1893 - 1976
The sculptor, art director and costume designer Walter Schulze-Mittendorff began already in 1907, at the age of 14, a sculptor apprenticeship in the studio of Otto Rossius. After the ending he studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin from 1913.
After the interruption by World War I he continued his study in 1919 and got at the Academy for fine arts a master studio which he possessed till 1926. In 1920 he got the "Dr. Paul Schultze award for sculpting" and in 1913 the "Award of Rome".
Thanks to his study college and friend, the painter and production designer
Robert Herlth, he got in touch with the film business in 1920 and remained
true to this medium for many decades.
In the next years he was engaged as a sculptor for the movies"Peter
der Grosse" (22) with Emil Jannings and Fritz Kortner, "Luise Millerin"
(22) with Lil Dagover and Paul Hartmann, "Der Graf von Essex" (22) with
Eugen Klöpfer, Fritz Kortner and Erna Morena, "Der Schatz" (23) directed
by G.W. Pabst with Albert Steinrück and Werner Krauss, Fritz Lang's
monumental film "Die Nibelungen" (24) with Paul Richter and Margarete Schön,
"Zur Chronik von Grieshuus" (25) with Lil Dagover and Paul Hartmann and
finally Lang's masterpiece "Metropolis" (26) with Brigitte Helm and Gustav
Walter Schulze-Mittendorff worked together with Fritz Lang for two more movies - "Spione" (28) with Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Gerda Maurus and the sound film "Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" (32) with Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Otto Wernicke, for which he created the awesome face of Dr. Mabuse.
He allocated his services as a sculptor a last time for the movies "Amphitryon" (35) with Willy Fritsch and Käthe Gold, "Der Herrscher" (37) with Emil Jannings and Marianne Hopppe, "Der zerbrochene Krug" (37) with Emil Jannings and Friedrich Kayssler and "Der Maulkorb" (38) with Ralph Arthur Roberts and Hilde Weissner.
When Walter Schulze-Mittendorff for the movie "Amphitryon" not only
created the sculptors but also the costumes he found a new field of activity
and he created other costumes for numerous movies till the end of his film
After World War 2 he continued his film career as a costume designer for the DEFA and worked for the productions "Wozzeck" (47), "Die Buntkarierten" (49), "Der Biberpelz" (49), "Semmelweis - Retter der Mütter" (50), "Das Beil von Wandsbek" (51), "Der Untertan" (51), "Jonny rettet Nebrador" (53), the very successful fairy tale "Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck" (53), "Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse" (54), "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder" (55), "Alter Kahn und junge Liebbe" (57) and "Musterknaben" (59).
His last costume designs came in the 60s into being, first for the DEFA.
In 1962 the in West Berlin living artist worked as a freelancing costume
designer for 18 movie and TV productions.
Other movies from Walter Schulze-Mittendorff
A special thanks goes to Bertina Schulze-Mittendorff for the handing over of the autograph of Walter Schulze-Mittendorff.
A detailed appreciation of Walter Schulze-Mittendorff's work for the movie "Metropolis" can be found on the page from Kropserkel.
The sculptural works of the artist can be examined in
a motion picture gallery unter WSMArt.