Artur Brauner

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Artur Brauner (left) shaking hands with Willy Brandt.

Artur "Atze" Brauner (born Abraham Brauner 1 August 1918) is a Polish film producer and entrepreneur. He was born to a Jewish family in Łódź, Poland. With his parents and four siblings, he fled to the Soviet Union and survived the Holocaust. Following the war, he and his brother, Wolf Brauner emigrated to Berlin;[1] his parents and three of his siblings emigrated to Israel. Twelve of his relatives were killed at Babi Yar,[2] just a portion of the 49 who perished at the hands of the Nazis.[3]

As a young man he saw Fritz Lang's film The Testament of Dr. Mabuse that affected him greatly, making him interested in film. In September 1946 he founded the Central Cinema Company or CCC Films in the American sector of Berlin. He prouduced Sag' die Wahrheit, one of the first films produced in Germany after the war, followed by Morituri, which was a commercial failure and threw him into debt. Brauner realised that to produce critically successful films he had to make up their losses by producing critically derided films that were appreciated by the public. He lured back many Germans who had experience in Hollywood such as Robert Siodmak and later Fritz Lang who started a revival of Dr. Mabuse.[4]

In 2009, Yad Vashem received a donation of 21 of Brauner's productions having to do with the Holocaust, including Die Weiße Rose, The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (Der 20. Juli) and Man and Beast (Mensch und Bestie). In 2010, Yad Vashem opened a media center in Brauner's name.[5] Brauner called it the "crowning achievement of my film career".


Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1948 Morituri Eugen York
1955 The Plot to Assassinate Hitler Falk Harnack German Federal Film Award
1955 The Rats Robert Siodmak Golden Bear
1956 Before Sundown Gottfried Reinhardt Golden Bear (Audience award)
1957 Just Once a Great Lady Erik Ode
1957 The Last Ones Shall Be First Rolf Hansen
1958 Confess, Doctor Corda Josef von Báky
1958 Mädchen in Uniform Géza von Radványi
1958 Münchhausen in Afrika Werner Jacobs
1958 Der Stern von Santa Clara Werner Jacobs
1958 It Happened in Broad Daylight Ladislao Vajda
1958 Here I Am, Here I Stay Werner Jacobs
1959 Old Heidelberg Ernst Marischka
1959 Der Tiger von Eschnapur Fritz Lang
1959 Das indische Grabmal Fritz Lang
1959 Menschen im Hotel Gottfried Reinhardt
1959 Abschied von den Wolken Gottfried Reinhardt
1960 Sweetheart of the Gods Gottfried Reinhardt
1960 Der brave Soldat Schwejk Axel von Ambesser Nominated for a Golden Globe
1960 The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Fritz Lang
1961 Via Mala Paul May
1961 Robert and Bertram Hans Deppe
1961 Das Riesenrad Géza von Radványi
1961 The Shadows Grow Longer Ladislao Vajda
1961 The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi Kurt Hoffmann
1962 The Brain Freddie Francis
1962 Station Six-Sahara Seth Holt
1962 Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes Terence Fisher and Frank Winterstein
1963 Old Shatterhand Hugo Fregonese
1963 Scotland Yard vs. Dr. Mabuse Paul May
1963 Man and Beast Edwin Zbonek
1964 Fanny Hill Russ Meyer
1965 Der Schatz der Azteken Robert Siodmak
1965 Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes Robert Siodmak
1966/67 Die Nibelungen Harald Reinl
1967 The Corrupt Ones James Hill
1968 Tevye and His Seven Daughters Menahem Golan
1969 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Dario Argento
1970 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio De Sica
1970 Black Beauty James Hill
1970 Vampyros Lesbos Jess Franco
1972 The Dead Are Alive Armando Crispino
1977 Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein Thomas Engel TV series
1983 S.A.S. à San Salvador Raoul Coutard
1983 A Love in Germany Andrzej Wajda
1987 Der Stein des Todes Franz Josef Gottlieb
1988 Hanussen István Szabó Nominated Academy Award
1990 Europa Europa ("Hitlerjunge Salomon") Agnieszka Holland
2006 Der letzte Zug Joseph Vilsmaier

Publications[edit]

"Mich gibt's nur einmal" (autobiography). Munich, Berlin: Herbig (1976)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bock, Hans-Michael and Bergfelder, Tim: The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema Berghahn Books. p. 60
  2. ^ Boston, William: "Burying the Past" Time (October 1, 2003). Retrieved February 29, 2012
  3. ^ Hans Schmid, "Old Atze und der Schatz im Silbersee" Heise Online. (August 23, 2008) Retrieved March 1, 2012 (German)
  4. ^ Kalat, David: German Trash Cinema: The Story of Artur Brauner in: The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse: A Study of the Twelve Films and Five Novels. McFarland (2005), pp. 131-142
  5. ^ "German film producer to receive Yad Vashem honour" Deutsche Presse-Agentur (2010). Retrieved March 1, 2012

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