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Robert Dornhelm was born in Temeshvar/Romania in 1947, emigrated with his family to Austria in 1961, and lives today in Los Angeles. From 1965 to 1967 he studied at the Vienna Film Academy. Afterwards he worked from 1967 to 1975 as a documentary film director for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). After several projects, Dornhelm presented his debut film in 1977, The Children of Theatre Street. The documentary about the Mariinsky Ballet School (today Kirov Ballet School) in St. Petersburg, starring Grace Kelly, was nominated for an Oscar. His other films include: She Dances Alone (1981) – the story of Kyra Nijinsky, the daughter of the great Russian dancer Vaclav Nijinsky, Digital Dreams (1983), about Bill Wyman, the bassist and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Echo Park (1986), Requiem for Dominic (1990), The Unfish (1997), The Venice Project (1999), Anne Frank (2001), Sins of the Father (2002), RFK (2002), Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003), Spartacus (2004), Into the West (2005), The Ten Commandments (2006), The Crown Prince (2006), War and Peace (2007), and Karajan – Or Beauty As I See It (2008).