A leading German actress of the 1970s and 80s, Eva Mattes achieved prominence as part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stock company, beginning with a brilliant turn embodying youthful corruption as a mu...
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|Germany, Pale Mother||1978||Actor||Helene||19787|
|Ein Mann Wie EVA||1991||Actor||Eva||19917|
|Auf Immer und Ewig||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Une journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch||2001||Narrator||(German version)||1|
|My Best Fiend||1999||Actor||n/a||19997|
|Sams im Glück||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Frauen in New York||1976||Actor||Edith--Mrs Phelps Potter||19767|
|Was Ich Bin, Sind Meine Filme||1977||Actor||Herself||19777|
|In a Year of 13 Moons||1989||Actor||Marie-Ann||19897|
|The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant||1989||Actor||Gabriele Von Kant||19897|
|Der Kinoerzaehler||2013||Actor||Frau Fritsche||20137|
|Brother of Sleep||1996||Actor||Nulfin||19967|
|Moloch||2013||Voice||of Eva Braun||20136|
|Enemy At the Gates||2001||Actor||Mtoher Filipov||20017|
|Mahler on the Couch||2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Die Wilden Fuenfziger||1982||Actor||n/a||19827|
|Fontane Effi Briest||1989||Actor||Hulda||19897|
|Began acting in the theatre at age 12|
|Starred as Proust's housekeeper in "Celeste" for director Percy Adlon|
|Co-starred in "The Promise"|
|First worked for director Werner Herzog, starring in "Stroszek"|
|Began collaborations with Rainer Werner Fassbinder with "Wildwechsel/Jail Bait" and "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant"|
|Played Fassbinder in "A Man Like Eva"|
|Made first feature film, "O.K."|
|Acted in "Enemy at the Gates"|
It was only natural that other major directors would call on her services. Werner Herzog cast her as a prostitute who moves to the USA with two other misfits trying to find a better life with little success in " "Stroszek" (1977) and as the doomed lover of Klaus Kinski's "Woyzeck" (1979), for which she won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Mattes had one of her best screen roles as "Celeste" (1981), the housekeeper of writer Marcel Proust, directed by Percy Adlon. Another triumph was Radu Gabrea's "Ein Mann Wie EVA/A Man Like EVA" (1984), in which she donned male drag and portrayed a character that was clearly supposed to be Fassbinder.
By the late 80s and into the 90s, Mattes found herself cast in supporting roles. "Felix" (1987) offered her a chance to work with Ulrich Tukur in an affecting segment and in "Herbstmilch/Autumn Milk" (1989), she stood out as a portrait photographer. "Das Sommeralbum/The Summer Album" (1992) found Matted playing onscreen mother to her real-life daughter Hannah. She had featured roles in two German films set in the early 20th Century: "Die Serpentinentanzerin/The Serpent Dancer" (1992) dealt with the end of vaudeville and the nascent silent film industry while "Der Kinoerzaehler/The Movie Teller" (1993) traced the affect of talking films on the careers of silent moviemakers. More recently, Mattes was featured in "The Promise" (1995), about an escape from East Berlin circa 1961, and "Brother of Sleep" (1995), a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, that focused on the musically gifted Elias Johannes Alder.
|Werner Herzog||Companion||Couple's daughter Hanna born 1980|
|Hanna Mattes||Daughter||appeared in "The Summer Album"|
|"Of my own films I like most 'Celeste', 'Germany Pale Mother', and 'Stroszek'. Herzog said of my role [in the latter], 'Play her like Ava Gardner!'". --Eva Mattes|
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