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Konrad Wolf is a Director and Scriptwriter Allemand born on 20 october 1925 at Hechingen (German)

Konrad Wolf

Konrad Wolf
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Nationality German
Birth 20 october 1925 at Hechingen (German)
Death 7 march 1982 (at 56 years) at Berlin (German)
Awards National Prize of East Germany, Patriotic Order of Merit, Kunstpreis des FDGB

Konrad Wolf (20 October 1925 – 7 March 1982) was an East German film director. He was the son of writer, doctor and diplomat Friedrich Wolf, and the younger brother of Stasi spymaster Markus Wolf.

Biography

He and his family left Germany for Moscow when the Nazis took power in 1933, where Wolf came into intense contact with Soviet film. At age 10, he played a minor role in the film Kämpfer, filmed among the German Communist emigrants in Moscow. He and his brother attended the Karl Liebknecht School in Moscow. At age 17 he joined the Red Army and in 1945, he was among the first troops to reach Berlin. He remained in the Soviet Army until 1948. He later described these events in the 1968 film, Ich war neunzehn (I Was Nineteen).

Shortly after the war, Wolf returned to Moscow, where he studied at VGIK. His 1959 film Sterne (German: Stars) won the Special Jury Prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In 1961, his film Professor Mamlock was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize. His 1971 film Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Prize.

He worked afterwards as a film director at DEFA. He was the President of the Academy of Arts of the GDR from 1965 until his death in 1982.

In 1978, he was a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1980, his film Solo Sunny was entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.

He was married to the actress Christel Bodenstein from 1960 to 1978.

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Filmography of Konrad Wolf (13 films)

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Solo Sunny
Solo Sunny (1980)
, 1h42
Directed by Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Konrad Wolf
Origin German
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Renate Krößner, Alexander Lang, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Johanna Schall, Fred Düren, Lothar Warneke
Rating68% 3.439613.439613.439613.439613.43961
Ingrid "Sunny" Sommer is a singer for an East German band, called the Tornadoes, whose audience is usually senior citizens. For Sunny, performing as a solo pop singer is her dream but singing the same song over and over to a small crowd has not gotten her there yet. When the saxophone player of the band is injured, the musician and philosopher Ralph steps in to substitute for him. Sunny falls for Ralph’s saxophone skills, and soon they become lovers. Sunny asks Ralph to write her a song, and eventually he agrees. After walking off the stage before a performance, Sunny is soon replaced in the band by a new girl. Sunny turns to Ralph for comfort and finds him cheating on her. Finally Sunny has a chance to sing solo on stage with the song Ralph wrote for her, but she does not feel the love that she desires from the audience and gives up. After mixing sleeping pills and alcohol Sunny ends up in a hospital where she stays for rehabilitation. Once Sunny gets back on her feet she goes back to her old factory job, but she quits shortly after starting. The film ends with Sunny being accepted as a singer for another band with a sound different from the Tornadoes.
Sun Seekers, 1h54
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama
Actors Günther Simon, Erwin Geschonneck, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Manja Behrens, Viktor Avdyushko, Brigitte Krause
Rating63% 3.183093.183093.183093.183093.18309
1950. After being arrested in a police raid, the two young prostitutes Lotte and Emmi are sent to the mines in Wismut. There, Germans and Soviets work together to extract Uranium for the use of the USSR. Two men fall in love with Lotte: the director Beier, a former SS man who tries to compensate for his past with hard work, and the Soviet engineer Sergei, whose wife was murdered by the Germans in the war. In the meantime, Jupp König, a veteran communist whom Emmi once harbored from the Gestapo, leads the miners as they attempt to replace their harsh and incompetent party boss, Weihrauch. Eventually, König is given Weihrauch's office. Lotte marries Beier, although she later realizes that she loves Sergei. When her husband is badly injured in an accident, he confides to the Soviet engineer that soldiers from his battalion murdered the latter's wife; Sergei replies that he knew it all along. Lotte and her baby son leave the mines and return to Berlin.
Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment, 2h16
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Political films, Napoleonic Wars films, French Revolution films
Actors Donatas Banionis, Ernst Busch, Olivera Katarina, Fred Düren, Tatyana Lolova, Wolfgang Kieling
Rating70% 3.5240253.5240253.5240253.5240253.524025
Elevé au rang de peintre fétiche de la cour du roi Charles IV d'Espagne, Francisco de Goya jouit d'une excellente réputation. S'il a foi dans l'Eglise et la royauté, Goya est aussi un patriote d'origine modeste, attaché au peuple. Homme de contradictions, il nourrit une passion dévorante pour la duchesse Alba, tout en désapprouvant sa morgue aristocratique. Goya traduit ces états d'âme dans des oeuvres singulières, qui paraîtront plus tard d'une grande modernité. A mesure qu'avance son «apprentissage» politique, ses toiles perdent leurs couleurs chatoyantes pour aborder un univers plus sombre et plus radical, jusqu'à s'attirer les foudres du Grand Inquisiteur...
I Was Nineteen, 1h55
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Origin German
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Jaecki Schwarz, Vassili Livanov, Galina Polskikh, Mikhaïl Glouzski
Rating74% 3.736283.736283.736283.736283.73628
En avril 1945, l'Armée rouge fait reculer progressivement la Wehrmacht. Le jeune lieutenant Gregor Hecker, d'origine allemande, revient pour la première fois dans son pays d'origine après douze ans d'exil. Avec quelques hommes sous ses ordres, on lui confie l'administration d'une petite ville. Cherchant à pacifier la zone, il entre en contact avec les habitants. Mais se pose bien vite pour lui la question de son identité : est-il un Soviétique ou un Allemand ? Que signifie pour lui cette patrie en plein débâcle, à laquelle il se sent si étranger ?
Divided Heaven, 1h56
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Renate Blume, Hilmar Thate
Rating65% 3.289353.289353.289353.289353.28935
While recovering from a mental breakdown, the young Rita Seidel recalls the last two years, in which she fell in love with Manfred, a chemist who is ten years older. As Manfred became disillusioned with his opportunities in East Germany, he moved to the West. Rita followed him there and tried to persuade him to return but soon realized he would never do it. Rita comes to terms with the past and decides to concentrate on her work and the building of a socialist society. Although some of the characters are shown as overzealous in their support of the regime, for obvious reasons the nature of the East German dictatorship is never depicted or discussed. The Stasi, the all-pervasive secret police headed by the director's brother Markus Wolf, is not mentioned.The film is set in the period immediately before the erection of the Berlin Wall.
Professor Mamlock, 1h40
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Wolfgang Heinz, Hilmar Thate, Peter Sturm, Ulrich Thein, Manfred Krug, Kurt Jung-Alsen
Rating69% 3.4994053.4994053.4994053.4994053.499405
Professor Mamlock, a respected Jewish surgeon, is certain that the Weimar Republic would survive the political crisis of the early 1930s. He disapproves of his son, Rolf, a communist activist who openly opposes the Nazis. When Hitler rises to power, Mamlock loses his work and his dignity. Realizing the mistake he made by being politically apathetic, Mamlock commits suicide. The film ends with his dead face blending away from the screen, on which appears the inscription: "there is no greater crime than not wanting to fight when fight one must."
Stars
Stars (1959)
, 1h32
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Origin Bulgarie
Genres Drama, War
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Jürgen Frohriep, Hannjo Hasse, Yury Yakovlev, Itzhak Fintzi, Grigor Vachkov, Yuriy Yakovlev (Bulgarian actor)
Rating74% 3.7251853.7251853.7251853.7251853.725185
Dans un camp de concentration en Bulgarie, Walter, un sous-officier allemand, tente de faire évader Ruth, une jeune juive, dont il est tombé amoureux.
Lissy
Lissy (1957)
, 1h29
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama
Actors Sonja Sutter, Gerhard Bienert, Raimund Schelcher, Annemarie Hase, Gerd Michael Henneberg
Rating71% 3.5807853.5807853.5807853.5807853.580785
Lissy Schroeder, a working class girl in Berlin, marries Alfred, a clerk. In 1932, Alfred is fired by his Jewish boss. Despite having ties to the Communist party through Lissy's brother Paul, the previously apolitical Alfred joins the Nazi party. After Hitler gains power, Paul is shot by the Nazis, causing Lissy to question the country's and her husband's politics and where her loyalties truly lie.
Ernst Thälmann – Leader of the Working Class, 2h20
Directed by Kurt Maetzig, Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Actors Günther Simon, Raimund Schelcher, Michel Piccoli, Werner Peters, Theo Shall, Erika Dunkelmann
Rating63% 3.189243.189243.189243.189243.18924
L'action commence en 1930 et se termine par l'assassinat de Thälmann en 1944.
Ernst Thälmann – Son of the Working Class, 2h4
Directed by Kurt Maetzig, Konrad Wolf
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Günther Simon, Wolf Kaiser, Werner Peters, Raimund Schelcher, Erika Dunkelmann, Nikolai Kryuchkov
Rating64% 3.2164053.2164053.2164053.2164053.216405
After fellow soldier Johannes Harms reports that a revolution has broken out at home, Thälmann - who leads a revolutionary cell on the Western Front - and his friend Fiete Jansen rebel against their officers, Zinker and Quadde, and desert. Harms dies in a shelling. In Berlin, the American capitalist Mr. McFuller demands to crush the Spartacists. Zinker, now a member of the Freikorps, murders Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg. Thälmann hears of it and promises their sacrifice will not be in vain. Jansen falls in love with Harms' daughter, Änne.

Scriptwriter

Solo Sunny
Solo Sunny (1980)
, 1h42
Directed by Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Konrad Wolf
Origin German
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Renate Krößner, Alexander Lang, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Johanna Schall, Fred Düren, Lothar Warneke
Roles Writer
Rating68% 3.439613.439613.439613.439613.43961
Ingrid "Sunny" Sommer is a singer for an East German band, called the Tornadoes, whose audience is usually senior citizens. For Sunny, performing as a solo pop singer is her dream but singing the same song over and over to a small crowd has not gotten her there yet. When the saxophone player of the band is injured, the musician and philosopher Ralph steps in to substitute for him. Sunny falls for Ralph’s saxophone skills, and soon they become lovers. Sunny asks Ralph to write her a song, and eventually he agrees. After walking off the stage before a performance, Sunny is soon replaced in the band by a new girl. Sunny turns to Ralph for comfort and finds him cheating on her. Finally Sunny has a chance to sing solo on stage with the song Ralph wrote for her, but she does not feel the love that she desires from the audience and gives up. After mixing sleeping pills and alcohol Sunny ends up in a hospital where she stays for rehabilitation. Once Sunny gets back on her feet she goes back to her old factory job, but she quits shortly after starting. The film ends with Sunny being accepted as a singer for another band with a sound different from the Tornadoes.