Erna Morena

Erna Morena

Additional Names: Ernestine Maria Fuchs (Geburtsname)
Darstellerin, Drehbuch, Produzent
*24.04.1885 Wörth am Main; †20.07.1962 München

Biography

Erna Morena was born Ernestine Maria Fuchs on April 24, 1885, in Wörth. At the age of 17, she began to study art history, ceramics and metal processing in Munich. She then went to Paris for several months before taking a job as a nurse in Strasbourg. But already soon after, she went to Berlin to work as nurse. There, Morena took actor"s training at Max Reinhardt"s from 1910 to 1911 and became a cast member of Deutsches Theater right after. Her first film was "Sphynx" by Eugen Illés in 1912/13. Illés was the director of all her films at Duskes-Filmgesellschaft, before Morena went to Messter-Film GmbH in 1914, where her films were distributed under the trademark of "Erna Morena Film Serie". Morena then went to PAGU where she played a highly praised part as a novice in Paul Leni"s drama "Prima Vera".


Critics praised Morena for her subtle play and for ability to lend an unexpected depth even to plain roles. Morena was married to Wilhelm Herzog, an editor and playwright, who also made up her pseudonym Erna Morena. In 1918, she found her own production company "Morena Film GmbH" but already had to shut down her business after two years due to the economic effects of the November Revolution.

Morena was most successful in Richard Oswald"s films like "Tagebuch einer Verlorenen" (The Diary of a Lost Woman), a film that became a classic drama. But Morena also proved her great acting abilities in comedies like "Manulescus Memoiren" (The Memories of Manolescu) or the satire "Kurfürstendamm" (both 1920). The journal "Film-Kurier" (Nr. 221/1920) described her performance in these movies as "sensous", "elegant", and "higly refined". But although Morena played further leading parts in major productions like Murnau"s "Der Gang in die Nacht" (The Dark Road, 1920) and Joe May"s "Das indische Grabmahl" (The Indian Tomb, 1921), her career began to fade in the mid-1920s. Despite the success of "Grand Hotel" (Hotel Boulevard, 1927) and "Somnambul" (The Somnambulist, 1929), Morena was only to be seen in minor parts of "matured women" after the advent of the sound film.
From the mid-1930s Morena withdrew from the film business and opened a boarding house for artists in Munich. She only appeared in two more movies: Morena played a small minor part in Vait Harlan"s "Jud Süss" (1940) and took her final leave from the film business in a film with the highly symbolic title "Unsterbliche Geliebte" (1950), also directed by Veit Harlan. Erna Morena died on July 20, 1962, in Munich.

Filmography

1950/1951 Unsterbliche Geliebte
Cast
 
1940 Jud Süß
Cast
 
1939 Der arme Millionär
Cast
 
1939 Fasching
Cast
 
1937/1938 Zwischen den Eltern
Cast
 
1935 Viktoria
Cast
 
1935 Pygmalion
Cast
 
1934 So endete eine Liebe
Cast
 
1934 Was bin ich ohne Dich
Cast
 
1934 Le chanson de l'adieu
Cast
 
1934 Abschiedswalzer. Zwei Frauen um Chopin
Cast
 
1933/1934 Zwischen zwei Herzen
Cast
 
1933/1934 Elisabeth und der Narr
Cast
 
1933 Drei Kaiserjäger
Cast
 
1933 Die vom Niederrhein
Cast
 
1933 Liebesfrühling
Cast
 
1932 Das erste Recht des Kindes
Cast
 
1932 Die elf Schill'schen Offiziere
Cast
 
1931/1932 Eine Nacht im Paradies
Cast
 
1930 Gigolo. Der schöne, arme Tanzleutnant
Cast
 
1930 Aschermittwoch
Cast
 
1929/1930 Scapa Flow
Cast
 
1929/1930 Der Liebesmarkt
Cast
 
1929 § 173 St.G.B. Blutschande
Cast
 
1929 Ich lebe für Dich
Cast
 
1929 Nachtlokal
Cast
 
1929 Jugendsünden
Cast
 
1929 Sensation im Wintergarten
Cast
 
1929 Der Sittenrichter (§ 218)
Cast
 
1929 Man schenkt sich Rosen, wenn man verliebt ist
Cast
 
1928/1929 Verirrte Jugend
Cast
 
1928 Rutschbahn
Cast
 
1928 Das Schicksal derer von Habsburg. Die Tragödie eines Kaiserreiches
Cast
 
1927/1928 Somnambul
Cast
 
1927 Das Mädchen aus Frisco
Cast
 
1927 Der Kampf des Donald Westhof
Cast
 
1927 Grand Hotel...!
Cast
 
1927 Das Recht zu leben
Cast
 
1927 Das Schicksal einer Nacht
Cast
 
1927 Man steigt nach
Cast
 
1927 So küßt nur eine Wienerin
Cast
 
1927 Louise von Coburg. Tragödie einer Königstochter
Cast
 
1927 Die rollende Kugel
Cast
 
1926 Man spielt nicht mit der Liebe
Cast
 
1926 Das Lebenslied
Cast
 
1926 Parkettsessel 47
Cast
 
1926 Das graue Haus
Cast
 
1926 Bismarck 1862 - 1898
Cast
 
1925 Der Abenteurer
Cast
 
1925 Die eiserne Braut
Cast
 
1925 Die vom Niederrhein. 2. Teil
Cast
 
1925 Bismarck. 1. Teil
Cast
 
1925 Götz von Berlichingen zubenannt mit der eisernen Hand
Cast
 
1925 Ein Lebenskünstler
Cast
 
1925 Die vom Niederrhein. 1. Teil
Cast
 
1924/1925 Wallensteins Macht
Cast
 
1924/1925 Wallensteins Tod
Cast
 
1924/1925 Heiratsschwindler
Cast
 
1924 Lilly spielt Willy
Cast
 
1924 Mutter und Kind
Cast
 
1924 So ist das Leben
Cast
 
1923/1924 Der Berg des Schicksals
Cast
 
1923 Wilhelm Tell
Cast
 
1923 Der Großindustrielle
Cast
 
1923 Glanz gegen Glück
Cast
 
1922/1923 Sanssouci
Cast
 
1922/1923 Schicksalswende
Cast
 
1922 Teufelssymphonie
Cast
 
1922 Der Graf von Essex
Cast
 
1922 Sodoms Ende
Cast
 
1922 Ein neues Leben
Cast
 
1921/1922 Vater und Sohn
Cast
 
1921/1922 Sturm und Drang
Cast
 
1921 Das indische Grabmal, Teil 2 - Der Tiger von Eschnapur
Cast
 
1921 Das indische Grabmal (2 Teile)
Cast
 
1921 Das indische Grabmal, Teil 1 - Die Sendung des Yoghi
Cast
 
1921 Lotte Lore
Cast
 
1921 Du bist das Leben
Cast
 
1920/1921 Die Verschwörung zu Genua
Cast
 
1920/1921 Die Liebschaften des Hektor Dalmore
Cast
 
1920/1921 Der Gang in die Nacht
Cast
 
1920 Manolescus Memoiren
Cast
 
1920 Algol
Cast
 
1920 Kurfürstendamm
Cast
 
1920 Die Lieblingsfrau des Maharadscha. 3. Teil
Cast
 
1920 Der Schädel der Pharaonentochter
Cast
 
1920 Von Morgens bis Mitternachts
Cast
 
1920 Taschendiebe
Cast
 
1920 Louise de Lavallière
Cast
 
1920 Das Schicksal des Edmund Hall
Cast, Producer
 
1919/1920 Die 999. Nacht
Cast
 
1919/1920 Nachtgestalten
Cast
 
1919 Nerven
Cast
 
1919 Ein schwaches Weib
Cast
 
1918 Colomba
Cast, Producer
 
1918 Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen
Cast
 
1918 Madame d'Ora
Cast, Screenplay, Producer
 
1917 Wer weiß?
Cast
 
1917 Lulu
Cast
 
1917 Prima vera
Cast
 
1917 Der Ring der Giuditta Foscari
Cast
 
1916 Das Geschick der Julia Tobaldi
Cast
 
1916 Die bleiche Renate
Cast
 
1916 Die Zwillingsschwestern
Cast
 
1916 Maria
Cast
 
1915/1916 Frau Eva
Cast
 
1915 Die weiße Rose
Cast
 
1915 Die Stunde der Vergeltung
Cast
 
1915 Der Spieler
Cast
 
1914 Exzentrische Launen
Cast
 
1913 Zwecklos geopfert
Cast
 
1912/1913 Du sollst Vater und Mutter ehren
Cast
 
1912/1913 Sphynx
Cast
 

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