Carl Mayer

Screenwriter, Sketch artist, Actor
Highly influential figure of German film whose list of credits--ranging from the seminal, expressionistic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919) to the sophisticated early talkie, "Ariane" (1931)--reads like a history of ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1894 in Austria

Filmography

Writer (4)

Four Devils 1927 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunrise 1926 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Der Letzte Mann 1923 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari 1921 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Highly influential figure of German film whose list of credits--ranging from the seminal, expressionistic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919) to the sophisticated early talkie, "Ariane" (1931)--reads like a history of Weimar cinema. Mayer's work stands out from that of his contemporaries thanks to his concern with social issues; working in a film culture which was more concerned with form than content, he managed to inject a grainy realism into the Expressionist visual style, notably in films such as "Sylvester" (1923) and F.W. Murnau's "The Last Laugh" (1924).

Relationships

Father
committed suicide

Milestones

1942

Served as script advisor to Filipo Del Giudice at Two Cities Films

1932

Co-wrote Paul Czinner's French ("Melo") and German ("Der Traumende Mund") versions of "Melo"; also co-writer of Czinner's British remake, "Dreaming Lips" (1937)

1932

Fled from Nazi's to England; worked as consultant on some Paul Rotha films (being credited on only a couple of them)

1931

Immigrated to England

1927

Declined offer to go to Hollywood with F.W. Murnau, writing scripts for Murnau's US films in Germany

1919

First film as writer, "Die Frau im Kafig"; second film as writer (co), the expressionist classic "Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari/The Cabinet of Dr. Claigari"

1918

Literary consultant to theater company at Blumenstrasse, Berlin

1914

Editor of "Insbrucker Theater-Almanach"

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