1902 - 1988
The songwriter Bruno Balz is recommended as one of the most successful German lyricist at all. In his long lasting career he not only wrote countless songs for well-known singers of that time but also lyrics for many popular movies. Many of these songs became a hit thank to the lyrics of Bruno Balz and were song by the German population even many years after the first release. He celebrated his greatest successes in colaboration with the composer Michael Jary.
Many of his important lyrics he wrote for the singer and actress Zarah Leander - for example "Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt" for the movie "La Habanera" (37) and "Kann den Liebe Sünde sein?" for the movie "Der Blaufuchs" (38).
But he did not start his film career as a lyricist but as a film composter for "Dich hab ich geliebt" (29), but he soon concentrated on writing lyrics.
to his early cinematicl successes belong among others "Viktor und Viktoria" (33), "Prinzessin Turandot" (34), "Barcarole" (35), "Amphitryon" (35), "Weiberregiment" (36), "Die Austernlilli" (37), "Fünf Millionen suchen einen Erben" (38) and "Männer müssen so sein" (39).
Bruno Balz was able to continue his career during wartime and was engaged for the movies "Die keusche Geliebte" (40), "Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska!" (41), "Jenny und der Herr im Frack" (41), "Meine Frau Teresa" (42) and "Damals" (43).
Because of his homosexuality he soon fell out of favour with the National
Socialists. Already in 1936 he was arrested for the first time and he was
only released on condition that his name will no longer appear in the public.
Furthermore they arranged an unconsummated marriage. But in 1941 he was
arrested againg and after a torture of several days' duration there was
also the danger of a deportation into a concentration camp. Thank to the
interventation of Zarah Leander and Michael Jary this never happened. They
assured Joseph Goebbels that they would no longer be able to write and
interprete the demanded optimistic songs without Bruno Balz.
He continued his career successfully after the war and he wrote the lyrics for productions like "Zwischen gestern und morgen" (47), "Die Dritte von rechts" (50), "Pension Schöller" (52), "Rosen-Resli" (54), "Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins" (54), "Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne" (55), "Vater sein dagegen sehr" (57), "Die Beine von Dolores" (57) and "Der Haustyrann" (59).
His last cinematical works came in the 60s into being with "Das kunstseidene Mädchen" (60), "Mein Mann, das Wirtschaftswunder" (61) and "Zum Teufel mit der Penne" (68), for which he contributed the lyrics for Heintje's worldwide success "Mama" , the lyrics originated from 1941.
Other well-known lyrics written by Bruno Balz are "Ich brech' die Herzen der stolzesten Frau'n" (38), "Das kann doch einen Seemann nicht erschüttern" (39), "Das machen nur die Beine von Dolores" (57) and "Wir wollen niemals auseindergeh'n" (60).
Bruno Balz wrote in his testament that in the first ten years after
his death there should nothing been written about him. His partner, the
actor Jürgen Draeger, followed Balz's wish and only started to write
Balz's biography in 1998. With this biography he brought Balz back to the
public's awareness again.
Other movies from Bruno Balz: