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Hans Casparius

1900 - 1986

The actor, producer and photographer Hans Casparius only took part in movies rarely.

He played his first film role in "Polizeibericht Überfall" (28) directed by Ernö Metzner with Heinrich Gotho, Sybille Schmitz and Gustav Püttjer.

Afterwards followed the classic "Tagebuch einer Verlorenen" (29) directed by G. W. Pabst at the side of Louise Brooks, André Roanne, Fritz Rasp, Arnold Korff, Andrews Engelmann and Valeska Gert.

Finally he impersonated the role of duke Sternberg in his only sound film "Rivalen im Weltrekord" (30) with Bob Stoll, Nien Soen Ling, Robert Garrison and Liselotte Schaak.

Afterwards Hans Casparius realised several documentaries which he shot on his travels through Marocco, it followed the documentary "Ginster auf Hiddensee".

With the takeover of the Nazis in 1933 he went to Austria where he was busy in the film business as a still photographer. With another travel to Africa he realised the documentary "Nomaden der Wüste" (33).

Finally he became established as a portrait photographer, often from actor colleagues like Elisabeth Bergner, Louise Brooks, Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Reinhold Schünzel and Theo Lingen. But he also portrayed other personalities like Kurt Weill and Sigmund Freud.

With the invasion in Austria in 1938 he emigrated to England where he became an established photographer as well.