Richard Angst

Richard Angst

Darsteller, Regie, Kamera, Sonstiges
*23.07.1905 Zürich, Schweiz; †24.07.1984 Berlin

Biography

Richard Angst was born July 23, 1905, in Zurich. The son of a Swiss father and a German mother grew up in Pforzheim, where he attended secondary school and business school. In 1923, the nature-loving skier, ski jumper and mountaineer was discovered by Sepp Allgeier, the senior director of a school for cinematography in Freiburg. He started working as an assistant to Arnold Fanck who held a PhD in geology and directed ski films and mountain films. At the "Berg- und Sportfilm GmbH" company, Angst became familiar with camera technique and film laboratory work. He also became a licensed projectionist.

In 1926, he joined Bernhard Villinger"s film expedition to Spitsbergen. Alongside Allgeier and Albert Benitz, Richard Angst earned his first credit as cinematographer with the movie "Milak, der Grönlandjäger". Himself, his teacher Allgeier as well as Hans Schneeberger quickly rose up in ranks and became Fanck"s chief camera operators. Their credits include movies such as "Der große Sprung", "Die weiße Hölle von Piz Palü" ("White Hell of Pitz Palu"), "Stürme über dem Montblanc" ("Avalanche"), and "Der weiße Rausch" ("Ski Chase"). Angst"s talents as cameraman and mountaineer were also sought-after by other directors.

In 1932, Angst joined Fanck on a trip to Greenland, where he worked on the two versions of "S.O.S. Iceberg" as well as Andrew Marton"s "Nordpol – Ahoi!". For the time being, "Der ewige Traum" became the last European mountain movie production on which Angst collaborated with Fanck.

During the following years, his profession as a cinematographer brought him to different places in Asia: In 1934/35, he worked with G. O. Dyhrenfurth in the Himalayas, and in 1936 he joined Victor von Plessen on an expedition to Borneo, where he came down with a serious illness. In the same year, Angst and Fanck shot the feature film "Die Tochter des Samurai" ("Atarashiki tsuchi") in Japan. On their journey through Japan and Manchuria, they produced documentary material, which was published as a series of short films by the UFA"s Cultural Film Department during the 1940s.

After finishing work on Richard Schweizer"s "Kleine Scheidegg", which was shot in Angst"s home country, he travelled back to Japan to shoot the Olympics movie "Das heilige Ziel". On behalf of the Japanese Naval Department, he shot a (lost) film about the battle against Chinese guerillas at the Wanpoo River.

In 1939, Angst returned to Berlin to shoot studio movies on behalf of the production company Tobis. Furthermore, he repeatedly worked for Terra and collaborated with the director Hans Steinhoff. Their movies include "Die Geierwally" and "Rembrandt", which became famous for its topic-related use of light and shade.


Bombed out in Berlin at the end of World War II, Angst went to the Austrian Oetz Valley, where he collaborated with Leopold Hainisch on the Tyrol sentimental films "Ulli und Marei" and "Erde". Together with his wife and their five children, he took up residence in Ticino. At the Matterhorn, he photographed the movie "High Conquest", directed by the American Irving Allen. Later, the director used the footage for a short film called "Climbing the Matterhorn", which was awarded the Oscar as "Best Short Film" in 1947.

In the Netherlands, Angst photographed Jaap Speyer"s "Een koninkrijk voor een huis", before shooting his first German post-war movie in 1950: "Föhn", a remake of Fanck"s "Die weiße Hölle von Piz Palü", starring Hans Albers. Subsequently, he worked for the German film industry on a regular basis. He photographed four of Harald Braun"s distinguished melodramas as well as some of Kurt Hoffmann"s entertainment films (twelve movies between 1951 and 1967), including "Ich denke oft an Piroschka", "Das Wirtshaus im Spessart", "Wir Wunderkinder", "Schloss Gripsholm", and "Rheinsberg". During the 1960s, he repeatedly worked on movies directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb.

Angst, by now known as the Grand Old Man of German cinematography while also being dreaded by directors and assistants for his impulsive and often rude behavior, was engaged by Artur Brauner for the prestige productions "Der Tiger von Eschnapur" and "Das indische Grabmal", directed by Fritz Lang. Furthermore, he collaborated with Robert Siodmak on the two-parter "Kampf um Rom".


At the end of the 1960s, Angst resigned due to the upcoming wave of sexploitation films but continued to work on a number of commercials. In 1971, he opened the restaurant "Provinz" in Berlin-Moabit, where he often worked at the bar and in the kitchen.

Assisted by the journalist Hans Bogelt, Richard Angst wrote his memoirs titled "47 Jahre objektiv gesehen". The manuscript was comprised of 700 pages. At the beginning of the 1980s, Jörg Moser-Metius engaged him as an artistic consultant for his short film "Umbra", which was influenced by the style of German silent movies. Furthermore, Moser-Metius produced a television documentary about Angst.

Richard Angst has worked as an assistant professor at the Academy for Television and Film (HFF) in Munich for two years. On July 24, 1984, he died from heart failure at a hospital in Berlin.

His inheritance, including the comprehensive manuscript volume, is filed at the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek.

Filmography

1983 Kamera: Richard Angst
Participation
 
1981-1983 Umbra
Miscellaneous
 
1972 18 Bilder mit der Hand
Participation
 
1969 Die Hochzeitsreise
Director of photography
 
1968/1976 Kampf um Rom
Director of photography
 
1968/1969 Das ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade
Director of photography
 
1968/1969 Kampf um Rom. 2. Teil: Der Verrat
Director of photography
 
1968 Kampf um Rom. 1. Teil
Director of photography
 
1967 Rheinsberg
Director of photography
 
1967 Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart
Director of photography
 
1966 Liselotte von der Pfalz
Director of photography
 
1965/1966 Hokuspokus oder: Wie lasse ich meinen Mann verschwinden...?
Director of photography
 
1965 Ferien mit Piroschka
Director of photography
 
1965 Heidi
Director of photography
 
1965 Spione unter sich
Director of photography
 
1964/1965 Dr. med. Hiob Prätorius
Director of photography
 
1964 Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß
Director of photography
 
1964 Das 7. Opfer
Director of photography
 
1963/1964 Das Phantom von Soho
Director of photography
 
1963 Der Henker von London
Director of photography
 
1963 Frühstück im Doppelbett
Director of photography
 
1963 Der schwarze Abt
Director of photography
 
1963 Schloß Gripsholm
Director of photography
 
1962 Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes
Director of photography
 
1962 Axel Munthe, der Arzt von San Michele
Director of photography
 
1961/1962 Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Koffer
Director of photography
 
1961 Ramona
Director of photography
 
1961 Via Mala
Director of photography
 
1961 Die seltsame Gräfin
Director of photography
 
1960/1961 ...und sowas nennt sich Leben
Director of photography
 
1960 O sole mio
Director of photography
 
1960 Journey to the Lost City
Director of photography
 
1960 Der brave Soldat Schwejk
Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Herrin der Welt
Director, Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Herrin der Welt (Teil II)
Director, Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Herrin der Welt (Teil I)
Director, Director of photography
 
1959 Bilderbuch Gottes
Director of photography
 
1959 Du bist wunderbar
Director of photography
 
1959 La Paloma
Director of photography
 
1959 Peter schießt den Vogel ab
Director of photography
 
1958/1959 Das indische Grabmal
Director of photography
 
1958/1959 Der Tiger von Eschnapur
Director of photography
 
1958 Wir Wunderkinder
Director of photography
 
1958 Petersburger Nächte
Director of photography
 
1957 Meine schöne Mama
Director of photography
 
1957 Das Wirtshaus im Spessart
Director of photography
 
1956/1957 Das heilige Erbe
Director of photography
 
1955/1956 Ich suche Dich
Director of photography
 
1955 Drei Männer im Schnee
Director of photography
 
1955 Der letzte Mann
Director of photography
 
1955 Ich denke oft an Piroschka
Director of photography
 
1954/1955 Ingrid. Die Geschichte eines Fotomodells
Director of photography
 
1954 Der erste Kuß
Director of photography
 
1953 Hokuspokus
Director of photography
 
1953 Schlagerparade
Director of photography
 
1952 Cuba Cabana
Director of photography
 
1952 Vater braucht eine Frau
Director of photography
 
1952 VI. Olympische Winterspiele Oslo 1952
Director of photography
 
1952 Borneo - Insel der Schönheit, Leidenschaft und Dämonie
Director of photography
 
1951/1952 Herz der Welt
Director of photography
 
1951 Fanfaren der Liebe
Director of photography
 
1950 Der fallende Stern
Director of photography
 
1950 Föhn
Director of photography
 
1946/1947 Erde
Director of photography
 
1944/1945 Ulli und Marei
Director of photography
 
1943/1944 Melusine
Director of photography
 
1943 Ein schöner Tag
Director of photography
 
1943 Gabriele Dambrone
Director of photography
 
1942/1943 Großstadtmelodie
Director of photography
 
1942 Der große Schatten
Director of photography
 
1941/1942 Der Strom
Director of photography
 
1941/1942 Rembrandt
Director of photography
 
1940/1941 Mein Leben für Irland
Director of photography
 
1939/1940 Die Geierwally
Director of photography
 
1939 Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Director of photography
 
1939 Die unheimlichen Wünsche
Director of photography
 
1937/1938 Das heilige Ziel
Director of photography
 
1937 Kleine Scheidegg
Director of photography
 
1936/1944 In einer chinesischen Stadt
Director, Director of photography
 
1936/1944 Bilder von Japans Küsten
Director of photography
 
1936/1941 Frühling in Japan
Director of photography
 
1936/1941 Japans heiliger Vulkan
Director of photography
 
1936 Die Kopfjäger von Borneo
Director of photography
 
1936 Die Tochter des Samurei
Director of photography
 
1935 Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü
Director of photography
 
1935 Frohe Fahrt
Director
 
1935 Der arme Reiche
Director of photography
 
1934/1935 Der Dämon des Himalaya
Director of photography
 
1934 Der Springer von Pontresina
Director of photography
 
1933/1934 Rêve éternel
Director of photography
 
1933/1934 Un de la montagne
Director of photography
 
1933/1934 Der ewige Traum
Director of photography
 
1933 Nordpol - Ahoi!
Director of photography
 
1933 S.O.S. Iceberg
Director of photography
 
1933 Die weiße Majestät
Director of photography
 
1932/1933 SOS Eisberg
Director of photography
 
1932/1933 Brennendes Geheimnis
Director of photography
 
1932 Abenteuer im Engadin
Director of photography
 
1931/1932 Die Wasserteufel von Hieflau
Director of photography
 
1930/1931 Der weiße Rausch. Neue Wunder des Schneeschuhs
Director of photography
 
1930 Stürme über dem Montblanc
Director of photography
 
1930 Zwei Menschen
Director of photography
 
1929/1930 Die heiligen drei Brunnen
Director of photography
 
1929 Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü
Director of photography
 
1928 Der Kampf ums Matterhorn
Cast
 
1927/1928 Das weiße Stadion
Director of photography
 
1927 Der große Sprung
Director of photography
 
1926/1927 Milak, der Grönlandjäger
Cast, Director of photography
 

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