Ulli Lommel

Ulli Lommel

Additional Names: Ulrich Lommel (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Kamera, Bauten, Musik, Produzent
*21.12.1944 Zielenzig (heute Sulęcin, Polen); †02.12.2017 Stuttgart

Biography

Ulrich Lommel, born December 21, 1944, in Zielenzig (today Sulecin, Poland), as the son of the comedian and actor Ludwig Manfred Lommel (1891 to 1962) and the brother of the actress Ruth Lommel (born 1918). He made his stage debut at the age of four alongside his father. In 1961, he made his first performance at Renaissance Theater.

After his first roles in TV and movie productions, for instance, in Rudolf Thome's "Detektive", Rainer Werner Fassbinder gave him the role of the gangster Bruno Straub in "Liebe ist kälter als der Tod" ("Love Is Colder Than Death"). Henceforth, Lommel was part of Fassbinder's permanent creative staff and also took over jobs as cinematographer besides his acting duties.

In 1969, Lommel set up the production company Atlantis-Film in Munich that participated in the production of Fassbinder's film "Whity". Lommel made his debut as a director with the film "Haytabo", but he did not attract any attention until he finished the horror trash film "Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe" ("Tenderness of the Wolves"), produced by Fassbinder, with Kurt Raab in the leading role. In his next films, Lommel also dealt with mainly speculative stories, for instance, in the thriller "Wachtmeister Kahn" or in the sleazy sex fantasy "Der zweite Frühling" ("Second Spring").

After Lommel had invented a potentially scandalous story about Adolf Hitler's (played by Kurt Raab) obsession for Marlene Dietrich (Margit Carstensen) in his film "Adolf und Marlene" ("Adolf and Marlene"), he relocated to the United States at the end of the 1970s to continue his career in the film business. In the US, he became known as a director of numerous low-budget genre films.

Lommel did not finish a movie in Germany for more than 20 years until he filmed "Daniel, der Zauberer" ("Daniel the Wizard"), a semi-documentary farce about the eccentric teenage star Daniel Küblböck. However, the film flopped with movie goers and critics alike.

During the following years, Lommel wrote and directed a string of low-budget and exploitation films set in the horror and thriller genre. Some of them are based on classic gothic tales, including an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" (USA 2006) and "The Tomb" (USA 2007), which is derived from a story by H. P. Lovecraft. Yet mostly, Lommel used infamous real-life crimes as an inspiration for his films, as in "Uli Lommel's Zodiac Killer" (USA 2005), "Black Dahlia" (USA 2006), "Son of Sam" (USA 2008), "D.C. Sniper" (USA 2010) and "Manson Family Cult" (USA 2012). Lommel also occasionally moonlighted as an actor in some of these productions.

In 2014, he eventually returned to Germany to direct the documentary "Der Goldene Pokal - Die Reise vom 4. Stern", which follows Germany's national football team on its way to winning the 2014 FIFA World Championship.

In 2015, Lommel published the book "Factory Made" about his collaboration with Andy Warhol in the 1970s. He also worked on a documentary film on the subject. On December 2, 2017 he died after a heart attack.

Filmography

2014 Der Goldene Pokal - Die Reise vom 4. Stern
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
2013 La Cella
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
2013 My Throat, My Air
Cast
 
2008/2009 Absolute Evil
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Camera operator, Producer
 
2003/2004 Daniel, der Zauberer
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2002/2003 Fassbinder in Hollywood
Participation, Screenplay, Producer
 
2001 Boots
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Executive producer
 
1991/1992 Zwischensaison
Cast
 
1987 Heaven and Earth
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1977 Ausgerechnet Bananen
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1976 Also es war so...
Cast
 
1976 Adolf und Marlene
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1976 Chinesisches Roulette
Cast
 
1975/1976 Satansbraten
Cast
 
1975/1976 Schatten der Engel
Cast
 
1974/1975 Der zweite Frühling
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 Der Mann aus Zimmer 22
Cast
 
1974 Wachtmeister Rahn
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 Jodeln is ka Sünd
Director
 
1973/1974 Nora Helmer
Cast
 
1973 Chaplins Hut
Cast
 
1973 Welt am Draht
Cast
 
1972/1973 Du stirbst nicht allein
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe
dubbed by, Director
 
1972-1974 Fontane Effi Briest
Cast
 
1972 Bremer Freiheit
Cast
 
1972 Jochen und Marion
Cast
 
1972 Der Mafia-Boss - Sie töten wie Schakale
Cast
 
1972 Tödlicher Poker
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1972 Harlis
Cast
 
1971 Die Ahnfrau
Cast
 
1971 Eine Räubergeschichte
Cast
 
1971 Haytabo
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1970/1971 Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte
Cast
 
1970/1971 Whity
Cast, Lyrics, Producer
 
1970 Der amerikanische Soldat
Cast, Lyrics
 
1970 Rio das Mortes
Cast
 
1970 Anglia
Cast, Assistant director, Producer
 
1969/1970 Der gelbe Koffer
Cast, Screenplay, Co-Producer
 
1969 Deine Zärtlichkeiten
Cast
 
1969 Liebe ist kälter als der Tod
Cast, Set design
 
1969 Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?
Cast
 
1969 Auktion bei Gwendoline
Cast
 
1969 Fernes Jamaica
Cast
 
1968 Detektive
Cast
 
1967/1968 Die Postanweisung
Cast
 
1967 Tonys Freunde
Cast
 
1967 Der Auswanderer
Cast
 
1966 Maigret und sein größter Fall
Cast
 
1966 Jan Himp und die kleine Brise
Cast
 
1965/1966 Jugendprozeß
Cast
 
1964 Fanny Hill
Cast
 
1964 Legende einer Liebe
Cast
 
1963 Das große Liebesspiel
Cast