Volker Schlondorff

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Volker Schlondorff is one of the major directors of the New German Cinema, the group of filmmakers who, in the late 1960s and early 70s, revitalized a moribund German film culture. He studied at the Institut des Hautes ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1939 in Germany

Filmography

Director (31)

Diplomacy 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Calm At Sea 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Strike 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Ulzhan 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ninth Day 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello 2002 (Movie)

("The Enlightenment") (Director)

Legends of Rita 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Palmetto 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ogre 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tin Drum 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Deutschland im Herbst 1993 (Movie)

(prologue/episodes 3,12,15,16) (Director)

Voyager 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Un Amour de Swann 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Circle of Deceit 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Krieg und Frieden 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Kandidat 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

An Act Of Mercy 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Fangschuss 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Strohfeuer 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Baal 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

A Degree of Murder 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Torless 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

A Gathering of Old Men (TV Show)

Director

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Director
Writer (17)

Diplomacy 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Calm At Sea 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ulzhan 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Legends of Rita 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ogre 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tin Drum 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyager 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Amour de Swann 1984 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Circle of Deceit 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strohfeuer 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baal 1968 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

A Degree of Murder 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young Torless 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

Jedermanns Fest 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Ice Princess 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Le Doulos 1988 (Movie)

(Assistant Producer)

Baal 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Night of the Film-Makers 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Der Kinoerzaehler 1993 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

Le Doulos 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)
Production Management (1)

Le Doulos 1988 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

Volker Schlondorff is one of the major directors of the New German Cinema, the group of filmmakers who, in the late 1960s and early 70s, revitalized a moribund German film culture. He studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris in the late 1950s and, between 1960 and 1964, worked as an assistant to directors including Louis Malle, Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville.

Relationships

Angelika Schlondorff

Wife

Georg Schlondorff

Father

Margarethe Trotta

Wife
married in 1969 divorced

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1963
met Louis Malle

Lycee Henri IV

Paris

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1963
met Louis Malle

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris

Milestones

2006

Helmed "Strike," a film about the beginning of the Solidarity movement in Poland

2004

Helmed the German film, "The Ninth Day"

2001

With Axel Geis, named joint chairman of the European Film Center

2000

Received praise for "The Legends of Rita", a film about a terrorist; screened at the Berlin Film Festival; released in the USA in 2001

1998

Directed the noirish "Palmetto"

1997

Returned to the USA in part because of a case in Oklhoma involving the censorship of the video version of "The Tin Drum"; because of one scene of simulated oral sex, film was found in violation of local child pornagraphy ordinances; those who rented the f

1996

Helmed "The Ogre" at Babelsberg Studios

1992

First feature in three years, "Voyager"

1990

Returned to live in Berlin

1989

American directorial debut. "The Handmaid's Tale", scripted by Harold Pinter

1987

Helmed second American TV-movie "A Gathering of Old Men" (CBS)

1985

Directed Dustin Hoffman in a TV production of "Death of a Salesman" (CBS); earned an Emmy nomination as Best Director

1984

Helmed "Swann in Love", adapted from Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu"

1979

Had biggest international success with "The Tin Drum"; first German film to receive the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film

1977

Directed a 60-minute interview with actress Valeska Gert, "Nur zum Spass--nur zum Spiel"

1976

Helmed an adaptation of Marguerite Yourcenar's novel "Coup de Grace"

1975

Co-directed and co-wrote (with von Trotta), "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum/The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum"

1972

With Margarethe von Trotta, co-wrote "A Free Woman"; also directed

1968

Co-wrote and directed "Michael Kohlhaas"

1966

Directed first feature, "Young Torless"; earned an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film

1965

Returned to Germany

1960

First film as assistant director, "Zazie dans le Metro"

1960

Made first short film, "Who Cares?"

1956

Moved with family to Paris

Worked as assistant to Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle

Served as managing director of Babelsberg Film Studios

Bonus Trivia

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"After every serious movie, I would try to fo a thriller, something that wasn't so hard and demanding and tiresome. I would try to make a flick like everyone else. I always thought I could be a professional director who goes from one genre to another, which is how you keep it interesting for yourself." --Volker Schlondorff to Chicago Sun-Times, March 1, 1998.

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On the matter of the censorship in Oklahoma, the director told The Boston Globe (February 22, 1998): "I thought this is not possible in America. But it's part of a whole political strategy. Certain people want to impose their values on others. Still, it is proof that this film is still vibrant."

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