1883 - 1962
The production designer August Rinaldi was born asAugust Goldschmidt in Neumarkt.
After his education at the academy of arts in Munich and Rome he started his professional life as an interior designer. Beside it he was alco active as a painter.
He was able to gain a foothold in the film business in the middle of the 10s and he was responsible for the set for productions like "Die Bettelprinzessin" (16), "Es werde Licht" (17), "Der lebende Leichnam" (18) and "Dämon der Welt" (19).
In the 20s followed again a number of silent movies and he worked as a production designer for the movies "Nirvana" (20), "Der Sturz in die Flammen" (20), "Die vom Zirkus" (22), "Das Spiel der Liebe" (24), "Nixchen" (26), "Frühere Verhältnisse" (27), "Der Walzerkrieg" (28), "Giftgas" (29) and "Somnambul" (29).
In the sound film era of the 30s he only got few more engagements as an art director, among them "Ehestreik" (30), "Stürmische Nacht" (31) and "Fidele Razzia" (32).
As a Jew he was not able to continue his job in the National Socialist Germany and to carry on work who were in the focus of the public. So he earned his money again as a painter till he decided in 1939 to leave Germany.
He managed to emigrate to the USA where he became an US citizen six years later. But he was not able to gain a foothold again in the film business. Instead he worked among others as an inventor in order make his living.