Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff

  • Highest Rated: 100% Death of a Salesman (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
  • Birthday: Mar 31, 1939
  • Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
  • Acclaimed German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff was educated at Paris' Lycee Henry IV and the Sorbonne; he majored in political science and economics. While still in Paris, Schlöndorff studied directing at the highly regarded IDHEC film school. He worked in France for four years as an assistant director, then made his directorial bow with 1966's Young Torless. Set in an exclusive boys school, the film was designed as a parable concerning the unprotested rise of Nazism; it won the critics prize at the Cannes Festival, and its box office success helped open career doors for many other "New German Cinema" directors, among them Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. Schlöndorff formed a partnership in the late '60s with a consortium of German TV stations which underwrote many of his subsequent projects. One of the more successful of these projects was The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975), the scorching tale of a young woman driven to drastic measures as the result of the wrongful scrutiny and societal condemnation leveled at her after her one-night stand with a mysterious man. In 1979, Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum, an adaptation of Gunter Grass' allegorical tale of a young boy who refuses to grow up mentally or physically as a reaction to the horrors of war, won a number of honors, including the Golden Palm at Cannes and the Best Foreign Film Oscar. The director made his American debut with the 1985 televised adaptation of Death of a Salesman, which starred Dustin Hoffman. 1990's The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's terrifying future dystopia, provided one of Schlöndorff's greatest international successes. His subsequent work throughout the '90s was sporadic, with 1998's Palmetto earning widespread critical lambast.Schlöndorff has often worked in collaboration with his ex-wife, actress/writer/director Margarethe Von Trotta, on such films as The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum.

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50% Return to Montauk Producer Director Screenwriter 2017
94% Diplomacy Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet Baal Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen (From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses) Actor 2014
No Score Yet La mer à l'aube (Calm at Sea) Screenwriter Director 2012
No Score Yet Ulzhan Director 2007
87% Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) Director 2007
No Score Yet Billy Wilder Speaks Actor 2006
77% The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) Director 2005
No Score Yet Ten Minutes Older Director 2002
80% Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita) Director Screenwriter 2000
89% Der Unhold (The Ogre) Director 1999
39% Palmetto Director 1997
No Score Yet Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt (I Don't Just Want You to Love Me) Actor 1993
56% Homo Faber (Voyager) Director 1991
29% The Handmaid's Tale Director 1990
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou) Director 1987
No Score Yet Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman' Actor 1985
100% Death of a Salesman Director 1985
No Score Yet Hands Up! (Rece do góry) Actor 1985
No Score Yet Swann in Love Director 1984
100% Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) Director 1981
82% The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) Director Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Le Coup de Grace (Der Fangschuß) Director 1978
88% Germany in Autumn Director Actor 1978
82% Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) Director 1975
No Score Yet Sudden Wealth Of The Poor People Of Kombach Producer Screenwriter Director 1971
No Score Yet Degree of Murder (Mord und Totschlag) Director 1967
No Score Yet Young Torless (Der junge Törless) Screenwriter Director 1966
100% Young Toerless Screenwriter Director 1966


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