Evelyn Carow

Evelyn Carow

Schnitt
*17.12.1931 Berlin

Biography

Evelyn Carow, born 1931 in Berlin, started an apprenticeship in a film laboratory in 1949. In 1952, she became an assistant film editor at DEFA-Studio Babelsberg and was involved in the production of corporate education films. From September 1952 on, she worked in the DEFA-Studio for popular scientific films where she met Heiner Carow. The couple married in 1954.

After a period as an assistant of well-known film editor Putty E. Krafft, Carow who had been sponsored as the youngest member of the studio made her exam as a film editor in late 1953. She then worked as a film editor for the DEFA-Studio for popular scientific films. But in mid-1956, director Gerhard Klein brought her to DEFA-Spielfilmstudio after Klein had seen the short documentary film "Anziehendes" (1955) that Carow had edited in an experimental style.

After changing from popular scientific to feature films, Evelyn Carow became one of the most important film editors of GDR cinema. Her first feature film, "Berlin Ecke Schönhauser" ("Berlin – Schönhauser Corner", 1957), directed by Gerhard Klein, was already considered to be among the most important DEFA films of all time, in particular because of its editing. During the course of her career, Carow closely collaborated with directors such as Konrad Wolf and Frank Beyer. With her love for experiments and keen sense for a film’s rhythm, Carow significantly influenced classic DEFA films like Beyer’s "Fünf Patronenhülsen" ("Five Cartridges", 1960), Wolf’s "Ich war neunzehn" ("I Was Nineteen", 1968), or Klein’s anti-fascist masterpiece "Der Fall Gleiwitz" ("The Gleiwitz Case", 1961).

From 1955 on, Carow edited all of the films of her husband Heiner Carow, including such classics as "Die Legende von Paul und Paula" ("The Legend of Paul and Paula", 1973), one of the most successful DEFA films of all time. In 1980, she was awarded with the German Democratic Republic’s National Film Award for her work for "Sabine Wulff", "Solo Sunny", and "Bis daß der Tod uns scheidet" ("Until Death Do Us Part"). Furthermore, she won the Heinrich Greif prize for her artistic achievements in 1985.

Despite her artistic rank, Evelyn Carow was repeatedly involved in films that interfered with GDR censors. The films "Berlin um die Ecke" (1955) and "Spur der Steine" ("Traces of Stones", 1965), for instance, were banned for their critical stance, while the experimental montage of "Die Russen kommen" ("The Russians Are Coming", 1968) had to be completely re-edited after it had been entirely mutilated and fragmented by the authorities. The dark anti-war film was not released on the movie screen until 20 years later and promptly won a German Democratic Republic’s National Award.

The liquidation of DEFA in 1991 also ended Evelyn Carow’s career in the film business. In 2005, she received the honorary award "Schnitt Preis" for her lifetime achievements at Film +, a forum for film editing and the art of film montage.

Evelyn Carow lives in Potsdam.

Filmography

1992/1993 Inge, April und Mai
Editing
 
1991/1992 Miraculi
Editing
 
1991/1992 Verfehlung
Editing
 
1990/1991 Der Straß
Editing
 
1988/1989 Coming out
Editing
 
1988/1989 Treffen in Travers
Editing
 
1987/1988 Das Herz des Piraten
Editing
 
1986/1987 Käthe Kollwitz - Bilder eines Lebens
Editing
 
1985/1986 So viele Träume
Editing
 
1984/1985 Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns
Editing
 
1983/1984 Wo andere schweigen
Editing
 
1982/1983 Olle Henry
Editing
 
1981/1982 1935 oder Das Faß der Pandora
Editing
 
1980/1981 Pugowitza
Editing
 
1979/1980 Die Stunde der Töchter
Editing
 
1978-1980 Solo Sunny
Editing
 
1978 Sabine Wulff
Editing
 
1977/1978 Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet
Editing
 
1977/1978 Eine Handvoll Hoffnung
Editing
 
1976/1977 Mama, ich lebe
Editing
 
1975/1976 Das Licht auf dem Galgen
Editing
 
1974/1975 Ikarus
Editing
 
1973/1974 Johannes Kepler
Editing
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Editing
 
1972/1973 Die Legende von Paul und Paula
Editing
 
1971/1972 Leichensache Zernik
Editing
 
1970 Netzwerk
Editing
 
1968/1987 Die Russen kommen
Editing
 
1968-1971 Karriere
Editing
 
1967/1968 Ich war neunzehn
Editing
 
1967/1968 Treffpunkt Genf
Editing
 
1966/1967 Kaule
Editing
 
1966/1967 Geschichten jener Nacht. EP 4: Der große und der kleine Willi
Editing
 
1965/1990 Berlin um die Ecke
Editing
 
1965 Jeder hat seine Geschichte
Editing
 
1963 Sonntagsfahrer
Editing
 
1960/1961 Der Fall Gleiwitz
Editing
 
1960/1961 Ein Sommertag macht keine Liebe
Editing
 
1959/1960 Fünf Patronenhülsen
Editing
 
1959 Spuk in Villa Sonnenschein
Editing
 
1958/1959 Eine alte Liebe
Editing
 
1958 Die Geschichte vom armen Hassan
Editing
 
1957/1958 Tatort Berlin
Editing
 
1956/1957 Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser
Editing
 
1956 Wald und Wild
Editing
 
1956 Harzreise in unseren Tagen
Editing
 
1956 Wenn Jan und Lenka Hochzeit machen
Editing
 
1955/1956 Martins Tagebuch
Editing
 
1955/1956 Wasser vom Bodewerk
Editing
 
1955 Anziehendes
Editing
 
1955 Wohnkultur
Editing
 
1954/1955 Stadt an der Küste
Editing
 
1954/1955 Osterzeit im Sorbenland
Editing
 
1954 Helfer für alle
Editing
 
1953/1954 Vogelzugforschung auf Hiddensee
Editing
 
1953/1954 Spitzenzeit - Sparsamkeit
Editing
 
1953 Ein Schritt weiter
Editing
 
1953 Kapitäne von Morgen
Editing
 

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