Erich Waschneck

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Erich John Waschneck (29 April 1887, Grimma, Kingdom of Saxony – 22 September 1970, Berlin ) was a German cameraman, director, screenwriter and film producer .

Early life[edit]

Erich was the son of Karl Hermann Waschneck, a blacksmith, and his wife Therese Emilie, née Schneider. Waschneck went to finishing school at the Leipzig Art Academy and studied painting.

Career[edit]

He came in contact with the film industry in 1907 when he began to paint posters for films. He then worked as a still photographer and later as a camera assistant to cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner .

In 1921, he did his first work as a cameraman in the adaptation of the fairy tale The Little Muck by Wilhelm Hauff. From 1924 he worked as a director. His film Eight Girls in a boat (1932) won the Gold Medal at the Venice Film Festival. In 1932 he became managing director of Beacon-Film GmbH in Berlin and film producer. After the Nazi rise to power, into force on 4th Waschneck April 1933 the National Socialist Factory Cell Organization German-born film directors with. [1] In 1940, he directed the anti-Semitic propaganda film The Rothschilds'.

After the war Waschneck was only able to direct two films.

Personal life[edit]

In 1933 Waschneck married the actress Karin Hardt. Waschneck is buried in the old cemetery in Wannsee.

Selected filmography[edit]