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 Joe May

Joe May

Birth
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death 5 May 1954 (aged 73)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Plains of Abraham (formerly Section 14), Row III, #45
Memorial ID 8771 · View Source
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Motion Picture Director. A pioneer of German Cinema, he was born Joseph Mandel in Vienna. He directed stage operettas in Berlin before entering films in 1911, and formed his own studio in 1914. May produced some of Europe's earliest serials and later launched a vogue for exotic adventure yarns. Director Fritz Lang got his start writing scripts for May, notably for "Mistress of the World" (1920) and "The Indian Tomb" (1921). A skillful if rather superficial filmaker, May experimented with different cinematic trends without developing a personal, signature style. The two films considered his best are different in approach. "Homecoming" (1928), a love triangle set during World War I, made use of Expressionist techniques, while "Asphalt" (1929), a working-class "street film", employed documentary-like realism. May fled Germany after the Nazi takeover in 1933. He resumed directing in Hollywood, but his assignments were minor and he ended up writing stories for B films at Universal. May's last years were spent running a Viennese restaurant in Los Angeles. He was married to actress Mia May, who starred in many of his early films. Their daughter, actress Eva May, committed suicide at 22 in 1924.

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  • Added: 8 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8771
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joe May (7 Nov 1880–5 May 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8771, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .