Biography of Volker Schlöndorff (1939-VVVV)

German Director born on March 31, 1939 in Wiesbaden.

After receiving classes in economics and political science at the University of Sorbonne, prolonged their studies in Paris as student at the prestigious Institut des Hautes Études cinématographiques (IDHEC). Person cultivated, with varied interests in the intellectual field, he wanted to focus its work in the medium of film and was formed in this field as Assistant Director of Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle.

His interest in literature it shows more than ample its cinematography, since his most notable films are adaptations of literary works of prestige. Thus, the young Torless (1965) is inspired by the homonymous work of Robert Musil. The rebel (1969) adapted a short of Heinrich von Kleisttext; For the Tin drum (1979), winner of an Oscar, comes from the Günter Grassnovel; The lost honor of Katharina Blum (1975) plays an argument of Heinrich Böll; Coup de grace (1976) brings to the film the work of Marguerite Yourcenar; and circle of deceit (1981) is based on the work of Nicolas Born. On the other hand, in several of the titles Schlöndorff collaborated with actress and filmmaker Margarethe Von Trotta, who got married.

Since the mid-1960s it was consolidated as one of the most important creative values of the European continent; He was rewarded at Cannes not only for the young Törless, but also for the Tin drum. You searched for a certain independence in the production company he founded with Peter Fleischmann in Monaco, the Halleluja-Film, and later with Biokop Film company he founded with Reinhard Hauff.

Despite the numerous cultural references Theater and nursing accrediting behind the camera, the German director has developed an irregular career. Occasionally, the ups and downs are due to the fact deal with draft nearly impossible resolutions, as it reveals his interest in bringing the work of Marcel Proust to the cinema in a love of Swann (1983).

In January 2006 he presented the ninth day, a portrait of the relationship between the Church and Nazism based on the diary of a priest.


As a director

Short films:

1965: Wen Kummert completo. 1967: Unheimlicher Moment (episode of Der Paukenspieler). 1977: Nur zum Spaß-nur zum Spiel, Kaleidoskop Valeska Gert.

Feature films:

1965: The young Törless (and screenwriter). 1966: Mord und Totschlag (and co-writer). 1969: the rebel (and co-writer). 1972: Die moral der Ruth Halbfass (and co-writer). 1975: the lost honor of Katharina Blum (and co-writer). 1976: coup de grace. 1977: Germany in autumn (Co-Director). 1979: drum Tin (and co-writer). 1980: the candidate. 1981: Circle of deception (and co-writer); War and peace. 1983: A love of Swann. 1989: The tale of the maiden. 1991: The traveller. 1992: The Michael Nyman songbook. 1996: Der unhold. 1998: Palmetto. 1999: Stille nach dem schuss. 2002: Ten minutes older: the cello. 2004: The ninth day.

As an Assistant of direction:

1959: Zazie in the metro. 1961: Last year in Mariembad; Private life; Léon Morin, petre. 1962: The confidante. 1963: Will-o'-the-WISP. 1965: viva Maria.

As an actor

1971: Mathias Kneissl. 1981: Rece do Góry. 1986: Private Conversations. 2000: Schrott. Die Atzenposse.

Works for television:

(as director and scriptwriter or co-writer) 1970: the sudden wealth of the poor of Kombach.1971: paja.1973 fire: Übernachtung in Tirol. 1974: Georginas Grunde. 1985: Death of a salesman. 1987: Old memories of Louisiana. 1992: Billy Wilder, wie haben sie completo gemacht? (and actor).