The ultimate moviestar of TR?

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The ultimate moviestar of TR?

Post by maxxx » 12 Jun 2004 16:54

In your opinion: Who was the most popular leading actress/actor in Germany during the period 33-45?

Let´s give away our own "academy award".
(Instead of "oscar" we could baptize it the "adolf" :D or even better "the leaping joseph" )

Who was best director?
Best movie?

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Post by varjag » 14 Jun 2004 01:43

Was not Emil Jannings a very acclaimed name in German film? Mainly in complex 'character' parts?

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Post by maxxx » 16 Jun 2004 00:31

Jannings was also very popular in america- he got the first male leading oscar in 1927/28 for THE WAY OF ALL FLESH.

his international fame was at its height with THE BLUE ANGEL / DER BLAUE ENGEL, the first film to make Marlene Dietrich famous.

In Germany he went on with a lot of films.But actors of similar type like Heinrich George got the better parts .

By the way: Heinrich George was a great actor- he had great performances like in DER POSTMEISTER, but also played some terrible propaganda movies. He died in soviet custody after the war.

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Post by Heinrich George » 16 Jun 2004 18:46

Jannings and George were great actors, but the most popular "star" during the Reich was Hans Albers. Because he wasn't a Nazi he was able to continue his career after the war, but his later films weren't his best.

IMDB has little on Albers other than his filmography (not surprising as he's virtually unknown in America). Here is the primary German site:

http://www.der-blonde-hans.de/

Albers also made many recordings, including the immortal "Auf Der Reeperbahn Nachts Um Halb Eins."

The Swedish singer and actress Zarah Leander was probably the biggest female star:

http://german.imdb.com/name/nm0495136/

"Die Grosse Liebe," which includes some of Leander's biggest hits, was the most popular German film during the war.

Incidentally, two stars of the period died in May, Carl Raddatz and Marika Rokk. Ilse Werner is probably the last major survivor.

Unfortunately, most films made during the Third Reich are unavailable in any format and cinema retrospectives are very rare. The last major one in the Washington area was in 1995.

TCM has a few titles available. Here is their complete catalog of German films:

http://turnerclassic.moviesunlimited.co ... E7SPFQ3QM2

They also list a few noteworthy postwar films such as "Punishment Battalion 999" and "The Doctor of Stalingrad."

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Post by maxxx » 17 Jun 2004 23:38

and what about heinz rühmann? if albers was the greatest "hero" he was the greatest "comedian". His movies were of different quality and his relation to the regime is a little dark spot on his long lasting career (until the 80ies...) but especially as Hans Albers sidekick in THE MAN WHO WAS SHERLOCK HOLMES or in the early musical comedy DIE DREI VON DER TANKSTELLE he was really good.

He was also a keen hobby pilot (See QUAX DER BRUCHPILOT) and performed some of the air-stunts in this movie himself.

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