Georg Wilhelm Pabst
1885 - 1967
The director Georg Wilhelm Pabst belongs to the most influence German filmmakers whose works inspired many of his colleagues.
He first was trained as an actor and he made his stage debut at the
beginning of the 20th century in Switzerland and Austria.
When he went to the Deutsches Volkstheater in New York in 1911 he was also active there as a director for the first time, an activity for which he became famous later in the film business.
But first followed a harst setback when he returned to Europe in 1914. World War I broke out and he was interned in a campf in Brest as a hostile foreigner.
He was able to continue his theater career after the war and when he
met director Carl Froelich in 1921 he was introduced into the film business.
G.W. Pabst made his debut as a film director with "Der Schatz" (23)
with the famous Albert Steinrück in the leading role.
After his film "Abwege" (28) he realised his probably best-known movie with "Die Büchse der Pandora" (29) with the American actress Louise Brooks in the leading role. The movie became an international box-office hit.
Although in 1929 he supported director Arnold Fanck for his movie "Die weisse Hölle von Piz Palü" (29) with Leni Riefenstahl.
His next film "Moral um Mitternacht" from 1930 was still shot as a silent movie but with "Westfront 1918" (30) he realised his first talky.
Georg Wilhelm Pabst comprehended at the first go to use the sound
goal-directed as an enriching element and he was able to fill the audience
with enthusiasm in the next years.
When National Socialists came into power in Germany he stayed in France
for the time being and shot the movie "Du haut en bas" (33) with Jean Gabin.
He returned to Berlin in 1939 and also stayed there after outbreak of war. But he could only realise few movies - "Komödianten" (41), "Paracelsus" (43) and "Der Fall Molander" (45).
After the war he first worked in Austria and shot the movies "Der Prozess"
(48), "Geheimnisvolle Tiefe" (49) and "Duell mit dem Tod" (49).
Finally he returned to Germany and realised his last movies with "Das
Bekenntnis der Ina Kahr" (54), "Der letzte Akt" (55), "Es geschah am 20.
Juli" (55), "Rosen für Bettina" (56) and "Durch die Wälder, durch
die Auen" (56).
Other movies from G.W. Pabst (Writer):