Birth Name: Wolfgang Petersen
Birth Place: Germany
Petersen was born in the cauldron of World War II on March 14, 1941 in Emden, Germany, a northern seaport city that saw its saw its share of wartime action, including a devastating Allied bombing raid in 1944 that nearly wiped out the entire city center. After the war, Petersen developed a passion for all things American and by the age of 11 became obsessed with the idea of making movies - to his mind an essentially American art form. Initially drawn to the films of John Ford for their clear presentation of good and evil - a stark contrast to the ambiguously drawn Europe of the day - Petersen later immersed himself in the directors of the French Nouvelle Vague, particularly Francois Truffaut...
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