Peter Riethof

Active - 1955 - 1961  |   Born - Jan 1, 1905   |   Died - Aug 22, 1994   |   Genres - Drama, Children's/Family, Adventure, Science Fiction

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Over his 45-year career, Peter Riethof dubbed over 1,000 films and played a key role in introducing U.S. audiences to European cinema. He was highly respected on both sides of the Atlantic. Before entering the film industry, the Czechoslovakian native studied chemistry in Prague. He launched his show business career as a theater director and, during the early '30s, he lived in Vienna, but fled in 1938 to avoid Nazi capture. He was forced to stay in France for a couple of years, but in 1942, Riethof escaped to Cuba and from there came to the U.S. He became a U.S. citizen after the war ended. It was around that time that he founded the American Dubbing Company. The New York-based outfit lasted for a decade and was responsible for dubbing most of Ingmar Bergman's features, Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954), and such films as Heidi (1952) and Anna (1951). Riethof dubbed his way through the 1950s, then returned to settle in Paris, and founded Oscar Films in 1958. For his dubbing of Rene Clement's Plein Soleil/Purple Noon (1960), Riethof earned the Independent Film Importers and Distributors of America dubbing award in 1961. He won the same award in 1962, for Boccaccio 70.