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Raimondo van Riel


1881 - 1962

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The actor Raimondo van Riel began his career in Italy where he already appeared at amateur theaters as a student. He continued his ambition to become an actor as an adult and was successful.

He soon impersonated roles at different Italian theaters, among others he joined the troup of Alfredo Sainati where he remained active between 1909 and 1919.

His first appearance in front of the camera came for "Per un pra d'amore" (14) into being but his real film career started from 1919.
In the next years he became a demanded movie actor who often impersonated negative characters.
To his well-known early movies belong "Fiamma simbolica" (19), "Il Sacco di Roma" (20), "Primavera" (21), "Le tre ombre" (21), "Un fiore nel fango" (21), "La tormenta" (22), "Un viaggio nell'impossibile" (23) and "La giovinezza del diavolo" (25).

In 1924 he impersonated a role for a German production for the first time when he played the role of Tigellinus in the monumental film "Quo Vadis?" (24) directed by Georg Jacoby and Gabriellino d'Annunzio.
Because of the huge successof this production Raimondo van Riel was regularly engaged for German silent movies. To these works belong "Der Kampf gegen Berlin" (26), "Das Geheimnis des Abbe X" (27), "Flucht aus der Hölle" (28), "Die Republik der Backfische" (28), "Verirrte Jugend" (29) and "S.O.S. Schiff in Not" (29).
In those time he also continued to take part in Italian productions as well like "Beatrice Cenci" (26), "El moroso de la nona" (27) and "I rifiuti del Tevere" (27).

He continued his film career as an actor in the 30s both in Germany and later in Italy.
At the same time he began a second film career as a make-up artist for the Italian film - an activitiy he practised till to the 50s.

To his movies as an actor of those years belong "Gehetzte Mädchen" (30), "Die Jagd nach der Million" (30), "Im Kampf mit der Unterwelt" (30), "Terra madre" (31), "La donna di una notte" (31), "Lorenzino de Medici" (35), "Angélica" (39), "Il leone di Damasco" (42), "L'apocalisse" (47), "Margherita da Cortona" (50) and "Primo amore" (59).

His last cinematical appearance in front of the camera was for the US production "Ben-Hur" (59).

As a make-up artist he took part in numerous movies too, among them "Nerone" (30), "Rubacuori" (31), "Figaro e la sua gran giornata" (31), "La Wally" (32), "Cento di questi giorni" (33), "La marche nuptiale" (35), "Aldebaran" (36), "La strada buia" (50), "Messalina" (51) and "Casa Ricordi" (54).


Other movies with Raimondo van Riel:
La ladra di fanciulli (20) L'amica (20) La morte piange, ride e poi... (21) La congrega dei ventiquattro (21) L'amico (21) Tre persone per bene (22) I promessi sposi (22) La madre folle (23) Il cammino elle stelle (24) La cavalcata ardente (25) Zigano (25) Menschenleben in Gefahr (26) Risa e lacrime napoletane (26) Der goldene Abgrund (27) Die letzte Galavorstellung des Zirkus Wolfson (28) Manege (28) Gaunerliebchen (28) Ritter der Nacht (28) Da letzte Souper (28) Kif Tebbi (28) Der Herzensphotograph (28) Dva pekelne dny (28) Mein Herz ist eine Jazzband (29) Die Schmugglerbaut von Mallorca (29) Der Bund der Drei (29) Mein Herz gehört Dir... (30) Achtung! Auto-Diebe! (30) Im Kampf mit der Unterwelt (30) Wellen der Leidenschaft (30) Corte d'Assise (31) La lanterna del diavolo (31) Figaro e la suga gran giornata (31) Patatrac (31) Luci sommerse (36) Scipione l'africano (37) Due milioni per un sorriso (39) Il ponte dei sospiri (40) La Gorgona (42) Una lettera all'alba (48) La citta dolente (49) Benvenuto revereno! (50) Il barone Carlo Mazza (50) Esterina (59)

Make-up:
La canzone dell'amore (30) Corte d'Assise (31) Il medico per forza (31) Terra madre (31) La lanterna del diavolo (31) L'uomo dall'artiglio (31) La segretaria privata (31) La cantante dell'opera (32) L'ultima awentura (32) T'amero sempre (33) Je vous aimerai toujours (33) 1860 (34) La signora di tutti (34) La marcia nuziale (36) Luci sommerse (36) La danza delle lancette (36) Angélica (39) Due milioni per un sorriso (39) Il ponte dei sospiri (40) Il leone di Damasco (42) E arrivato l'accordatore (52) Puccini (53) L'amore in citta (53) Casta diva (54)


 
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