Michael Roemer

Film director

Michael Roemer (born January 1, 1928 ) is a film director, producer and writer. He has won several awards for his films. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. A professor at Yale University, he is the author of Telling Stories. Roemer was born to a well-to-do Jewish family in Berlin, Germany. After the Nazis came to power in 1933 and began restricting the rights of Jews to work, his father and his grandfather found themselves unable to work and provide for the family, and eventually lost everything. At the age of 11, Roemer was sent out of Germany on one of the Kindertransports. In England, he attended Bunce Court School, a German-Jewish school for refugees, both pupils and staff. There, he met Wilhelm Marckwald, an actor and former director of the Deutsches Theater Berlin and also a refugee. The playwright Frank Marcus and the painter Frank Auerbach were two of his friends at Bunce Court. Roemer emigrated to the United States in 1945. Roemer received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1949. While at Harvard, Roemer directed his first film, A Touch of the Times, possibly the first feature film produced at an American college. After graduating, he worked for Louis  ( Wikipedia article )


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