Tobis Film

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Tobis Film was a German film production and film distribution company. Founded in the late 1920s as a merger of several companies involved in the switch from silent to sound films the organisation emerged as a leading German studio.[1] Some Tobis films were released in Germany by the subsidiary Europa Film.

During the Nazi era it was one of the four major film companies along with Terra Film, Bavaria Film and UFA. In 1942 all these companies were merged into a single state-controlled industry bringing an end to Tobis' independent existence. Nonetheless, films continued to be released under the Tobis banner.

International operations[edit]

From 1933 until 1938 Tobis controlled the dominant Austrian producer Sascha-Film which was known as Tobis-Sascha. From 1932 it also owned a majority share of one of the main Portuguese producers known as Tobis Portuguesa, a name which the company kept even after the German participation was terminated at the end of world War II.

Tobis established a Paris subsidiary and produced French-language film at the Epinay Studios during the 1930s. Among the directors under contract to the company was René Clair who produced the films Under the Roofs of Paris and Le Million during the early sound era.


One of the studio's employees Horst Wendlandt later (1971) founded a new distribution company which is also known as Tobis.[2] In 2016, the present-day Tobis became an investor in Globalgate Entertainment.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Kreimeier p.179
  2. ^ Bergfelder p.439


  • Bergfelder, Tim. International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions in the 1960s. Berhahn Books, 2005.
  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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