The Austrian actor Paul Richter owed his great popularity during the
silent movie era above all to the directors Joe May
and Fritz Lang.
Paul Richter made his film debut in 1914 with "Sterbewalzer". With the
outbreak of World War I was his film activity concluded temporarily and
he became a "emperor hunter" in the Carpathians, later he was detached
to a mountain guide course. The nature and the mountains with which he
became familiar on the occasion, found a fixed place in his life and later
also in his movies.
With Joe May's "Das indische Grabmal" (21) Richter became famous to
a wide public for the first time, but only with "Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler"
(22) and especially with "Die Nibelungen" (24) - both directed by Fritz
Lang - he became a sex symbol in the 20's.
At last Germany was able to present a pendant to the American stars
Ramon Novarro and Rudolph Valentino.
During the shooting to "Die Nibelungen" there were often arguments behind
the scenes between director and actor. This found its peak when Richter
should had to present himself nude in front of the camera for the bath
scene in the blood of the dragon. Because he refused to play this part
without swimming trunks, Fritz Lang brought Rudolf
Klein-Rogge into play as his stand-in for this key scene.
But even this solution didn't please him by no means because now the
audience would suppose that the back of Rudolf Klein-Rogge would be the
that of him.
But Fritz Lang succeeded in getting to finish the part with Klein-Rogge.
The next part of Paul Richter were inevitable connected with heroism
as well, among others he played in "Pietro, der Korsar" (25) and "Dagfin"
At the beginnings of the 30's he was more and more brought into play
for filmw with a regional background like "Die Försterchristel" (31)
and "Schloss Hubertus" (34). From now on he usually played huntsmen, foresters
or landowners in Ludwig-Ganghofer adaptions.
Because of his private preference to the nature and mountains he was
able to bring his performances into life in contrast to Rudolf Prack in
A difficult eye operation ended the film career of Paul Richter at the
end of the 50's.
Paul Richter was married with the actress Aud
Other movies with Paul Richter:
Die Gouvernante (14) Jagd nach
dem Glück (20) Prinz und Tänzerin (20) Der Henker von Sankt Marien
(20) Der Vogel im Käfig (20) Der Mord ohne Täter (20) Seelen
im Sturm (20) Die goldene Kugel (21) Narren der Liebe (21) Nachtbesuch
in der Northernbank (21) Das Opfer der Ellen Larsen (21) Die Nacht der
Einbrecher (21) Zirkus des Lebens (21) Die rote Maus (25) Tragödie
einer Ehe (26) In Treue stark (26) Kampf der Geschlechter (26) Schwester
Veronika (26) Die letzte Nacht (27) Der König der Mittelstürmer
(27) Die Stadt der tausend Freuden (27) Die Geliebte seiner Hoheit (28)
Schneeschuhbanditen (28) Lockendes Gift (28) Sensation im Wintergarten
(29) Die Frau im Talar (29) Eskimo/Der weisse Gott! (31) Die Nacht ohne
Pause (31) Der Hexer (32) Strafsache van Geldern (32) Marschall Vorwärts
(32) Das Geheimnis um Johann Orth (32) Der Choral von Leuthen (33) Drei
Kaiserjäger (33) Der sanfte Jacob (33) Krach im Forsthaus (33) In
Sachen Timpe (34) Was bin ich ohne Dich (34) Jungfrau gegen Mönch
(34) Das unsterbliche Lied (34) Die Frauen vom Tannhof (34) Ehestreik (35)
Der Klosterjäger (35) Der Jäger von Fall (36) Gordian, der Tyrann
(37) Das Schweigen im Walde (37) Frau Sylvelin (38) Narren im Schnee (38)
Stärker als die Liebe (38) Der Edelweisskönig (38) Waldrausch
(39) Beates Flitterwoche (40) Der laufende Berg (41) Der Ochsenkrieg (42)
Kohlhiesels Töchter (43) Die schwache Stunde (43) Warum lügst
Du, Elisabeth? (44) Ein Mann gehört ins Haus (45) Der Geigenmacher
von Mittenwald (50) Die Alm an der Grenze (51) Die Martinsklause (51) Die
schöne Tölzerin (52) Der Herrgottschnitzer von Ammergau (52)
Der Klosterjäger (53) Schloss Hubertus (54) Das Schweigen im Walde
(55) Der Jäger von Fall (56) Wetterleuchten um Maria (57) Sag' ja,
Mutti! (58) Der Schäfer vom Trutzberg (58)