Percy Adlon

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Thoughtful, stylish postwar German filmmaker who began his career as an actor in repertory theater but soon graduated to editing and narrating literary programs for German radio. Adlon began working in TV in 1970, and ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1935 in Germany

Filmography

Director (14)

Der Vormund und sein Dichter 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Herr Kischott 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Herschel und die Musik der Sterne 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Mahler on the Couch 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Hawaiian Gardens 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Salmonberries 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Younger and Younger 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Rosalie Goes Shopping 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Bagdad Cafe 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Sugarbaby 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Swing 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Celeste 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Five Days 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

Mahler on the Couch 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hawaiian Gardens 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Salmonberries 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Younger and Younger 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bagdad Cafe 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Story By

Rosalie Goes Shopping 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bagdad Cafe 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sugarbaby 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sugarbaby 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Swing 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Celeste 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Babycakes (TV Show)

Story By
Producer (4)

Eat Your Heart Out 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rosalie Goes Shopping 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bagdad Cafe 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sugarbaby 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Jack Palance: From Grit to Grace 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Thoughtful, stylish postwar German filmmaker who began his career as an actor in repertory theater but soon graduated to editing and narrating literary programs for German radio. Adlon began working in TV in 1970, and made several shorts and documentaries before being commissioned, in 1978, to make a full-length television film, "The Guardian and His Poet", about Swiss poet Robert Walser and his publisher/mentor. Well-received at several major film festivals, "Guardian" paved the way for Adlon to make his first feature, "Celeste" (1981), a painstaking recreation of the last days of Marcel Proust as witnessed by his maid.

Adlon's first major international acclaim came with "Sugarbaby" (1985), an off-beat love story featuring a subway conductor and a portly, female mortician. It was praised for its joyful portrayal of sexual desire on the part of an unglamorous, overweight woman (played by Marianne Sagebrecht, who was also at the center of Adlon's later success, "Bagdad Cafe" 1987). "Bagdad Cafe", an off-beat tale of a German woman, stranded in a desolate California outpost, whose optimism and positive energy touches the lives of all around her, became a cult hit and one of the top-grossing foreign films of all time.

Sagebrecht also starred in "Rosalie Goes Shopping" (1989) as a German war bride attempting to maintain her family's high standards of living with credit cards. In this satire, Adlon poked fun at American consumerism, although some critics found the film lacking his usual gentle understatement. He subsequently directed singer k d lang in her feature debut, "Salmonberries" (1991), which focused on the growing friendship of a half-Eskimo woman and a female refugee from East Germany. Adlon's 1993 comedy "Younger and Younger" centered on an unfaithful husband (Donald Sutherland) who begins to have visions of his dead wife (Lolita Davidovich) in which she successively becomes younger and more beautiful.

Adlon's wife Eleonore has produced all but one of his films and wrote the script for "Bagdad Cafe"; their son Felix is also a filmmaker.

Relationships

Eleonore Adlon

Wife
has collaborated on several films with husband

Pamela Adlon Voice

Child-In-Law

Saskia Adlon

Daughter
born in 1961

Felix Adlon

Son
born in 1967

Louis Adlon

Uncle
in Hollywood from the 1920s to the 40s was Pola Negri's lover married a sister of Marion Davies subject of an unproduced script by Adlon, "Louis with a Star"

EDUCATION

Munich University

received diploma in acting

Munich University

received diploma in acting

took acting and singing lessons

Milestones

1990

Directed "So in Love" segment of AIDS-benefit TV special, "Red, Hot and Blue", starring k.d. Lang

1985

First feature as producer (also writer; director), "Sugarbaby"

1981

Theatrical feature writing and directing debut, "Celeste"

1978

TV feature-length fiction film debut, "The Guardian and His Poet" about Swiss poet Robert Walser (first shown on German TV in 1979)

1978

With wife Eleanore, formed production company Pelemele Film GmbH

Made first long TV documentary profile, a one hour portrait of cartoonist Tomi Ungerer

Grew up on Lake Starnberg in Bavaria

After graduating from college, worked as an actor for three years in state-run theater doing classical repertory and operettas, then as narrator and editor for literary programs on radio

In the 1970s created film features for "Abendschau", a topical magazine program on TV, then made short TV documentaries (often portraits of literary and musical figures, shot cinema-verite style)

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Federal Film Award for Germany's most significant filmmaking cash grant, for "Sugarbaby" which Adlon partially used to finance "Bagdad Cafe".

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