Harald Braun

Harald Braun

Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Musik, Produzent, Aufnahmeleitung
*24.04.1901 Berlin; †24.09.1960 Xanten

Biography

Harald Braun was born April 24, 1901, in Berlin. He studied German language and literature, art history, and philosophy in Freiburg and Berlin and received his PhD in 1922.

Subsequently, he worked as a tradesman and at the Protestant Adult Education Scheme. Later on, he became head of the literature departement of the German Protestant church's press association. In 1924, he founded "Eckart", a magazine for literature. Furthermore, he worked as an editor and publisher at the Scherl publishing company. In 1932, he started to work for the radio station Berliner Rundfunk.

In 1937, Braun was hired by the Ufa Film Company, where he served as an assistant to director Carl Froehlich. Their credits include movies such as "Das Herz der Königin" (1940). In 1942, Braun made his debut as a director with "Zwischen Himmel und Erde". This movie was followed by "Hab' mich lieb!" (1942), starring Marika Rökk, and the Schumann biopic "Träumerei" (1944).

After the end of World War II, Braun was appointed director of the Heidelberger Kammerspiele. Later, he got employed by Radio Munich where directed radio plays. In 1947, Erich Pommer granted him the concession to establish the film production company "Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft" alongside the writer Jacob Geis. His first post-war movie was "Zwischen gestern und morgen" (1947). "Nachtwache" (1949), however, was by far more successful. The movie describes how a female doctor whose daughter has died during the war regains her faith in God.

Subsequently, Braun directed further drama movies depicting ethical issues, including "Der fallende Stern" ("The Falling Star", 1950) and "Herz der Welt" ("No Greater Love", 1952), a film about the life of the pacifist Bertha von Suttner. "Herz der Welt" won numerous awards, including the German Film Award. Furthermore, Braun adapted several high-quality novels such as Thomas Mann's "Königliche Hoheit" ("His Royal Highness", 1953) and Gottfried Keller's novella "Regine" (1956). He also worked as a co-writer on Alfred Weidenmann's "Buddenbrooks" adaptation.

In 1957, Harald Braun produced Helmut Käutner's successful film "Monpti". In the same year, Braun, Käutner, and Wolfgang Staudte established the production company Freie Filmproduktion GmbH. However, Käutner's "Der Rest ist Schweigen" ("The Rest Is Silence") remained the only movie they produced.

Before Braun became a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts in 1955, he served as vice-chairman of the Board of German Film Directors. He died on September 24, 1960, in Xanten.

Filmography

1960 Die Botschafterin
Director, Screenplay
 
1960 Kirmes
Producer
 
1959/1963 Buddenbrooks (einteilig)
Screenplay
 
1959 Buddenbrooks (Teil II)
Screenplay
 
1959 Buddenbrooks (Teil I)
Screenplay
 
1959 O Wildnis
Director, Screenplay
 
1959 Der Rest ist Schweigen
Producer
 
1958 Glasmenagerie
Director, Screenplay
 
1957/1958 Das gab's nur einmal
Participation
 
1957 Eurydice
Director, Screenplay
 
1957 Der gläserne Turm
Director, Screenplay, Co-author
 
1957 Monpti
Producer
 
1956/1957 Herrscher ohne Krone
Director
 
1955/1956 Regine
Director, Producer
 
1955 Himmel ohne Sterne
Producer
 
1955 Griff nach den Sternen
Producer
 
1955 Der letzte Mann
Director
 
1955 Mädchen ohne Grenzen
Producer
 
1954/1955 Geliebte Feindin
Producer
 
1954 Der letzte Sommer
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1954 Feuerwerk
Producer
 
1953 Königliche Hoheit
Director
 
1953 Muß man sich gleich scheiden lassen?
Producer
 
1953 So lange Du da bist
Director, Producer
 
1953 Fanfaren der Ehe
Producer
 
1952 Der Weibertausch
Producer
 
1952 Vater braucht eine Frau
Director, Producer
 
1951/1952 Nachts auf den Straßen
Co-Producer
 
1951/1952 Herz der Welt
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1951 Fanfaren der Liebe
Producer
 
1950 Der fallende Stern
Director, Screenplay
 
1950 Der Mann, der zweimal leben wollte
Screenplay
 
1949 Nachtwache
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1949 Heimliches Rendezvous
Producer
 
1948 Das verlorene Gesicht
Screenplay, Producer
 
1947 Zwischen gestern und morgen
Director, Screenplay
 
1944/1945 Der stumme Gast
Director, Screenplay
 
1943/1944 Träumerei
Director, Screenplay
 
1943 Nora
Director, Screenplay
 
1942 Hab' mich lieb!
Director
 
1941/1942 Zwischen Himmel und Erde
Director, Screenplay
 
1940/1941 Der Weg ins Freie
based on, Lyrics
 
1939/1940 Das Herz der Königin
Assistant director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1939 Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht
Assistant director, Production assistant
 
1938 Die vier Gesellen
Assistant director
 
1938 Heimat
Assistant director, Screenplay
 
1937/1938 Die Umwege des schönen Karl
Assistant director, Screenplay
 

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