1880 - 1958
The production designer Botho Höfer was a skilled stage painter and he carried this occupation for many years at the theater, often together with Willi Ohranski.
Before he entered the film business as a production designer in 1920 Botho Höfer was a well-known and successful painter. He went to Sibiria for five years where he became the painter of the imperiatorial Japanese army. He painted several battle scenes and one of them was even hung on the wall of the imperal palace in Tokyo.
During World War I he was active as an illustrator and his drawings were published in the "Berliner Illustrierten Zeitung" and in the "Leipziger Illustrierten".
Finally he joined the film business where he was responsible as an art director for movies like "Louise de Lavallière" (20), "Lucrezia Borgia" (22), "Der Evangelimann" (24), "Kampf um die Scholle" (25), "Lebende Buddhas" (25), "Der Mann im Feuer" (26), "Unsere Emden" (26), "Der Bettelstudent" (27), "Benno Stehkragen" (27), "Robert und Bertram" (28), "Der moderne Casanova" (28) and "Der schwarze Domino".
From 1930 when the sound film replaced the silent movies the engagements of Botho Höfer diminished as well. In the next years he worked for obvious less movies then in the busy period of the 20s.
To his popular movies of those years belong "Der Bettelstudent" (31), "Drei Kaiserjäger" (33), "Die Nacht in Venedig" (42), "Der Fall Rainer" (42), "Fünf unter Verdacht" (50), "Fanfaren der Liebe" (51) and "Die grosse Versuchung" (52).
In the course of his career he worked together with several colleagues and he created a team with them. In the course of time he worked together with Bernhard Schwidewski, Hans Minzloff and Franz Bi.
movies from Botho Höfer: