I am so happy today that I can share with you my precious collection and personal thoughts towards THE GREAT, THE ONE and THE ONLY GENIUS among the actors of all generations: CONRAD VEIDT. This website, that I created with love and devotion in the memory of my beloved cinema idol, is entirely dedicated to Connie, and I hope that you will enjoy my work and you will get to know even better the legendary and iconic figure of the Silver Screen. On my website, you will have the chance to read many interesting articles about Connie’s life and career, but also to admire lots of wonderful photos and videos, and many other unique items. For some of you, Conrad Veidt may be forgotten, and this is where my mission begins – I want to revive the German actor’s image and help the people from around the world to recognize him, to respect and treasure his extremely valuable contribution to the seventh art, which, after all, is the most important legacy that an exponent of the cinema could leave to the future generations. I have the faith that I will reunite, through my website, as many Conrad Veidt fans as possible. I want that both women and men FIGHT FOR CONRAD VEIDT, as they used to say in the most glorious period of the actor’s artistic life: the 1920’s-1930’s. Even if Connie left us too soon, dying from a heart attack at the age of 50, he is still alive, thanks to his immortal movies – THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, CASABLANCA, WAXWORKS, CONTRABAND, THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE, DARK JOURNEY (my personal favourite, in which Connie co-starred with his most beautiful and talented partner, Vivien Leigh), and many, many others.
For those who want to know more about the life and career of Conrad Veidt, I recommend these two books
Conrad Veidt: From Caligari to Casablanca, by J. C. Allen (published in 1992 by Blackwell Science Ltd.)
Conrad Veidt on Screen, by John T. Soister (published in 2002 by McFarland & Company)
And for those who want to read a short biography, you could search for Conrad Veidt on the IMDb website, where there is also a complete filmography of his http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0891998/.
Finally, I want to invite everyone, from all the corners of the world, to join me on my special tribute dedicated with deep love and admiration to Conrad Veidt. I also encourage you to vote for your favourite character(s) played by Connie (see the Poll from the home page), and also to share part of your own collection, if you want. You could send photos (I will credit you), articles, and give suggestions to anything related to this website. So, feel free to leave your comments on any page (the Articles, the Gallery, the Movies I/II, the Media), and to contact me whenever you like on the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will try to give you a reply as soon as possible.
Thank you very much, and just like in the famous line from the movie “Casablanca”, I hope that “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” between all of us, the fans who reunite and participate, with great joy, to the fantastic and unique world of Conrad Veidt.
Together we can fight for Conrad Veidt!
P.S.: Almost all the photos from my website contain watermarks – except for those that contain watermarks from certain photo agencies. The reason is that part of them are original scans from my own collection, for which I paid a lot of money, and I think it’s unfair for others to pretend that the high quality photos are theirs, when actually they were scanned and digitally restored by me. So, I am sorry, but I think that it’s only natural to put my signature on them, just like other serious collectors do.
I want to thank Marion Goldmund-Lux, Vivienne Phillips, Lisa Dietrich, Caroline Niesley, Barbara Peterson, Jim Rathlesberger, James Henry, Annichen Skaren, Andi Brooks and all the Conrad Veidt fans around the world for their cooperation.
I am not only a great Connie Veidt fan, but also an admirer and a collector of classic movies. This is only part of my big collection, that I managed to purchase over the years: books, albums, magazines, original photos, or scanned photos from different film archives, and also DVDs. Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t show everything I had on my desk.