Early Constantin[edit | edit source]
Constantin was created in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1933. It was named for the father of one of the founders, Preben Philipsen. On April 1, 1950, Constantin was created in West Germany by Philipsen and Waldfried Barthel, who would later become the head of publicity for the company. The German Constantin originally was the country's national distributor of films produced by Columbia Pictures and United Artists. Throughout the 1950s, Constantin distributed both popular and art-house films from several nations as well as medium-budgeted domestic films.