Hans-Jurgen Syberberg

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Flamboyant, ingenious "chronicler of the German soul" who has made some of the most formally arresting films of the New German Cinema. Syberberg made numerous shorts and TV documentaries before directing his first ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1935 in Germany

Filmography

other (18)

The Night of the Film-Makers 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Karl May 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Karl May 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Karl May 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Nacht 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Nacht 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Parsifal 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Hitler, Ein film aus Deutschland 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hitler, Ein film aus Deutschland 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Flamboyant, ingenious "chronicler of the German soul" who has made some of the most formally arresting films of the New German Cinema. Syberberg made numerous shorts and TV documentaries before directing his first narrative features, "Scarabea" (1968) and "San Domingo" (1970). Both films foreshadow, to a limited extent, the formal experimentation of his later, better known works, "Ludwig--Requiem for a Virgin King" (1972) and the seven-hour "Hitler--A Film from Germany" (1977). Low-budget, studio-bound features employing Brechtian theatrics, backdrops and rear-screen projection, these films juggle myth, history and psychology to evoke, respectively, the mad King of Bavaria and the mad Fuhrer from Austria. In 1982 Syberberg directed a much-praised, though highly idiosyncratic adaptation of Richard Wagner's "Parsifal".

Constantly critical of his native film industry, Syberberg is regarded as a renegade in German film circles and has gained most of his critical (and financial) support from abroad, particularly from France.

EDUCATION

Munich University

1962

Munich University

1962

Milestones

1968

Directed first feature film, "Scarabea"

1965

Formed production company

1963

Made nearly 200 documentary shorts for Bavarian TV

1953

Moved to West Germany

1953

Ran away to West Germany at age 17

Filmed five feature-length "character portraits"; subjects included actor-director Fritz Kortner (1965) and actress Romy Schneider

Met Bertolt Brecht at age 16 and secured permission to film rehearsals of Berliner Ensemble (resulting 8mm sound film later blown up to 35mm and relased in 1970 as "After My Last Move")

Lived in East Germany until early 1950s

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