Bernhard Wicki

Bernhard Wicki

Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Produzent
*28.10.1919 St. Pölten, Österreich; †05.01.2000 München

Biography

Bernhard Wicki, born October 28, 1919 grew up in Vienna and joined "Bündische Jugend" at the age of twelve. In 1938, he graduated from high school in Bad Warmbrunn in Silesia. Wicki then attended drama school at Berlin's Staatliches Schauspiel. Because of his activities in the young painting class of the Dessau Bauhaus, Wicki was denounced and sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1938/39.

He was banned from going to Berlin and instead went to Vienna's Staatsakademie in 1939/40. Wicki appeared as an extra in the film "Der Postmeister" ("The Stationmaster") before he made his stage debut in 1940 in Schönbrunn. He also performed in Bremen and in Munich. In 1943, he landed a role at Salzburg Festival. From 1944 to 1950, he performed at theatres in Zürich and in Basel before he went to Munich's Staatstheater in 1950. In Munich, he also became a successful photographer.

In 1950, Wicki starred in Harald Braun's film "Der fallende Stern" ("The Falling Star"). And in 1953/54, he turned in a successful performance as a Yugoslavian partisan leader in Helmut Käutner's film "Die letzte Brücke" ("The Last Bridge"). Wicki then went on to become Käutner's assistant director for "Monpti" (1957). He made his directorial debut with the film "Warum sind sie gegen uns?" about the problem of teenage delinquents that won the German film award in 1959. Wicki then attracted international attention as the director of the multiple award-winning anti-war film "Die Brücke" ("The Bridge", 1959). He also directed the film "Das Wunder des Malachias" ("Miracle of Malachias"), a satire about the era of the "Wirtschaftswunder" years in Germany, that won the German film award in 1962, among other awards. Wicki also directed international productions, for instance, the German episodes of "The Longest Day" and the European co-production "Der Besuch" ("The Visit"), based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play.

In 1970, Wicki started to direct TV movies, including the film "Das falsche Gewicht" ("The False Weight"), based on Joseph Roth's novel. He won further German film awards for his films "Die Eroberung der Zitadelle" ("The Conquest of the Citadel") and "Die Grünstein-Variante". Wicki's last films as a director were the TV movie "Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund" based on the novel by Alfred Andersch and "Das Spinnennetz" ("Spider's Web") based on a novel by Joseph Roth. The film won the German film award in 1990, among other awards.

As an actor, Wicki appeared in films by Peter Schamoni, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Thomas Brasch, Andrzej Wajda, and Wim Wenders, among other directors, and often made hulking guest performances in the style of Orson Welles. Furthermore, Wicki worked as dubbing voice and director, and directed several theatre productions, for instance, at Vienna's Burgtheater. In 1977, he again performed at Salzburg Festival. In 1976, he was awarded with the honorary award "Filmband in Gold" for his continued outstanding individual contributions to the German film over the years.

Bernhard Wicki died January 5, 2000 in Munich.

Filmography

2006/2007 Verstörung - und eine Art von Poesie. Die Filmlegende Bernhard Wicki
Participation
 
1999 Kino Kino Extra: Porträt Bernhard Wicki
Participation
 
1994 Wilder Thymian
Cast
 
1993/1994 Prinzenbad
Cast
 
1993/1994 Der Schauspieler Ulrich Mühe
Cast
 
1992/1993 Das Geheimnis
Cast
 
1990/1991 Erfolg
Cast
 
1990 Ich über mich. Autobiographische Notizen von Bernhard Wicki
Participation
 
1989/1990 Martha und ich
Voice
 
1989/1990 Das Erbe der Guldenburgs
Cast
 
1989 Das Sonntagsgespräch: Bernhard Wicki
Participation
 
1988/1989 Bernhard Wicki: Regisseur
Participation
 
1987 Kinder wie die Zeit vergeht
Participation
 
1986-1989 Das Spinnennetz
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1986-1988/1989 Schauplatz "Spinnennetz"
Participation
 
1985/1986 Pattbergs Erbe
Cast
 
1985/1986 Killing Cars
Cast
 
1985-1987 Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund
Director, Screenplay
 
1985 Ich stelle mich
Participation
 
1985 Wicki liest Borchert - Monitor
Participation
 
1985 Kabelclub. Heute zu Gast: Bernhard Wicki
Participation
 
1984/1985 Marie Ward - Zwischen Galgen und Glorie
Cast
 
1984 Die Grünstein-Variante
Director, Screenplay
 
1984 Bernhard Wicki im Gespräch mit Rupert Neudeck
Participation
 
1983/1984 Eine Art von Zorn
Cast
 
1983/1984 Elf Jahre danach
Cast
 
1983/1984 Duell ohne Gnade
Cast
 
1983/1984 Paris, Texas
Cast
 
1983 Eine Liebe in Deutschland
Cast
 
1982/1983 Frühlingssinfonie
Cast
 
1982-1984 Das Ufer
Cast
 
1981/1982 Der geheimnisvolle Fremde
Cast
 
1981/1982 Max Haufler - »Der Stumme«
Participation
 
1981/1982 Domino
Cast
 
1981 Der Zigeuner
Cast
 
1980/1981 Im Schlaraffenland. Ein Roman unter feinen Leuten
Cast
 
1980 Zeuge Yurowski
Cast
 
1979/1980 Ende und Anfang
Cast
 
1979/1980 Death Watch - Der gekaufte Tod
Cast
 
1979 Alte Kameraden
Cast
 
1978/1979 Theodor Chindler
Cast
 
1978/1979 Lemminge. 1. Arkadien. - 2. Verletzungen
Cast
 
1978 Die Abenteuer des David Balfour
Cast
 
1978 Der Mann im Schilf
Cast
 
1977/1978 Eine Reise ins Licht - Despair
Cast
 
1977/1978 Die gläserne Zelle
Cast
 
1977 Die linkshändige Frau
Cast
 
1976/1977 Curd Jürgens - Der Filmstar, der vom Theater kam
Participation, Director, Screenplay, Interviews
 
1976/1977 Eine Nacht im Oktober
Cast
 
1976/1977 Glückssucher
Cast
 
1976 Mein Kind. Lieder von und mit Anja Hauptmann
Participation
 
1976 Drei Wege zum See
Cast
 
1975-1977 Die Eroberung der Zitadelle
Director, Screenplay, Co-Producer
 
1975 Frankensteins Spukschloß
Cast
 
1974 Je später der Abend
Participation
 
1973 Herr und Frau Brandes
Cast
 
1972 Die Krönung
Cast
 
1972 Toter gesucht
Cast
 
1970/1971 Das falsche Gewicht
Director, Screenplay
 
1970/1971 Carlos
Cast
 
1970/1971 Karpfs Karriere
Director
 
1969 Deine Zärtlichkeiten
Cast
 
1968 Graf Öderland
Cast
 
1968 Der Feldmarschall
Cast
 
1968 Affaire Dreyfus
Cast
 
1967 Der Paukenspieler. 4. EP: Die Träne
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Ostwind
Cast
 
1966/1967 Wilder Reiter GmbH
Cast
 
1965 Transit
Director, Screenplay
 
1964/1965 Morituri
Director
 
1963/1964 Der Besuch
Director
 
1963 Elf Jahre und ein Tag
Cast
 
1962/1963 Vacances portugaises
Cast
 
1962/1963 Erotica. Episode 4: Der Ehemann
Cast
 
1961/1962 The Longest Day
Director
 
1960/1961 Das Wunder des Malachias
Director, Screenplay
 
1960/1961 Die Nashörner
Cast
 
1960/1961 La notte
Cast
 
1960 Was haben wir von unserer Jugend zu erwarten?
Participation
 
1959/1960 Lampenfieber
Cast
 
1959 Die Brücke
Director, Screenplay
 
1958/1959 Frau im besten Mannesalter
Cast
 
1958 Frauensee
Cast
 
1958 Unruhige Nacht
Cast
 
1958 Warum sind sie gegen uns?
Director
 
1957/1958 La chatte
Cast
 
1957 Es wird alles wieder gut
Cast
 
1957 Monpti
Intern
 
1957 Madeleine und der Legionär
Cast
 
1956/1957 Die Zürcher Verlobung
Cast
 
1956/1957 Flucht in die Tropennacht
Cast
 
1956/1957 Königin Luise
Cast
 
1956 Tierarzt Dr. Vlimmen
Cast
 
1956 Weil du arm bist, mußt du früher sterben
Cast
 
1955/1956 Frucht ohne Liebe
Cast
 
1955 Du mein stilles Tal
Cast
 
1955 Rosen im Herbst
Cast
 
1955 Es geschah am 20. Juli
Cast
 
1954/1955 Kinder, Mütter und ein General
Cast
 
1954 Ewiger Walzer
Cast
 
1954 Die Mücke
Cast
 
1954 Das zweite Leben
Cast
 
1954 Gefangene der Liebe
Cast
 
1953/1954 Rummelplatz der Liebe
Cast
 
1953/1954 Die letzte Brücke
Cast
 
1953 Junges Herz voll Liebe
Cast
 
1950 Der fallende Stern
Cast
 
1939/1940 Der Postmeister
Cast