hinrich.[citation needed]

Hinrich was a noted theatre director, before moving into film directing in 1932. Hinrich was of Jewish heritage but he converted to Catholicism.[citation needed] While he was initially granted permission to continue working following the Nazi takeover of Germany, he found it increasingly difficult and moved to Italy following the production of Freight from Baltimore (1938). During the Fascist era he made several films such as the historical Lucrezia Borgia (1940).[1] When Hinrich was threatened with dismissal from the 1941 film Il vetturale del San Gottardo, several of his actors including Osvaldo Valenti secured a reversal of the decision by protesting their support for him.[2]

After the war Hinrich moved from directing to acting. He made his on screen debut in the 1946 neorealist film Before Him All Rome Trembled and also appearing in Les Misérables (1948). He later returned to his native Germany.





  1. ^ Moudarres & Moudarres p.115-116
  2. ^ Lehman & Grieb p.181


  • Lehman, Will & Grieb, Margit. Cultural Perspectives on Film, Literature, and Language. Universal-Publishers, 2010.
  • Moudarres, Andrea & Purdy Moudarres, Christiana. New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance: Contributions to the History of European Intellectual Culture. BRILL, 2012.

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