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Guzzi Lantschner

1910 - 2011

The actor, cinematographer and skier Guzzi Lantschner began his career as a ski racer at the end of the 20s. He already won his first international race in the discipline slalom in Davos.
In the next years followed even bigger successes in the alpine skiing. He set a new speed record on skis with more than 105 kph and in the same year he became an academic world champion in the discipline downhill.
At the ski world championship in 1932 he won the downhill race and became third in the combination. In the next year he won the silver medal in the discipline slalom at the world championship.
He also won the silver medal in slalom at the Olympic Games of 1936.

Because of his talent in skiing he was also engaged as an actor for some movies at a time when the Bergfilm became very popular.
His first appearance in front of the camera was for "Stürme über dem Mont Blanc" (30), it followed other movies like "Der weisse Rausch" (31) with Leni Riefenstahl, "Abenteuer im Engadin" (32), "Nordpol - Ahoi!/Hoppla - wir beide!" (34) and "Rivalen der Luft" (34).

Thank to his acquaintanceship with Leni Riefenstahl he was engaged by her for several film projects, for "Triumph des Willens" (34) for the first time.
Afterwards Guzzi Lantschner became a cinematographer and he averted impressive pictures to the big screen for "Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht" (35) and especially for the legendary documentary "Olympia" (38) directed by Leni Riefenstahl. For both movies he was also active as a cutter.
It followed few more works as a cinematographer for "Osterskitour in Tirol" (39), "Feldzug in Polen" (40), "Kampf um Norwegen" (40) and after World War II "Südtirol - Land der Sehnsucht" (61).

Besides his activity as an actor and cinematographer he also realised few movies as a director for which he also wrote the screenplay. To these works belong "Wilde Wasser" (37) and "Osterskitour in Tirol" (39) - he both realised them together with the director Harald Reinl - as well as "Cancion de la nieve" (54), which he realised during a several year lasting stay in Argentina and in which he also appeared as an actor and finally "Der weisse Rausch - Einst und jetzt" (66)