Thea von Harbou

Thea von Harbou (Döhlau, today Bavaria, 1888 – December , 1954) was a screenwriter film, actress and writer German

Biography

Prussian aristocratic origins, his first novel published in 1905 and 1906 made his debut as an actress in Düsseldorf.

Aachen met her first husband, actor and director Rudolf Klein-Rogge (1885-1955) with whom she was married between 1914 and 1920.

Between 1922-1933 was wife of the film director Fritz Lang, with whom he collaborated and wrote many of his films scripts. He was also a writer Carl Theodor Dreyer and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

In 1932, von Harbou joined the Nazi party. They divorced in 1933 despite being separated from 1931 to Lang relationship with actress Gerda Maurus.

Lang, opponent of Nazism, he emigrated to America before the regime banned the testament of the Dr Mabuse.

In 1934 he wrote and directed a film based on a novel by Gerhart Hauptmann called Hanneles Himmelfahrt and Elisabeth und der Narr and in 1937 the Der Herrscher directed by Veit Harlan with Emil Jannings, indent total support to the regime.

At the end of the Second World War, a brief period spent in prison.

After his release, he returned to cinema, working on synchronization of foreign films.

However, did not reach its previous success and his career ended in the early 1950s.

In 1954, his film was shown in Berlin Der Tod müde 1921 in tribute; exit films slipped and fall caused death days later.

[Edit] Filmography (partial)

As a screenwriter

* The testament of the dr. Mabuse-1933

* M, the vampire Düsseldorf – 1931

* Women on the Moon (1929)

* Faust (1926)

* Metropolis – 1927

* Nibelungenlied(The death of Siegfried) – 1924

* Nibelungenlied (Krimilda revenge)-(1924)

* The doctor Mabuse 1922

* The three lights (1921)

Bibliography

* Thea von Harbou: Metropolis – Der Roman Fritz Langs Film zu, Ullstein, Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Wien, 1978, ISBN 3-548-03394-6

* Karin Bruns: Kinomythen 1920-1945. Die Filmentwürfe der Thea von Harbou. Metzler, Stuttgart und Weimar 1995, ISBN 3-476-01278-6.

* Karin Bruns: Talking Film. Writing Skills and Film Aesthetics in the Work of Thea von Harbou. In: Christiane Schönfeld, Carmel Finnan (Hg.): Practicing Modernity. Female Creativity in the Weimar Republic. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2006; ISBN: 978-3-8260-3241-7, S. 139-152.

* Ernst Gortner: Schattenmund. Die kinematographischen Visionen der Gabriele Thea von Harbou. In: Bernd Flessner (ed.): Visionäre aus Franken. Sechs phantastische Biographien. Schmidt, Neustadt an der Aisch 2000; ISBN 3-87707-542-8, S. 65-99.

* Andre Kagelmann: Der Krieg und die Frau. Thea von Harbous Erzählwerk zum Ersten Weltkrieg. Kassel: Media NET-Edition 2009. (zugl.) Diss. Univ. (zu Köln 2008.)ISBN 978-3-939988-04-5

* Reinhold Keiner: Vergessene Drehbucharbeiten (1944): Das Leben geht weiter. In: http://thea-von-harbou.de v. 5. April 2007.

* Reinhold Keiner: Thea von Harbou der deutsche Film und bis 1933. Hildesheim per Olms 1984, ISBN 3-487-07467-2 (= Studien zur Filmgeschichte.) Bd. 2).

* Ernst Klee: Thea von Harbou. In: Derselbe: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5.

* Anna Maria Sigmund: Thea von Harbou . Die Königin der NS-Drehbücher. 27 Dezember 1888 – 2. Juli 1954. In: Dieselbe: Die Frauen der Nazis. Die drei Bestseller vollständig in einem band aktualisiert. Heyne, München 2005, ISBN 3-453-87317-3, S. 865-924.