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Max Reinhardt Max Reinhardt can be described as one of the greatest directors in history A great innovator and a master of spectacle he staged gigantic productions full of pageantry and color Reinhardt became one of the first theatrical directors to achieve widespread recognition as a major creative artist working in Berlin Salzburg New York City and Hollywood His work summed up all theater before him and opened new doorways for the theater that followed Max Reinhardt was born Max Goldmann on September 9th 1873 in Baden near Vienna He was the oldest of the seven children born to Wilhelm and Rose Goldmann an Orthodox Jewish couple With his only brother Edmund young Max played long hours with puppets and from their balcony watched the real puppets in the streets He was educated at the Untergymnasium and was in a banking business till seventeen Carter 33 Though his parents were remote from theatrical life they were sympathetic to his fascination with the actors of the Vienna Burgtheater and at the urging of one of these they allowed their son to exchange his boredom as a bank clerk for the excitement of drama school Britannica Although he proved to be an inhibited actor needing a beard and heavy makeup to release his talents Reinhardt won local fame and friends in Salzburg where he studied In 1890 he began his career under the name Max Reinhardt and in 1894 was invited to Berlin by Otto Brahm director of the Deutsches Theater His life took a dramatic turn when on the eve of one of Brahms production an actor named Muller cast to play an old skipper committed suicide Brahm was devastated no understudy had rehearsed and the production company risked loss of money Reinhardt stepped up and performed in Mullers place saving Brahms production and establishing his presence especially in Brahms eyes Fr om this moment his progress was assured Under Brahm Reinhardt learned
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