Helmuth Ashley

Helmuth Ashley

Additional Names: Helmuth Fischer-Ashley (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera
*17.09.1919 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Helmut Fischer-Ashley was born September 17, 1919, in Vienna. While still attending secondary school, he first came into contact with the visual media when he started working as an assistant to the fashion photographer Kitty Hoffmann. From 1934 until 1938, he was trained as a photographer at the Vienna School of Graphics. Subsequently, he worked as a portrait photographer in Berlin. In 1939, he was called up by the military, where he was trained as an aerial photographer. After he had joined the German military campaign in France, he stayed at a unit in France and opened a cinema in the Normandy.

In 1941, Ashley got trained as a war correspondent in Berlin – the start of a fast-paced career as war correspondent and cameraman at the German Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. He flew countless sorties, shot footage for the documentary "Luftwaffe Westen", and was promoted lieutenant. At the end of 1942, his military career ended due to a politically motivated denunciation of his father. Helmut Ashley was discharged from the military as "politically untrustworthy".

Until the beginning of 1945, Ashley hired out as a camera assistant at the Berlin Film Company, where he worked on popular movies such as "Die Zaubergeige". A case of paralysis caused by diphtheria forced Ashley to quit this job and return to Vienna. After the end of World War II, he worked as a print journalist for Paul Hörbiger's newspaper "Neues Österreich", and eventually as a reporter for the British-American "Wochenschau" newsreel.

Towards the end of the 1940s, he resumed work as a camera operator. In 1950, he returned to Germany, where he worked as chief cameraman for directors such as Helmut Käutner, Georg Tressler, Rudolf Jugert, and Alfred Weidenmann. Over the years, he became one of Germany's most sought-after and highest paid cameramen. However, Ashley did not take every job he was offered. He refused to work on shallow comedies and specialized in movies depicting rather serious issues.

In 1960, Helmut Ashley made his debut as a director: Heinz Rühmann, whom he had met during the shooting of Robert Siodmak's "Mein Schulfreund" ("My School Chum"), engaged him to direct the crime movie "Das schwarze Schaf". Even though the film became a huge hit at the box office, Ashley worked almost solely for the television during the following decades, mainly for the TV station ZDF. Until 2005, he directed several episodes of the crime series "Der Alte" ("The Old Fox") and "Derrick", as well as TV movies such as "Nachtzug D 106" and "Tamara Bunke".

Helmut Ashley is married for the third time. He lives alternately in Munich and Tyrol.

Filmography

2000/2001 Ich töte dich
Director
 
1999 Tod eines Polizisten
Director
 
1998/1999 Drei Schüsse ins Herz
Director
 
1998 Der Tod ist nur ein Augenblick
Director
 
1997 Pornochio oder zerbrochene Geige
Director
 
1997 Meine Rache ist der Tod
Director
 
1997 Hölle im Kopf
Director
 
1996 Mordecho
Director
 
1996 Ruth und die Mörderwelt
Director
 
1995/1996 Die Tat
Director
 
1995 Mitternachtssolo
Director
 
1995 Die Ungerührtheit der Mörder
Director
 
1995 Dein Bruder, der Mörder
Director
 
1994 Das Floß
Director
 
1993/1994 Nachts, als sie nach Hause lief
Director
 
1993 Nachtvorstellung
Director
 
1993 Nach acht langen Jahren
Director
 
1992 Kein teurer Toter
Director
 
1992 Ein merkwürdiger Privatdetektiv
Director
 
1992 Das Foto
Director
 
1992 Eine eiskalte Nummer
Director
 
1992 Tödliche Beziehungen
Director
 
1992 Langsamer Walzer
Director
 
1991/1992 Mord im Treppenhaus
Director
 
1991 Isoldes tote Freunde
Director
 
1991 Der Schrei
Director
 
1991 Der verlorene Sieg
Director
 
1990/1991 Wer bist Du, Vater?
Director
 
1990 Liebe und Tod
Director
 
1990 Der leise Tod
Director
 
1990 Ein Schuß zu wenig
Director
 
1989 Der Augenblick der Rache
Director
 
1989 Ein kleiner Gauner
Director
 
1989 Die Kälte des Lebens
Director
 
1988 Ein unaufhaltsames Ende
Director
 
1988 Mord inklusive
Director
 
1988 Die Stimme
Director
 
1987 Nur Ärger mit dem Mann aus Rom
Director
 
1986 Die Dame aus Amsterdam
Director
 
1984 Danger - Keine Zeit zum Sterben
Director, Screenplay
 
1983 Manuelas Pflegerin
Director
 
1983 Die Verführung
Director
 
1983 Alleingang
Director
 
1983 Trotzkopf
Director
 
1982/1983 Der Täter schickte Blumen
Director
 
1982 Via Genua
Director
 
1982 Die Beute
Director
 
1982 Eine Frau ist verschwunden
Director
 
1981 Nachts in einem fremden Haus
Director
 
1981 Tod eines Italieners
Director
 
1981 Die Schwester
Director
 
1980 Am Abgrund
Director
 
1980 Der Kanal
Director
 
1980 Eine Rechnung geht nicht auf
Director
 
1980 Vertrauensstellung
Director
 
1980 Bruderliebe
Director
 
1980 Ein tödlicher Preis
Director
 
1980 Unstillbarer Hunger
Director
 
1979 Illusionen über einen Mord
Director
 
1979 Ein Parasit
Director
 
1979 Ein Kongreß in Berlin
Director
 
1979 Besuch aus New York
Director
 
1979 Neue Sachlichkeit
Director
 
1978 Der L-Faktor
Director
 
1978 Ute und Manuela
Director
 
1978 Klavierkonzert
Director
 
1978 Nachtmusik
Director
 
1978 Der Fotograf
Director
 
1977 Abendfrieden
Director
 
1977 Die Tote im Wald
Director
 
1977 Inkasso
Director
 
1977 Schüsse in der Schonzeit
Director
 
1977 Zwei zu eins fürs SK1
Director
 
1975 Der Tag nach dem Mord
Director
 
1975 Die Kusine
Director
 
1974 Traumbilder
Director
 
1974 Sein letzter Coup
Director
 
1972 Vorsicht - Schutzengel!
Director
 
1972 Ferdinand Lassalle
Director
 
1972 Oldtimer
Director
 
1971 Die drei Gesichter der Tamara Bunke
Director
 
1970 Der Portland-Ring
Director
 
1969/1970 Die Münchner Räterepublik
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 Kim Philby war der dritte Mann
Director
 
1968 Der Scheck
Director
 
1968 Kidnap - Die Entführung des Lindbergh-Babys
Director, Screenplay
 
1967/1968 Die Postanweisung
Director
 
1967 Ein Anruf aus der Zone
Director
 
1967 Das Kabel
Director
 
1967 Die Kamera
Director
 
1966 Die rote Maske
Director
 
1966 Das Millionending
Director
 
1966 Die schwarze Hand
Screenplay
 
1966 Die Rechnung - eiskalt serviert
Director
 
1966 Die ägyptische Katze
Director
 
1965/1966 Das verräterische Licht
Screenplay
 
1965 Das Nummernschild
Director
 
1965 Besuch von drüben
Director
 
1965 Oberst Wennerström. Spion zwischen Ost und West
Director
 
1965 Blumen für Zimmer 19
Director, Screenplay
 
1965 Laßt Blumen sprechen
Director
 
1964 Tödliches Schach
Director
 
1964 Der Schlüssel
Director
 
1964 Akte Dr. W.
Director
 
1964 Nachtzug D 106
Director
 
1964 Gesucht: Reisebegleiter
Director
 
1963/1964 Weiße Fracht für Hongkong
Director
 
1963 Der Blinde
Director
 
1963 Die Nadel
Director
 
1963 Nur ein Schuh
Director
 
1963 Fünf Fotos
Director, Screenplay
 
1962 Wieder zurück: Siegfried Arno. Eine Musik-Show aus Studio 3
Cast
 
1961/1962 Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee
Director
 
1961 Mörderspiel
Director, Screenplay
 
1960 Mein Schulfreund
Director of photography
 
1960 Das schwarze Schaf
Director
 
1960 Eine Frau fürs ganze Leben
Director of photography
 
1959 Arzt ohne Gewissen
Director of photography
 
1959 Ein Tag, der nie zu Ende geht
Director of photography
 
1958/1959 Hunde, wollt Ihr ewig leben
Director of photography
 
1958 Nasser Asphalt
Director of photography
 
1957/1958 Endstation Liebe
Director of photography
 
1957 Banktresor 713
Director of photography
 
1956/1957 Der Stern von Afrika
Director of photography
 
1956 Kitty und die große Welt
Director of photography
 
1956 Nina
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1955/1956 Regine
Director of photography
 
1955 Du darfst nicht länger schweigen
Director of photography
 
1955 Hanussen
Director of photography
 
1955 Alibi
Director of photography
 
1954/1955 Zwischenlandung in Paris
Director of photography
 
1954 Das Licht der Liebe
Director of photography
 
1954 Geständnis unter vier Augen
Director of photography
 
1953/1954 Die letzte Brücke
Co-author
 
1953/1954 Sauerbruch - Das war mein Leben
Director of photography
 
1953 Muß man sich gleich scheiden lassen?
Director of photography
 
1953 So lange Du da bist
Director of photography
 
1953 Ein Herz spielt falsch
Director of photography
 
1952 Adventure in Berlin
Director of photography
 
1952 Die Spur führt nach Berlin
Director of photography
 
1952 Abenteuer in Wien
Director of photography
 
1952 Verlorene Melodie
Director of photography
 
1951 Weiße Schatten
Director of photography
 
1951 Gefangene Seele
Director of photography
 
1950 Es schlägt 13
Director of photography
 
1950 Dämonische Liebe
Director of photography
 
1950 Die gute Erde
Director of photography
 
1950 Bergbauern von Morgen
Director of photography
 
1949 Schuß durchs Fenster
Director of photography
 
1949 Geheimnisvolle Tiefe
Director of photography
 
1949 Duell mit dem Tod
Director of photography
 
1947/1948 Im Namen der Menschlichkeit
Director of photography
 
1947/1948 Der Prozeß
Director of photography
 
1947/1948 Das singende Haus
Director of photography
 
1945 Heute, Gestern, Morgen
Director, Director of photography
 
1943/1944 Die Zaubergeige
Assistant camera
 

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