Rosa von Praunheim

Director, Producer, Director of photography
One of the more eccentric figures to emerge from the New German Cinema movement, Rosa von Praunheim (ne Holger Mischwitski) studied painting in Berlin before apprenticing with openly gay filmmakers Gregory J ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1942 in Riga, LV

Filmography

Director (27)

Our Corpses Are Still Alive 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

King of Comics 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Rent Boys 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

New York Memories 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Mothers 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Fassbinder's Women 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Can I be Your Bratwurst, Please? 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Einstein des Sex 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Neurosia: 50 Years of Perversity 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Transexual Menace 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

I Am My Own Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Affengeil 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Silence = Death 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Surviving in New York 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

A Virus Knows No Morals 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Anita: Dances of Vice 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Dolly, Lotte und Maria 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Horror Vacui 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

City of Lost Souls 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Love 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Berliner Bettwurst 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

I'm an Anti-Star... 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (19)

King of Comics 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rent Boys 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

New York Memories 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Mothers 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Der Einstein des Sex 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Neurosia: 50 Years of Perversity 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am My Own Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Affengeil 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silence = Death 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Virus Knows No Morals 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anita: Dances of Vice 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dolly, Lotte und Maria 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

City of Lost Souls 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Berliner Bettwurst 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

I'm an Anti-Star... 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Leidenschaften 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (17)

King of Comics 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rent Boys 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New York Memories 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Mothers 2006 (Movie)

(Writer)

Fassbinder's Women 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Am My Own Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Affengeil 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silence = Death 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Virus Knows No Morals 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anita: Dances of Vice 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Horror Vacui 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City of Lost Souls 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Berliner Bettwurst 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'm an Anti-Star... 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leidenschaften 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (12)

King of Comics 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Silence = Death 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Surviving in New York 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Virus Knows No Morals 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Anita: Dances of Vice 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Dolly, Lotte und Maria 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)

Horror Vacui 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

City of Lost Souls 1981 (Movie)

(Editor)

I'm an Anti-Star... 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)

Leidenschaften 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (11)

Two Mothers 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Was a Jewish Sex Worker 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Neurosia: 50 Years of Perversity 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Siberia 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Night of the Film-Makers 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Affengeil 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Virus Knows No Morals 1987 (Movie)

Rudiger--Club Owner (Actor)

Der Biss 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Berliner Bettwurst 1976 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Leidenschaften 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

One of the more eccentric figures to emerge from the New German Cinema movement, Rosa von Praunheim (ne Holger Mischwitski) studied painting in Berlin before apprenticing with openly gay filmmakers Gregory J. Markopoulos and Werner Schroeter. He made several short films in the late 1960s--the first was "Von Rosa von Praunheim" in 1967--and moved into TV work with 1970s' "Die Bettwurst/The Bedroll". Von Praunheim first garnered notice with the documentary "Sisters of the Revolution" (1969), which examined the women's liberation movement and included a segment on homosexuals who supported feminist causes. The satirical "It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverted, But the Situation in Which He Lives" (1970) follows the "coming out" process of one young man and engendered some controversy for its depictions of stereotypical gay men caught up in what was perceived as a self-destructive lifestyle.

EDUCATION

Humanistisches Gymnasium

left before completion

Werkkunstschule

art school

Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste

Berlin
art college

Milestones

1998

Directed the documentary "Gay Courage: 100 Years of the Gay Movement"

1996

Appeared as himself in "I Was a Jewish Sex Worker", a documentary directed by Phillip B Roth

1995

Directed, produced and played himself in the autobiographical comedy "Neurosia: 50 Years of Perversity"

1992

Wrote, produced and directed the biographical docudrama "Ich Bin Meine Eigene Frau/I Am My Own Woman", based on the life of German transvestite Charlotte von Mahsldorf

1990

Examined the effects of the AIDS crisis in NYC in "Schweigen = Tod/Silence = Death" and "Positive"; both made in collaboration with Phil Zwickler

1984

Helmed the thriller "Horror Vacui"

1982

Investigated the underground cabaret scene of Berlin in "Stadt der Verlorenen Seelen/City of Lost Souls"

1977

Wrote, directed and produced "Berlin Bettwurst", a sequel to "Die Bettwurst"

1975

Produced, directed, shot and appeared in the documentary "Underground and Emigrants"

1969

Made the feature-length TV movie "Die Bettwurst/The Bedroll"

1969

Directed the satire on gay life, "It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Situation in Which He Lives"

1968

Helmed the documentary "Sisters of the Revolution" which examined the women's rights movement

1967

Directed first 16mm (12 minute) short, "Von Rosa von Praunheim"

Studied painting in Berlin

Worked as apprentice to filmmakers Gregory J Markopoulos and Werner Schroeter

Raised in East Berlin and Frankfurt

Bonus Trivia

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"I thought gay people could overthrow the government and have greater sexual freedom. Now, I think even bourgeois gay people have the right to live a bourgeois gay life. If they want to marry, they can, and if they want to go to the military, they can. I think they should be recognized as openly gay and lesbian. . . . I can't force them to be revolutionaries." --Rosa von Praunheim

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