Günter Haubold

Günter Haubold

Drehbuch, Kamera
*30.08.1926 Freiberg (Sachsen); †22.12.1999 Berlin

Biography

Günter Haubold was born August 30, 1926, in Freiberg, Saxony. After an apprenticeship as a fiscal aide, he entered the film business in the early 1950s and took over the post of assistant camera operator at DEFA. His teachers at DEFA included Karl Plintzner, among others, one of the most prominent cinematographers in Babelsberg at the time. After several years as assistant camera operator, for instance, for Gerhard Klein"s film "Eine Berliner Romanze" (1956), Haubold worked as a cinematographer in his own right from 1959 on.

During the following three next decades, Günter Haubold became one of the most important cinematographers of DEFA film production. At the beginning of his career, in particular, he was leaning towards the camera style of the 1920s. But his abilities were not restricted to the sparse realism of his images for Ralf Kirsten"s film "Steinzeit-Ballade" (1960), a film about the fight for survival by Berlin rubble women. He also managed to create opulent images for political period films like the semi-documentary two-part movie "Die gefrorenen Blitze" ("Frozen Flashes", 1967) about the Nazi attempt to build rockets in Peenemünde. For the film, Haubold used the Scope format for the first time. The same counts for the drama "KLK an PTX – Die rote Kapelle" ("KLK Calling PTX – The Red Orchestra", 1971) about the Third Reich resistance group of the same name. Haubold shot the film on 70 mm film.


Further movie productions with Günter Haubold at the helm as the cinematographer include the comedies "Nelken in Aspik" (1976) and "Anton der Zauberer" ("Anton the Magician", 1978), both directed by Günter Reisch, the award-winning, chamber-play like love story "Ein April hat 30 Tage" ("April Has 30 Days", 1979), or the semi-documentary ensemble film "Alle meine Mädchen" (1979) that saw Haubold also as a co-screenplay writer.

During the 1980s, he increasingly collaborated with younger directors and, for instance, worked with director Karl-Heinz Lotz for the film "Junge Leute in der Stadt" (1985), a portrait of Berlin in 1929, and with director Michael Kann for the film "Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn…" (1987). The film tells the story of an avid member of Hitler youth who has to learn that he is half-Jew. Furthermore, Günther Haubold taught as a lecturer at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

Simultaneously to his productions for DEFA, Haubold repeatedly filmed TV movies. He, for instance, was in charge of cinematography for the film version of Stephan Hermlin"s story "Der Leutnant Yorck von Wartenburg" (1981) about the resistance fighter against the Third Reich of the same name and for the film "Die erste Reihe" (1987) that also dealt with the lives of opponents to the Nazi regime.

Günter Haubold‘s last film as a cinematographer was "Der kleine Herr Friedemann" (1990), directed by Peter Vogel. In 1991, Günter Haubold left DEFA. Until his death, he lived with his family in Kleinmachnow near Berlin. On December 22, 1999, Günter Haubold died of cancer in Berlin.

Filmography

1990 Der kleine Herr Friedemann
Director of photography
 
1989 Selbstversuch
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1988/1989 Der Magdalenenbaum
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1987/1988 Mensch, mein Papa...!
Director of photography
 
1987 Die erste Reihe. Bilder aus dem Berliner Widerstand
Director of photography
 
1985/1986 Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn...
Director of photography
 
1984/1985 Junge Leute in der Stadt
Director of photography
 
1983/1984 Wo andere schweigen
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fußball?
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Schwierig sich zu verloben
Director of photography
 
1981 Wäre die Erde nicht rund
Scenario, Director of photography
 
1981 Der Leutnant Yorck von Wartenburg
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Alle meine Mädchen
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1978/1979 Ein April hat 30 Tage
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Anton der Zauberer
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Nelken in Aspik
Director of photography
 
1974/1975 Zwischen Nacht und Tag
Director of photography
 
1973 Eva und Adam oder Drum prüfe!
Director of photography
 
1972/1973 Eva und Adam oder Wieviel Sterne hat der Himmel
Director of photography
 
1972 Eva und Adam oder Privat nach Vereinbarung
Director of photography
 
1971/1972 Eva und Adam oder Gefechte mit Napoleon
Director of photography
 
1970/1971 KLK an PTX - Die Rote Kapelle
Director of photography
 
1969/1970 Im Spannungsfeld
Director of photography
 
1968 Die Toten bleiben jung
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1967 Die Heiden von Kummerow und ihre lustigen Streiche
Director of photography
 
1967 Turlis Abenteuer
Director of photography
 
1966/1967 Die gefrorenen Blitze
Director of photography
 
1964 Das Lied vom Trompeter
Director of photography
 
1963/1964 Geliebte weiße Maus
Director of photography
 
1963/1964 Preludio 11
Director of photography
 
1963 Der Tanzlehrling
Director of photography
 
1962/1963 An französischen Kaminen
Director of photography
 
1961/1962 Freispruch mangels Beweises
Director of photography
 
1961/1962 Wenn Du zu mir hältst
Director of photography
 
1961 Mongolia
Director of photography
 
1960/1961 Steinzeitballade
Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Der neue Fimmel
Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Der Fall Haarmann
Director of photography
 
1959 Kabale und Liebe
Director of photography
 
1959 Erich Kubak
Director of photography
 
1958 Ohm contra Watt
Assistant camera
 
1957/1958 Jahrgang 21
Assistant camera
 
1955/1956 Eine Berliner Romanze
Assistant camera
 

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