1859 - 1932
The director and film pioneer Franz Porten first made an education as an artistic ladler. But soon afterwards he took lessons as an opera singer and it followed numerous appearances on different stages both as a singer and actor. He went on tour through whole Germany in the next decades.
Finally he came to Berlin where he entered the new media film. He already realised first "Tonbilder" like "Tannhäuser" (06), "Meissner Porzellan" (06), "Der Trompeter von Säckingen" (07), "Desdemoma" (08), "Stolzenfels am Rhein" (09) and "Andreas Hofers Tod" (09), often with his daughters Rosa Porten and Henny Porten in the leading roles. Henny Porten became one of the most popular German silent movies stars later. Rosa Porten often worked together with her father as a screenwriter and director and they used the pseudonym Dr. R. Portegg.
His last movies as a director came in the 10s into being, among them "Karl der Grosse" (11), "Theodor Körner" (12), "Der Film von der Königin Luise" (13), "Bubi, der Unverbesserliche" (15) and "Tyrannenherrschaft" (16).
He was not able to keep up with the directors of great movies and his film career came to an end in 1918.
Besides his activity as a director Franz Porten also appeared as an actor in some early movies and he also wrote the screenplay for several movies.
movies from Franz Porten (Director):