Bernhard Wicki

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Key figure of post-war German cinema whose preoccupation with recent German history anticipated the work of the New German Cinema.

As an actor, Wicki's memorable early screen roles include the Yugoslav partisan in ... Read more »

Born: 10/27/1919 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (21)

Martha and I 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Erfolg 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Bichler (Actor)

Fruhlingssinfonie 1986 (Movie)

Baron Von Fricken (Actor)

Dangerous Moves 1984 (Movie)

Puhl (Actor)

Domino 1984 (Movie)

Lehrter (Actor)

Eine Liebe in Deutschland 1984 (Movie)

Dr Borg (Actor)

Killing Cars 1984 (Movie)

Von Der Muhle (Actor)

Marie Ward 1984 (Movie)

George Abbot (Actor)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

Doctor Ulmer (Actor)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

Katherine's Father (Actor)

Despair 1977 (Movie)

Orlovius (Actor)

Die Glaeserne Zelle 1977 (Movie)

Police Commissioner (Actor)

Crime and Passion 1976 (Movie)

Rolf (Actor)

Die Linkshandige Frau 1976 (Movie)

Publisher (Actor)

La Notte 1960 (Movie)

Tommaso Garani (Actor)

The Cat 1958 (Movie)

Bernard (Actor)

Die Zurcher Verlobung 1956 (Movie)

Paul Frank (Actor)

The Last Bridge 1956 (Movie)

Boro (Actor)

Kinder, Mutter und ein General 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carlos (TV Show)

Actor

The Mysterious Stranger (TV Show)

Actor
Director (9)

Das Spinnennetz 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Grunstein-Variante 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Eroberung der Zitadelle 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Das Falsche Gewicht 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Morituri 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Visit 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

(German episodes) (Director)

The Miracle of Malachias 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bridge 1959 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

Das Spinnennetz 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Eroberung der Zitadelle 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Das Falsche Gewicht 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Miracle of Malachias 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

The Miracle of Malachias 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Key figure of post-war German cinema whose preoccupation with recent German history anticipated the work of the New German Cinema.

As an actor, Wicki's memorable early screen roles include the Yugoslav partisan in Helmut Kautner's anti-war film "The Last Bridge" (1954), one of the officers conspiring against Hitler in G.W. Pabst's "It Happened in Broad Daylight" (1955) and the dying friend in Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte" (1961). After a 15-year hiatus, Wicki returned to screen acting in 1976, appearing mostly in character parts (he played the Germanic Dr. Ulmer--in the middle of Texas--in Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas" 1984).

As a director, Wicki first gained international attention with the adroitly handled anti-war film, "The Bridge" (1959) and was named best director at Berlin for "The Miracle of Malachias" (1961). He also directed the German section of the Hollywood WWII epic "The Longest Day" (1962) and the Marlon Brando spy thriller "Morituri" (1965).

Wicki's more recent work includes two films adapted from Joseph Roth: "The False Weight" (1971), about the fall of the Hapsburg Dynasty, and "The Spider's Web" (1989), on the rise of Nazism.

Relationships

Elisabeth Endriss Actor

Wife
Married May 1995 until his death January 2000

Agnes Fink Actor

Wife
Married from 1945 until her death Oct. 28, 1994

EDUCATION

attended school in Kothen, Germany

studied acting (with Gustav Gruendgens) and photography in Berlin and Vienna

Milestones

1990

Acted in Antonioni's "La Notte"

1990

Narrated "Martha and I"

1989

Helmed the epic "Das Spinnennetz/The Spider's Web"; debuted at the Cannes Film Festival

1965

Hollywood directing debut, "Morituri/The Saboteur, Code Name Morituri"

1960

Published book of photographs

1959

Fiction feature directing debut, "The Bridge"

1958

Film directing debut, the feature-length documentary "Why Are They Among Us?"

1950

Screen acting debut in "The Falling Star"

1944

Began stage directing career, working in Switzerland, Monaco and Germany

1938

Stage acting debut

1938

Was arrested and incarcerated for ten months at the Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen because of his communist views and his membership in the radical Bauhaus school of architecture

Worked as assistant to film director Helmut Kautner; acted in his "The Last Bridge" (1953)

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