Sybille Schmitz

Sybille Schmitz

Additional Names: Sybille Maria Christine Schmitz (Geburtsname)
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*02.12.1909 Düren; †13.04.1955 München

Biography

Sybille Schmitz was born in Düren (North Rhine-Westphalia) on December 2nd 1909. After attending a Catholic convent school, Schmitz enrolled at a drama school in Cologne. In 1927, she gave her stage debut at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, and only one year later performed her first screen role as a struggling female worker in "Freie Fahrt", a film funded by the SPD, Germany"s Social Democratic Party.

Her artistic breakthrough came with Carl Theodor Dreyer"s "Vampyr", in which she played the suffering girl Léone. In 1932, she played the romantic interest of both Paul Hartmann and Hans Albers in the adventure film "F.P. 1 antwortet nicht". Schmitz was now in high demand, and as one of the leading ladies of German cinema, she became known for playing elegant and somewhat mysterious female characters. She played George Sand in "Abschiedswalzer", Gloria Cheveley in "Ein idealer Gatte" and a Russian spy in "Die Leuchter des Kaisers". Moreover, Schmitz was especially believable in supernatural and mystical stories like "Fährmann Maria" and "Die Unbekannte".


From 1938 on, she was cast in fewer and overtly propagandistic films like "Trenck, der Pandur" and "Wetterleuchten um Barbara". As a result, Schmitz retreated to a remote Austrian village and only occasionally returned to the screen.

The escapist and optimistic Post-War cinema had little use for Schmitz" otherworldly and detached aura. Largely ignored by the film industry, she started a descent into drug addiction and depression which ended with her suicide on April 13th 1955.

Filmography

1953/1954 Das Haus an der Küste
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1952 Illusion in Moll
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1950 Kronjuwelen
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1950 Die Lüge
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1950 Sensation im Savoy
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1948/1949 Die letzte Nacht
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1947 Zwischen gestern und morgen
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1943/1944 Die Hochstaplerin
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1943/1944 Das Leben ruft
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1942/1943 Titanic
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1941/1942 Vom Schicksal verweht
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1941 Clarissa
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1940/1941 Wetterleuchten um Barbara
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1940 Trenck, der Pandur
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1939 Die Frau ohne Vergangenheit
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1938/1939 Hotel Sacher
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1938 Tanz auf dem Vulkan
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1937/1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
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1937/1938 Die Umwege des schönen Karl
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1937 Signal in der Nacht
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1936/1937 Die Kronzeugin
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1936 Die Unbekannte
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1935/1936 Die Leuchter des Kaisers
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1935/1936 Fährmann Maria
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1935 Ich war Jack Mortimer
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1935 Wenn die Musik nicht wär'
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1935 Stradivari
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1935 Ein idealer Gatte
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1934/1935 Oberwachtmeister Schwenke
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1934/1935 Punks kommt aus Amerika
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1934 Musik im Blut
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1934 Der Herr der Welt
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1934 Abschiedswalzer. Zwei Frauen um Chopin
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1933 Rivalen der Luft. Ein Segelfliegerfilm
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1932 F.P. 1 antwortet nicht
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1931/1932 Vampyr
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1929 Tagebuch einer Verlorenen
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1928 Polizeibericht Überfall
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1928 Freie Fahrt
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