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Volker Schlöndorff



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% 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
80% 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
  • Screenwriter
1999
38% 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
63% Homo Faber (Voyager)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Gathering of Old Men
  • Director
1991
23% 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
No Score Yet Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit)
  • Director
1981
79% The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1980
No Score Yet Le Coup de Grace (Der Fangschuß)
  • Director
1978
88% Germany in Autumn
  • Actor
1978
89% Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum)
  • Screenwriter
  • 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
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet Young Torless
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966
100% Young Toerless
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966

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