February 18, 1884|
May 7, 1972 (aged 88)|
|Other names||Dr. R. Portegg|
|Years active||1906 to mid-1920s|
Porten was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, the daughter of Franz Porten and Wincenzia Porten (née Wybiral). She had a younger sister, Henny Porten, and a younger brother, Fritz Porten. Her father was an opera singer and her sister was a popular film star in Germany.
As a child, Porten and her sister would often appear in school plays and moving picture image collections featuring opera and arias that their father shot.
As a director, Porten's films were notable for featuring storylines centered on women.
The following is a selected list of works by Porten. Film archivists suspect that Porten worked on over 50 films, but most have not survived due to the flammable nature of the films of that period. Her films have been featured in film festivals like The Fifth International Women and the Silent Screen Conference, Stockholm University, Sweden in June 2008, Il Cinema Ritrovato and UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in 2010 and 2014.
- 1928: Die Heiratsfalle - writer, director
- 1927: Das Mädchen aus der Fremde - writer
- 1927: Fahrendes Volk (documentary short) - writer
- 1925: Hedda Gabler (screenplay) - writer
- 1924: Die Schmetterlingsschlacht - writer
- 1922: Ihr schlechter Ruf - writer, actor
- 1921: Deines Bruders Weib - writer
- 1921: Die Hexe - writer
- 1921: Die Rächer - writer
- 1921: Lotte Lore - writer
- 1921: Was tat ich dir? - writer
- 1921: You Are the Life - writer
- 1921: Durch Liebe erlöst - writer
- 1921: Opfer der Liebe - writer
- 1920: Badebubi - writer
- 1920: Das Drama von Glossow - writer
- 1920: Auri Sacra Fames, 2. Teil - Das Testament eines Exzentrischen - writer, actor
- 1920: Auri Sacra Fames, 1. Teil - An der Liebe Narrenseil - writer, actor
- 1920: Themis - writer, actor
- 1919: Die da sterben, wenn sie lieben - writer
- 1918: Die Augen der Schwester - writer, actor
- 1918: Ihr Junge - writer, actor
- 1918: Die Filmkathi - writer, director, actor
- 1918: Der Trompeter von Säckingen - writer
- 1917: Die nicht lieben dürfen... - writer, director, actor
- 1917: Ihr laßt den Armen schuldig werden - writer, actor
- 1917: Die Erzkokette - writer, director, actor
- 1917: Der neueste Stern vom Variété - writer, director, actor
- 1917: Gräfin Maruschka - writer, director, actor
- 1916: Die Wäscher-Resl - writer, director, actor
- 1916: Das große Schweigen - writer
- 1915: Abgründe - writer
- 1911: Das Liebesglück der Blinden = The Happy Love of a Blind Girl (short) - writer
- 1921: Die Rächer - actor
- 1910: Das Geheimnis der Toten (short) - actor
- 1910: Wem gehört das Kind? = Who owns the child? (short) - actor
- 1909: Der Brief an den lieben Gott (short) - actor
- 1909: Die kleine Baroness (short) - actor
- 1909: Othello (short) - actor, as Emilia
- 1908: Funiculi Funicula (short) - actor
- 1906: Apachentanz (short) - actor
- 1906: Meißner Porzellan (short) - actor, as Dame
- 1920: Die List Einer Zigarettenmacherin = Wanda's Trick - director (as R. Portegg)
- 1918: Der nicht vom Weibe Geborene - director
- 1918: Der Dieb - director (as R. Portegg)
- 1917: Das Opfer der Yella Rogesius = The Victim of the Yella Rogesius - director (as R. Portegg)
- 1917: Das Teufelchen = The Devil - director (as Dr. R. Portegg)
- 1917: Die Landpomeranze = The Unwieldy Country Woman - director (as Dr. R. Portegg)
Works and publications
- Porten, Rosa. Die Filmprinzeß: Roman aus der Kino-Welt. = The Film Princess. Berlin: Eysler, 1919. OCLC 711795572
- Forster, Annette (April 13, 2011). "Doing Women's Film History Conference Programme - 8. Women's Film Historiography In and Out of the Archives: Rosa Porten in the Tradition of Asta Nielsen". Doing Womens Film History Conference, Women's Film History Network. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Hansch, Gabriele (1998). "Biographie Rosa Porten". f_films - female filmworkers in europe - Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Gaines, Jane M. (2007). "An Archive for the Future: Sad Songs of Nitrate: Women's Work in the Silent Film Archive". Camera Obscura. 22 (3 66): 171–178. doi:10.1215/02705346-2007-018.
- Forster, Annette (June 2014). "Il Dottor Portegg, Suppongo? Le Commedie di e con Rosa Porten = Dr. R. Portegg, I presume? Comedies by and with Rosa Porten". Cineteca di Bologna. Retrieved 20 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Rosa Porten - Filmography". filmportal.de at Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- "Filmographie Rosa Porten". f_films - female filmworkers in europe - Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- "Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Wien: FIAF Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Österreichisches Filmmuseum. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.