Lotte H. Eisner

Lotte H. Eisner (5 March 1896 – 25 November 1983, Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris) was a French-German film critic, historian, writer and poet. She was born Lotte Henriette Eisner in Berlin as a daughter of a Jewish merchant. After studies in Berlin and Munich, from 1927, she worked as a theater and film critic for German newspapers, working for, among others, Film-Kurier, a daily film newspaper published in Berlin. In 1933 she fled from Germany to France to avoid anti-Jewish persecution by the Nazis. During World War II she hid for a time, but finally was caught and interned in the French concentration camp at the town of Gurs in Aquitaine, France. She managed to survive the war, and after the Liberation she returned to Paris. She worked closely with Henri Langlois, the founder of the Cinémathèque Française, where she worked as a Chief Archivist from 1945 until her retirement in 1975. Lotte H. Eisner continued to write for the monthly Cahiers du Cinéma and La Revue du Cinéma.


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