Carl Wilhelm

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Carl Wilhelm (born 1885 in Germany;[1] date and place of death unknown) was a prolific German film director, film producer and screenwriter of the silent film era, at the end of which his career apparently entirely faded away and he vanished into obscurity.

Life[edit]

After his first work, the short documentary film Ein vergnügter Wintertag im Berliner Grunewald, made for the producer Oskar Messter in 1909, Wilhelm worked for many other Berlin production companies. For example, in the years before World War I, he filmed for Deutsche Mutoskop- und Biograph GmbH in Lankwitz and BB-Film-Fabrikation Bolten-Baeckers in Steglitz a series of comedies starring the silent film star Leo Peukert.

The two comedies he shot in 1913 and 1914 with Ernst Lubitsch - Die Firma heiratet and Der Stolz der Firma - were very successful. As late as 1919 a critic could write: "Die Firma heiratet and Meyer aus Berlin are still our best films."[2]

In 1915, with his company Cewe-Films, and in 1920/21, with Carl-Wilhelm-Film GmbH, he also operated as his own producer. In 1917 and 1918 he made a number of films in Hungarian. Carl Wilhelm remained a sought-after director until the end of the silent film period. He then ceased to work almost entirely - he is last heard of as a production assistant in 1935 - and nothing is known of the date or place of his death.

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

  • 1909: Ein vergnügter Wintertag im Berliner Grunewald - also actor
  • 1911: Leibeigenschaft (with Leo Peukert)
  • 1912: Der abgeführte Liebhaber
  • 1912: Brüderchens Heldentat
  • 1912: Das elfte Gebot: Du sollst nicht stören Deines Nächsten Flitterwochen
  • 1912: Die Hand des Schicksals (with Leopoldine Konstantin) – co-director with Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers
  • 1912: Leo, der Witwenfreund / Leo als Witwenfreund (with Leo Peukert)
  • 1912: Mama: Roman aus dem Leben einer Schauspielerin
  • 1912: Die Nachbarskinder – co-director with Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers
  • 1915: Der Barbier von Flimersdorf (with Oscar Sabo) – also screenplay
  • 1915: Berlin im Kriegsjahr (documentary film produced by Erich Pommer on commission from the Verein der Zentralstelle für den Fremdenverkehr)
  • 1915: Carl und Carla (with Lisa Weise)
  • 1915: Frau Annas Pilgerfahrt. Episode aus dem Wien-Berliner Leben 1914/15 – also screenplay together with Julius Wilhelm, and production
  • 1916: Sami, der Seefahrer
  • 1916: Ein Zirkusmädel
  • 1917: Albert läßt sich scheiden
  • 1917: Doktor Lauffen
  • 1917: Az elátkozott család
  • 1917: Fabricius úr leánya
  • 1917: Fekete gyémántok
  • 1918: A Gazdag szegények
  • 1918: A Szerelem bolondjai
  • 1919: Die Himmelskönigin / Du meine Himmelskönigin (with Margarete Schön, Gustav Adolf Semler) – also screenplay
  • 1919: Die Pflicht zu leben
  • 1919: Prinzessin Tatjana oder Wenn ein Weib den Weg verliert
  • 1921/22: Menschenopfer (with Hans Albers)
  • 1922: Lumpaci Vagabundus / Der böse Geist Lumpaci Vagabundus (with Hans Albers) – also screenplay
  • 1925: Nick, der König der Chauffeure
  • 1925: Die vertauschte Braut (with Ida Wüst)
  • 1928: Kaczmarek

Other[edit]

  • 1932: Im Bann des Eulenspiegels (directed by Frank Wisbar) – "collective direction", together with Herbert Ephraim
  • 1935: J'aime toutes les femmes (directed by Carl Lamač) – production assistant

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Walter Fritz, 1996, p. 302
  2. ^ Bobby E. Lüthge im Film-Kurier, Nr. 15, 22 June 1919

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Fritz, Walter, 1996. Im Kino erlebe ich die Welt – 100 Jahre Kino und Film in Österreich. Verlag Christian Brandstätter: Vienna. ISBN 3-85447-661-2