Hanns Eisler

Composer
Former student of Arnold Schoenberg and collaborator with Bertolt Brecht who left Germany in 1933 and worked with European filmmakers including Joris Ivens and Jacques Feyder before moving to the US in 1936. A Marxist ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1898 in Germany

Filmography

Music (18)

Robinson In Space 1995 (Movie)

music excerpt (Music)

Chausseestrasse 126 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Third Front 1977 (Movie)

("Kantate von Krieg Frieden und Inflation") (Music)

Galileo 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

The Switchboard Operator 1966 (Movie)

(Song)

The Witches of Salem 1958 (Movie)

(German version) (Music)

Night and Fog 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Frauenschicksale 1951 (Movie)

(Music)

None But the Lonely Heart 1943 (Movie)

(Music)

Hangmen Also Die 1942 (Movie)

(Music)

No Man's Land 1930 (Movie)

(Music)

Deadline at Dawn (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Jealousy (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

So Well Remembered (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Spanish Main (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

Former student of Arnold Schoenberg and collaborator with Bertolt Brecht who left Germany in 1933 and worked with European filmmakers including Joris Ivens and Jacques Feyder before moving to the US in 1936. A Marxist and a modernist, Eisler worked with several noted directors including Fritz Lang and Jean Renoir before being deported in 1948 during the anti-Communist witch hunt. Settling in East Germany, he wrote the new state's national anthem, composed music for several films (including an outstanding score for Alain Resnais' "Night and Fog", 1955) and co-authored a scathing book on movie music, "Composing for the Films" (1947), with philosopher Theodor W. Adorno.

EDUCATION

Vienna Conservatory

studied under Arnold Schoenberg

Milestones

1988

Final film project, "My Name is Bertolt Brecht - Exile in U.S.A."

1946

Credited as musical director on Douglas Sirk's "Thieves' Holiday"

1938

First US production, the documentary, "The 400 Million"

1936

First song credit, Jean Renoir's "La Vie est a nous"

1929

Feature debut music credit, also first collaboration with director Joris Ivens, "Regen"

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