A personal story of survival against all odds.

Blacklisted three times, he fulfilled his destiny with passion, romance and great style.

PAUL HENREID, BEYOND VICTOR LASZLO A Project of Documentaries

I am not making this documentary because my father, Paul Henreid, was a movie star. I am doing this because he was blacklisted THREE times in THREE countries for THREE different reasons and STILL became a movie star, respected director and mentor to future Oscar, Emmy and Tony winners. His story reads like a Hollywood script ... more romantic and heartbreaking than Jerry Durance lighting two cigarettes and more dangerous and heroic than Victor Laszlo leading La Marseillaise.

How does a quiet, private man, live in a very public spotlight. Thankfully, a childhood friendship turned into a romance and a marriage that lasted 60 years ... in Hollywood. Highly intelligent, his social circle included some of the great writers and thinkers of the time.His personal demons - finding his father's corpse, living up to his mother's dissatisfaction and demanding ways and being unjustly blacklisted after the success of NOW VOYAGER and CASABLANCA - followed him from youth to old age.

He survived defying the Nazis and defending the freedom of speech by reinventing his life and career on his own terms with his own talent and determination. We hear first hand from individuals who knew him throughout his life, along with those whose fledgling careers later flourished. We experience the painful tearing apart of his family because of his inability to let go of old world values and accept the choices of those he loved the most in modern terms.

From the Belle Epoch through the end of Empire, surviving a childhood in Vienna during World War I and narrowly escaping the Nazis during World War II, Paul Georg Julius Hernried Ritter von Wasel Waldingau became Paul Henreid; beloved and neglected, free thinking and dictatorial, an intellectual who became depressed and self exiled. His story is one of overcoming extraordinary circumstances. This gentleman, this gentle man of elegance, beauty and grace appreciated all of life's offerings and fought hard and often to achieve his goals of success. To him, success meant leaving behind a good body of work.

Against all odds, his mission was accomplished. My father brought romance, happiness and joy into the lives of his fans along with both an abundance of love and demanding challenges to his friends and family. This is PAUL HENREID, BEYOND VICTOR LASZLO.

$6,135 Raised
12% towards $50,000 Goal

Supported by 20 Donations:

  • Kim B.
    I Gave $25
  • Jorge N.
    I Gave $2,500
    Documentary is looking great!
  • Toni Nanette  T.
  • don m.
    I Gave $1,000
    Wish it was more! This incredible story must be told!
  • Laura-Jean E.
    I Gave $25
    Glad to donate to memory of a fine and unique person in Paul Henreid.
  • Julie M.
    I Gave $100
    In loving memory of Paul Henreid
  • Jorge N.
    I Gave $1,000
    Beautiful story that needs to be told.
  • Susan M.
    I Gave $50
    I have had a life long love of Paul Henreid and his films. What a wonderful actor and director.
  • Catherine  B.
    I Gave $25
    A wonderful story which is involved with so many important events of the twentieth century.
  • David  S.
    I Gave $35
    For Paul and free-speech, now again in danger.
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    Anonymous
  • Kim B.
    I Gave $25
    I can't wait to see this fabulous story to tell! 💗
  • John R.
    I Gave $50
  • Simon B.
    I Gave $25
  • Lawrence R.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Lydia J.
    A good cause...
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    Now Voyager is one of my mom's and my favorite movies to watch together. I'd love to know more about the sweet lead.
  • Roxann H.
    I Gave $50
    I'll contribute as often as I possibly can with this important project.