Erich Engel

Erich Engel

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1891-02-14
Deathday: 1966-05-10 (75 years old)

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Biography

Erich Gustav Otto Engel (14 February 1891 – 10 May 1966) was a German film and theatre director. Engel was born in Hamburg, where later he studied at the School of Applied Arts. After finishing there he worked briefly as a journalist, then learnt acting at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, after which he spent several years with a touring theatre company.

In 1917 and 1918 Engel was the dramaturgist in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, and later in the Hamburger Kammerspiele. After a short engagement with the Bayerische Staatstheater in Munich he moved in 1924 to Berlin. At the Deutsche Theater he produced, among other pieces, Bertolt Brecht's Im Dickicht der Städte and soon became one of the foremost interpreters of Brecht's works on the German stage.

His breakthrough came with Brecht's Dreigroschenoper, the premiere of which he produced, opening on 31 August 1928 in the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin.

In 1930 Engel also began directing films, but in order to avoid being commissioned to make propaganda films for the National Socialists he concentrated on comedies, characterised by their irony and wit. Among the principal actors in his early films were Jenny Jugo in Fünf von der Jazzband (1932), Gustav Waldau in Unser Fräulein Doktor (1940) and Otto Gebühr in Viel Lärm um Nixi (1942). In this period he worked closely with Theo Mackeben as composer and musical director. He was also engaged as theatrical director at the Berliner Deutsche Theater.

In Vienna in 1935 he produced the film ... nur ein Komödiant, with Rudolf Forster in a double role. Set in the 18th century, this film was opposed to militarism and authoritarianism, as is recognisable inter alia in the scene when a military officer refuses an order to fire indiscriminately on a crowd of rebellious peasants. Probably because of the film's period setting, which seems to have veiled its political stance, it was passed by both the Austrian and the German censors.

During the National Socialist period Engel made numerous films for UFA. After World War II he became the director of the Münchner Kammerspiele, but from 1949 lived and worked in the DDR. Among other pieces he directed for DEFA in 1948 the film Affäre Blum and in 1951 Kommen Sie am Ersten with Inge Meysel.

Later films that he made for DEFA included Geschwader Fledermaus (1958), in which he opposed the French colonial war in Vietnam. For his many DEFA productions he received the Nationalpreis der DDR. However, he also directed in West Germany for Artur Brauner.

As senior director in Brecht's Berliner Ensemble Engel returned to the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, where after the death of Brecht he directed the premiere in 1957 of the Leben des Galilei with the choreographer Jean Soubeyran.

He died in Berlin in 1966 and is buried in the Dorotheenstadt burial ground near the graves of Bertolt Brecht and Heinrich Mann.

Filmography

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Movies 41

Director 40

Writter 1

Writer
Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children (1961)

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Director
Geschwader Fledermaus

Geschwader Fledermaus (1958)

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Director
Vor Gott und den Menschen

Vor Gott und den Menschen (1955)

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Director
Liebe ohne Illusion

Liebe ohne Illusion (1955)

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Director
Du bist die Richtige

Du bist die Richtige (1955)

Movie
Director
Melody Beyond Love

Melody Beyond Love (1954)

Movie
Director
Der Mann meines Lebens

Der Mann meines Lebens (1954)

Movie
Director
The Grapes Are Ripe

The Grapes Are Ripe (1952)

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Director
Under the Thousand Lanterns

Under the Thousand Lanterns (1952)

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Director
Kommen Sie am Ersten

Kommen Sie am Ersten (1951)

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Director
Das seltsame Leben des Herrn Bruggs

Das seltsame Leben des Herrn Bruggs (1951)

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Director
Land der Sehnsucht

Land der Sehnsucht (1950)

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Director
The Beaver Coat

The Beaver Coat (1949)

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Director
The Blum Affair

The Blum Affair (1948)

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Director
Fahrt ins Glück

Fahrt ins Glück (1948)

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Director
Where Is Mr. Belling?

Where Is Mr. Belling? (1945)

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Director
Es lebe die Liebe

Es lebe die Liebe (1944)

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Director
Man rede mir nicht von Liebe

Man rede mir nicht von Liebe (1943)

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Director
Altes Herz wird wieder jung

Altes Herz wird wieder jung (1943)

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Director
Sommerliebe

Sommerliebe (1942)

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Director
Viel Lärm um Nixi

Viel Lärm um Nixi (1942)

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Director
Unser Fräulein Doktor

Unser Fräulein Doktor (1940)

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Director
Der Weg zu Isabel

Der Weg zu Isabel (1940)

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Director
Nanette

Nanette (1940)

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Director
Hotel Sacher

Hotel Sacher (1939)

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Director
A Hopeless Case

A Hopeless Case (1939)

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Director
Der Maulkorb

Der Maulkorb (1938)

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Director
Gefährliches Spiel

Gefährliches Spiel (1937)

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Director
Die Nacht mit dem Kaiser

Die Nacht mit dem Kaiser (1936)

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Director
Ein Hochzeitstraum

Ein Hochzeitstraum (1936)

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Director
Mädchenjahre einer Königin

Mädchenjahre einer Königin (1936)

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Director
Only a Comedian

Only a Comedian (1935)

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Director
Pygmalion

Pygmalion (1935)

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Director
High School

High School (1934)

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Director
Pechmarie

Pechmarie (1934)

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Director
Inge and the Millions

Inge and the Millions (1933)

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Director
Five from the Jazzband

Five from the Jazzband (1932)

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Director
Who Takes Love Seriously?

Who Takes Love Seriously? (1931)

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Director
The Murderer Dmitri Karamazov

The Murderer Dmitri Karamazov (1931)

Movie
Director
Die Liebe ist der Frauen Macht

Die Liebe ist der Frauen Macht (1924)

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Director
The Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop

The Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop (1923)

Movie

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1936
1942
1939
1961

Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1891-02-14

Deathday
1966-05-10 (75 years old)

Birth name
Erich Gustav Otto Engel

Place of birth
Hamburg, Germany

Citizenships
German Empire, Weimar Republic, German Democratic Republic, Germany

Also known as
Enrico Engel

Awards
Patriotic Order of Merit in silver, Banner of Labor, National Prize of East Germany


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