Peter Beauvais

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Peter Beauvais (September 9, 1916, Weißenstadt, Germany – December 17, 1986, Baden-Baden, Germany) was a German television film director and scriptwriter. As a director for three decades, he helped pioneer and significantly influenced the development of German television.[1]

Career[edit]

Beauvais was the son of a factory owner of Jewish origin. He attended the Municipal Liebig High School in Frankfurt am Main, where he studied drama, until 1935. In 1936, under the Nazi regime, he was forced to emigrate to the United States on account of his Jewish background. There he worked as an actor on Broadway. Beauvais returned to Germany in 1945[2] or 1946[3] with the United States Army, for whom worked as an interpreter, including for the Nuremberg Trials, and as a theatre officer.[3]

In 1950 Beauvais became an actor at the theatre in Hanover, then worked as an actor and trainee director at Werner Finck's Kabarett Die Mausefalle (Mousetrap Cabaret) in Stuttgart, and acted in American films produced in Germany. His first television direction work was in 1954, for Südwestfunk (Southwest Radio). In 1958–1960 he directed two theatrical films for UFA. He then moved back to television for good, directing more than 100 television films and episodes from 1960 to 1986. From 1962 to 1967, collaborating with the writer Horst Lommer, Beauvais directed a popular series of films for NDR.[3]

Over the course of his career, Beauvais created a prolific and wide-ranging body of work including comedies, satires, crime films, dramas, and science fiction films. Beauvais adapted for television literary works by writers including Arthur Schnitzler, Anton Chekhov, and Joseph Roth, and directed Eugene O'Neill's Trauer muss Elektra tragen (Mourning Becomes Electra), starring Peter Pasetti. He also adapted and filmed works by contemporary writers including Siegfried Lenz, Karin Struck, Adolf Muschg, and Martin Walser, and original teleplays by writers including Peter Stripp, Daniel Christoff, and Horst Lommer.[2][4]

Beauvais was also an opera director, in Germany and on international stages.[3][2]

Awards[edit]

Beauvais won two Adolf Grimme Prizes with gold (a prestigious award sometimes called "Germany's Golden Globes"):[5] In 1973 for Im Reservat (In The Reserve) and in 1974 for Sechs Wochen im Leben der Brüder G. (Six Weeks in the Life of the Brothers G.),[3] He also won a posthumous Grimme Prize (with gold) in 1988 for Sommer in Lesmona (Summer in Lesmona) (shared with Reinhard Baumgart, Katja Riemann, and Herbert Grönemeyer),[citation needed] and a Bambi Award, in 1968, for Zug der Zeit (The Locomotive of Time).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Beauvais was married four times, to the actress Ilsemarie Schnering,[4] the singer and actress Karin Hübner[4] (with whom he had a daughter, Dana),[6] the actress Sabine Sinjen (1963 to 1984),[4] and the photographer and later producer Barbara Beauvais.[citation needed] Barbara Beauvais survived him and actually completed his last film Wie kommt das Salz ins Meer? (Why is the Sea Salty?), as Peter Beauvais died during production.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

  • 1955: Der selige Christopher Bohn — (based on The Late Christopher Bean)
  • 1955: Das Ostergeschenk (short)
  • 1955: Zwischen den Zügen — (based on Still Life)
  • 1955: Die falschen Nasen
  • 1956: Kolibri – Eine Magazingeschichte
  • 1956: Die Fahrt ins Blaue
  • 1956: Regen und Wind
  • 1956: Schatten in der 3. Avenue
  • 1957: Schinderhannes — (based on Schinderhannes)
  • 1957: Bei Tag und bei Nacht oder Der Hund des Gärtners — (based on The Dog in the Manger)
  • 1957: Mrs. Cheneys Ende — (based on The Last of Mrs. Cheyney)
  • 1957: Die Fee — (based on The Good Fairy)
  • 1957: Das heiße Herz
  • 1959: Der Mann im Manne
  • 1960: Ein Fingerhut voll Mut
  • 1960: Venus im Licht — (based on Venus Observed)
  • 1960: Familie
  • 1961: Madame de…
  • 1961: General Quixotte
  • 1961: Zwischen den Zügen — (based on Still Life)
  • 1961: Ein Außenseiter
  • 1961: Erinnerst du dich?
  • 1962: Die kleinen Füchse — (based on The Little Foxes)
  • 1962: Der Walzer der Toreros — (based on The Waltz of the Toreadors)
  • 1962: Letzter Punkt der Tagesordnung
  • 1962: Onkel Harry
  • 1962: Schluck und Jau
  • 1962: Schönes Wochenende
  • 1963: Jahre danach
  • 1963: Bilderkomödie
  • 1963: Der arme Bitos... oder Das Diner der Köpfe
  • 1963: Das Glück läuft hinterher
  • 1964: Der Feigling und die Tänzerin
  • 1964: Die Teilnahme
  • 1964: Spätsommer
  • 1964: Professor Bernhardi — (based on Professor Bernhardi)
  • 1964: Ich fahre Patschold
  • 1965: Undine — (based on Ondine)
  • 1965: Michael Kramer
  • 1965: Port Royal
  • 1965: Nächstes Jahr in Jerusalem
  • 1965: Tag für Tag — (based on Roots)
  • 1965: Onkel Wanja – Szenen aus dem Landleben — (based on Uncle Vanya)
  • 1965: Bernhard Lichtenberg — (Docudrama about Bernhard Lichtenberg)
  • 1965: Die Sommerfrische
  • 1965: Mach's Beste draus
  • 1966: Gespenster — (based on Ghosts)
  • 1966: Geibelstraße 27
  • 1966: Jegor Bulytschow und andere
  • 1967: Ein Duft von Blumen
  • 1967: Zug der Zeit
  • 1967: Der Teufel und der liebe Gott — (based on The Devil and the Good Lord)
  • 1967: Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte — (based on Peter Schlemihl)
  • 1968: Ein Mann namens Harry Brent [de] (TV miniseries)
  • 1968: Zeit der halben Herzen
  • 1968: Der Unfall
  • 1969: Die Ratten — (based on The Rats)
  • 1969: Fink und Fliederbusch
  • 1969: Die Sommerfrische
  • 1969: Die Rückkehr
  • 1969: Rumpelstilz. Ein kleinbürgerliches Trauerspiel
  • 1969: Die Geschichte der 1002. Nacht
  • 1969: Das weite Land
  • 1970: Eine große Familie
  • 1970: Trauer muß Elektra tragen — (based on Mourning Becomes Electra)
  • 1971: Tatort (TV series): Kressin und der tote Mann im Fleet [de]
  • 1971: Deutschstunde [de] — (based on The German Lesson)
  • 1971: Sterben
  • 1971: Dreht euch nicht um – der Golem geht rum [de]
  • 1972: 8051 Grinning
  • 1972: Finito l'amor
  • 1973: Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht — (based on Long Day's Journey into Night)
  • 1973: Im Reservat [de]
  • 1973: Die Gräfin von Rathenow — (based on The Marquise of O)
  • 1974: Sechs Wochen im Leben der Brüder G.
  • 1974: Griseldis
  • 1974: Rosenmontag
  • 1975: Evas Rippe
  • 1975: Stumme Zeugen
  • 1975: Nach der Scheidung
  • 1975: Hilde Breitner
  • 1975: Am Wege — (based on Ved Vejen)
  • 1976: Männergeschichten – Frauengeschichten
  • 1976: Dorothea Merz
  • 1977: Glücksucher
  • 1977: Auf dem Chimborazo
  • 1977: Die Soldaten
  • 1977: Rückfälle
  • 1979: Phantasten
  • 1979: Trennung – Die Geschichte der Anna Wildermuth
  • 1979: Kur in Travemünde
  • 1980: Berlin Mitte
  • 1981: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn oder Die Feuerprobe — (based on Das Käthchen von Heilbronn)
  • 1982: Männer
  • 1983: Der Kunstfehler
  • 1983: Heimat, die ich meine
  • 1984: Die ewigen Gefühle
  • 1985: Verworrene Bilanzen
  • 1985: Ein fliehendes Pferd
  • 1987: Sommer in Lesmona [de] (TV miniseries)
  • 1988: Wie kommt das Salz ins Meer?

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Beauvais. Vielfalt als Konzept" [Peter Beauvais – Diversity as a Concept]. Akademie der Künste. Retrieved February 10, 2017. (in German)
  2. ^ a b c "Neuerscheinung: Peter Beauvais. Vielfalt als Konzept" [New Release: Peter Beauvais – Diversity as a Concept]. Akademie der Künste. Retrieved February 10, 2017. (in German)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Peter-Beauvais-Archiv" [Peter Beauvais Archives]. Akademie der Künste. Retrieved February 10, 2017. (in German)
  4. ^ a b c d e Rosemarie Kuheim (November 5, 2015). "Peter Beauvais". Deutsches Filmhaus (German Film House). Retrieved February 11, 2017. (in German)
  5. ^ Thomas Schmid (May 4, 2016). "Thai co-production wins Germany's Grimme Award". Film Journal International. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dana (41)". Discogs. Retrieved February 11, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jacobsen, Wolfgang; Rittmeyer, Nicky, eds. (2016). Peter Beauvais. Vielfalt als Konzept. Fernsehen. Geschichte. Ästhetik. Munich: Archiv der Akademie der Künste / Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek. ISBN 978-3-86916-519-6. (in German)

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