Helmut Bergmann

Helmut Bergmann

Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera
*15.02.1926 Niederkaina (Bautzen); †15.03.1998 Potsdam

Biography

Helmut Bergmann, born February 15, 1926, in Niederkaina, as the son of a family of craftsmen became a prisoner of war at the end of World War II. After the end of the war, he lived in West Germany for two years before he relocated to East Germany in 1947.

His five-year older brother already worked as a cinematographer for DEFA. In 1949, Bergmann became his assistant. Soon, he also worked as an assistant for other cinematographers and directors, mainly in the departments of didactic and educational films as well as for popular scientific films.

In 1951, Bergmann made his debut as an autonomous cinematographer for the short documentary film "Unsere Stahlwerker aus Riesa". During the following years, Bergmann repeatedly collaborated with director Wolfgang Bartsch, for instance, for the documentary film "In Flammen geboren" (1957), a visually unconventional and impressive film about work in a Brandenburg steel mill. Because of its lack of pathos, the authorities accused Bartsch’s and Bergmann’s film of "lack of partisanship for the working class". Together with Heiner Carow, Bergmann filmed the short documentary film "Martins Tagebuch" about a school boy whose deteriorating achievements are directly related to the pressure applied by Martin’s parents. DEFA’s executive distorted the film’s message by several alteration requirements. Nevertheless, the film won an award at Dokumentarfilmfestival Leipzig.

In the mid-1950s, Bergmann went to DEFA-Spielfilmstudio where he debuted alongside his brother as the co-cinematographer of Slatan Dudow’s satirical film "Der Hauptmann von Köln" ("The Captain from Cologne", 1956). During the following years, he was involved as a cinematographer in numerous DEFA productions. Besides, he also worked as a lecturer for cinematography and as a technical consultant for the Cinema High Institute in Cairo, Egypt, from 1964 to 1967.

Bergmann repeatedly worked with well-known DEFA directors and was the cinematographer for Slatan Dudow’s "Christine", for Heiner Carow’s "Sie nannten ihn Amigo", for "Ulzana", directed by Gottfried Kolditz, and for Horst Seemann’s "Zeit zu leben" ("Time to Live"), among other films. He closely collaborated with Helmut Dziuba, a specialist for contemporary drama films, in particular. Until 1991, he filmed eight films by Dziuba, including "Erscheinen Pflicht".

After the liquidation of DEFA in 1991, Bergmann withdrew from the film business and ended his career as a cinematographer. On March 15, 1998, Helmut Bergmann died in Potsdam after a long illness.

Filmography

1991/1992 Jana und Jan
Director of photography
 
1990/1991 Olle Hexe
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1989/1990 Verbotene Liebe
Director of photography
 
1988/1989 Zwei schräge Vögel
Director of photography
 
1986/1987 Liane
Director of photography
 
1985/1986 Jan auf der Zille
Director of photography
 
1983/1984 Erscheinen Pflicht
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Automärchen
Director of photography
 
1981/1982 Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre
Director of photography
 
1980 Als Unku Edes Freundin war...
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Radiokiller
Director of photography
 
1978/1979 Chiffriert an Chef - Ausfall Nr. 5
Director of photography
 
1978 Ich - dann eine Weile nichts
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Ich will euch sehen
Director of photography
 
1976 Kinosommer 1976 - Hänsel und Gretel
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Die Forelle
Director of photography
 
1975 Im Schlaraffenland
Director of photography
 
1974 Visa für Ocantros
Director of photography
 
1973/1974 Ulzana
Director of photography
 
1973 Apachen
Director of photography
 
1973 Freiwillige Feuerwehr 1973
Director of photography
 
1971/1972 Reife Kirschen
Director of photography
 
1971 Start
Director of photography
 
1971 Liebeserklärung an G. T.
Director of photography
 
1969/1970 Aus unserer Zeit. EP 2: Das Duell
Director of photography
 
1969 Zeit zu leben
Director of photography
 
1968 Mohr und die Raben von London
Director of photography
 
1963 Lucie und der Angler von Paris
Director of photography
 
1963 Sonntagsfahrer
Director of photography
 
1963 Christine
Director of photography
 
1962 Rotkäppchen
Director of photography
 
1961 Die gleiche Strecke
Director of photography
 
1960/1961 Italienisches Capriccio
Director of photography
 
1960 Alwin der Letzte
Director of photography
 
1959 Brücke zwischen gestern und morgen
Director of photography
 
1958/1959 Verwirrung der Liebe
Director of photography
 
1958/1959 Sie nannten ihn Amigo
Director of photography
 
1958 Auf dem Bahnhof von Morgen
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1958 Kreißsaal - Eintritt verboten!
Director of photography
 
1958 Lustiges Volk aus Papier und Stoff
Director of photography
 
1958 3 von 1000 Möglichkeiten
Director, Director of photography
 
1957 Flieger von morgen
Director of photography
 
1957 In Flammen geboren
Director of photography
 
1956 Der Hauptmann von Köln
Director of photography
 
1956 Vom Lebensweg des Jazz
Director of photography
 
1955/1956 Martins Tagebuch
Director of photography
 
1955/1956 Im Dienste der Menschheit
Director of photography
 
1955 Gebirge und Meer
Director of photography
 
1955 Junge Naturforscher
Director of photography
 
1954 Forschen und Schaffen. Folge VI
Director of photography
 
1954 Die Wette gilt
Director of photography
 
1953/1954 Sanssouci
Director of photography
 
1953 Forschen und Schaffen. Folge IV
Director of photography
 
1953 Forschen und Schaffen. Folge II
Director of photography
 
1953 Ein Schritt weiter
Director of photography
 
1953 Anlegen von Kochstellen
Director of photography
 
1953 Zeltbau
Director of photography
 
1952/1953 Winterurlaub mit dem FDGB
Director of photography
 
1952 Wege zur Steigerung der Bodenfruchtbarkeit
Director of photography
 
1951/1952 Großbaustelle Röntgenwerk
Director of photography
 
1951 Unsere Stahlwerker aus Riesa
Director of photography
 

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