1882 - 1945
The director Rudolf Meinert first worked as a technician for different companies before he dedicated to the acting in 1904. He made his stage debut in Vieanna and in the next years followed engagements at different theaters in Austria. In 1907 he got an engagement at the Deutsches Theater in New York before he returned to Euorpe where he continued his stage career in Austria and Germany.
He made first experiences as a stage director from 1909 which inured to the benefit of him few years later in the film business.
He made his film debut as an actor in 1912 with "Die lebende Brücke" (12) but soon Rudolf Meinert became also established as a director and producer of his own company "Prometheus-Film".
Soon Rudolf Meinert became successful with the popular adventure movies of that thime and to his first movies as a director belong "Lasst die Toten ruhen" (13), "Ein Sensationsprozess" (13), "Die Standuhr" (14) and "Der Hund von Baskerville" (14).
During World War I he served in Galicia and was seriously injured in 1915.
When he left the military he continued his film career with the new founded company "Meinert-Film"and he realised again numerous adventure movies, often with Hans Mierendorff playing the role of the detective Higgs.
To his directoe movies of those years belong "Der Tunnel" (15), "Die gelbe Ulster" (16), "Mein ist die Rache" (16), "Das Gesicht am Fenster" (17), "Sein fünfter Fall" (17), "Nur um 1000 Dollar" (18), "Ferdinand Lassalle" (18), "Der Gast aus der vierten Dimension" (18), "Das Spielzeug der Zarin" (19) and "Nachtasyl" (19).
After the fusion of his company with "Decla-Film" (later this company was renamed to Bioscop AG) of the legendary producer Erich Pommer, Rudolf Meinert was also engaged as a producer for some important German silent movies, above all "Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" (20).
Other movies as a producer were "Genuine" (20), "Marie Antoinette - Das Leben einer Königin" (22), "Rosenmontag" (24), "Die elf schillschen Offizhiere" (26) and "Flucht aus der Hölle" (28) - from 1922 again with his own production company.
But Rudolf Meinert remained active as a director as well and he realised the movies "Das Haupt des Juarez" (20), "Marie Antoinette - Das Leben einer Königin" (22), "Die elf schillschen Offiziere" (26), "Die Vorbestraften" (27) and "Das grüne Monokel" (29).
His last cinematical works in Germany came at the beginning of the 30s into being with "Masken" (30), Das Lied der Nationen" (31) and "Die elf schillschen Offiziere" (32).
After 1933 his career came to an end in Germany. As an artist with Jewish roots his fate was sealed in the National Socialism.
In the next years he stayed in different countries where he was able to realise some more movies as a director like "Het meisje met den blauwen hoed" (34), "De vier mullers" (35) and "Alles für die Firma" (35).
He emigrated to France in 1937 but he was not in a safe place for a long time. According to Kay Weniger's "Es wird Dir im Leben mehr genommen als gegeben" Rudolf Meinert was caught in France in 1943 and transported to Drancy. After his deportation to the KZ Majdanek he was killed there probably between 1943 and 1945.
Rudolf Meinert was married with the screen writer Erna Thurk.
movies from Rudolf Meinert (Director):