Xaver Schwarzenberger

Director of photography, Director, Screenwriter
Although Schwarzenberger began as a cinematographer in Germany in the 1970s and continued into the 90s ably handling both direction and photography, he first achieved prominence and is perhaps still best known for his ... Read more »
Born: 04/21/1946 in Austria

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (24)

Tonino and Toinette 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Schtonk 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lola 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Veronika Voss 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Odipussi 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gewitter im Mai 1987 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Otto - Der Neue Film 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Der Fall Franza 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Momo 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Das Mal des Todes 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Die Nacht 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Otto - Der Film 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Donauwalzer 1983 (Movie)

(Camera)

Wenn Ich Mich Furchte 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Marginal 1982 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Der Schuler Gerber 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Der Stille Ozean 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kamikaze '89 1981 (Movie)

(Camera)

L' As des As 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fehlschuss 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Totstellen 1974 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Director (7)

Tonino and Toinette 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Gewitter im Mai 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Otto - Der Neue Film 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Fall Franza 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Otto - Der Film 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Donauwalzer 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Stille Ozean 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Schramm 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (1)

Donauwalzer 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Although Schwarzenberger began as a cinematographer in Germany in the 1970s and continued into the 90s ably handling both direction and photography, he first achieved prominence and is perhaps still best known for his work for Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Such lensing talents as Dietrich Lohmann (who dominated Fassbinder's 1969-74 period) and Michael Ballhaus (who handled most of the films from 1974 to 1978) are mentioned more frequently in discussions of the prolific output of New German Cinema's most important talent. Yet Schwarzenberger, though he made only five films with Fassbinder (compared with the dozen-plus each of Lohmann and Ballhaus), proved to be an important collaborator as well. He was one of the few who could work almost as fast as Fassbinder, and his superb sense of lighting, composition and color contributed substantially to the rich output of Fassbinder's final years before his death in 1982.

Relationships

Jorg Schwarzenberger

Cousin

Milestones

1985

Directed and photographed the popular comedy, "Otto--Der Film/Otto--The Film" (1985) and its sequel (co-directed with Otto Waalkes, "Otto--Der Neue Film/Otto--The New Movie" (1987)

1984

First screenplay credit, "Donauwalzer/Waltzes of the Danube", a docudrama which he also directed and photographed

1982

Last of five collaborations with Fassbinder, "Querelle"

1982

Directed first feature, "Der Stille Ozean/The Silent Ocean", which he also photographed

1980

First collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, "Berlin Alexanderplatz"

Early work includes photography credits for TV, including the made-for-TV Austrian-West German co-production, "Totstellen/The Condemned"

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