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Walter Riml


1905 - 1994

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The cinematographer Walter Riml began his professional career as an interior designer and carpenter. As an enthusiastic skier he was a regular guest in the mountains and new its circumstances.

When Arnold Fanck - a movie director who often settled his works in the environment of the mountains - meht Walter Riml he engaged him first as a skier and shortly afterwards as an actor.
Walter Riml took part as an actor in movies like "Der weisse Rausch" (31), "Abenteuer im Engadin" (32), "S.O.S. Eisberg" (33), "Nordpol - Ahoi!" (34) and "Der ewige Traum" (34). Together with Guzzi Lantschner he created a comical duo which harmonised on the big screen very well.

Besides his acting Walter Riml was always interested in cinematography and with a body height of more than two meters he offered at the end of the 20s his service as an assistant to the cinematographers Richard Angst and Hans Schneeberger.

In 1932 followed his engagement as a cinematographer assistant for Leni Riefenstahl's movie "Das blaue Licht" (32) which led to another collaboration three years later for Riefenstahl's movie "Triumph des Willens" (35).

He became established as a cinematographer in the next years and he shot both documentaries and feature movies.
To his well-known works of the 30s and 40s belong "Peter im Schnee" (37), "Der Berg ruft!" (38), "Steputat & Co." (38), "Hochzeit mit Hindernissen" (39), "Alarm auf Station III" (39), "Japans heiliger Vulkan" (41), "Frühling in Japan" (41), "Arno Breker" (44), "Singende Engel" (47), "Zyankali" (48) and "Weisses Gold" (49).
Besides these cinematical works he also shot news as a war correspondent during World War II.

After the war he was able to continue his career as a cinematographer, first as a correspondent for the US army and later for documentaries and feature movies again.

To his popular works of those years belong "Das doppelte Lottchen" (50), "Die Wirtin von Maria Wörth" (52), "Rosen-Resli" (54), "Solange du lebst" (55), "Kirschen in Nachbars Garten" (56), "Heimatlos" (58) and "Heimat, deine Lieder" (59).

His last cinematical works came in the 60s into being with the serial "Funkstreife Isar 12" (60), "Ring frei" (62), the serial "Mario" (63) and "Bergwind" (63).
In 1962 he was engaged by the director John Sturges as cinematographer assistant for his movie "The Great Escape" (62). He was also active in this function for the James-Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (69).
After the documentation about the movie "The Last Valley" (70) he retired fro the film business.


Other movies from Walter Riml (Cinematographer):
Das grosse Eis (36) Atarashiki tsuchi (37) Liebesbriefe aus dem Engadin (38) Hänschen Klein (38) Im Namen des Volkes (39) Spiel im Sommerwind (39) Wer küsst Madeleine? (39) Weisser Flieder (40) Der König der Berge (40) Josef Thorak, Werkstatt und Werk (43) Atlantik-Wall (44) Les amours de Blanche Neige (47) Anni (48) Die Verjüngungskur (48) Die Frau am Wege (48) Hexen (49) Kind der Donau (50) Stadtpark (51) Nacht am Mont-Blanc (51) Karneval in Weiss (52) Junges Herz voll Liebe (53) Der schweigende Engel (54) Der Major und die Stiere (55) The Lone Climber (55) Die Zwillinge vom Zillertal (57) Wir sahen mit unseren Augen - Russland heute (57) Egon, der Frauenheld (57) Kleren maken de man (57) Almenrausch und Edelweiss (57) Worüber man nicht spricht – Frauenarzt Dr. Brand greift ein (58) Unsere Nachbarn im All (68)

Actor:
Karneval in Weiss (52)

Special effects:
Schneewittchen und die sieben Gaukler (62)

 
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