Robert Neppach

Robert Neppach
Born 2 March 1890
Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died 18 August 1939 (1939-08-19) (aged 49)
Zurich, Switzerland
Occupation Film producer
Art director
Years active 1919-1937 (film)

Robert Neppach (2 March 1890 – 18 August 1939) was an Austrian architect, film producer and art director. Neppach worked from 1919 in the German film industry. He oversaw the art direction of over eighty films during his career, including F.W. Murnau's Desire (1921) and Richard Oswald's Lucrezia Borgia (1922).[1] Neppach was comparatively unusual among set designers during the era in having university training.[2]

In 1932 he switched to concentrate on film production. In May 1933, his first Jewish wife Nelly, a successful tennis player, took her life because of the discrimination and prosecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. He married Grete Walter, daughter of the composer Bruno Walter, in autumn of 1933. With his Jewish wife, life grew increasingly difficult for him under the Nazis. He began to work as an architect again and the couple emigrated to Switzerland. In 1939, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, he shot himself and his wife.

Selected filmography

Art director


  • Little Man, What Now? (1933)
  • Punks kommt aus Amerika (1935)
  • Kater Lampe (1936)
  • Hilde Petersen postlagernd (1936)


  1. Eisner p.351
  2. Bergfelder, Harris & Street p.35-36


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