Wolfgang Liebeneiner

Wolfgang Liebeneiner

Additional Names: Wolfgang Georg Louis Liebeneiner (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch
*06.10.1905 Liebau, Niederschlesien (heute Lubawka, Polen); †28.11.1987 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Wolfgang Liebeneiner was born in the town of Liebau / Niederschlesien (today Lubawka / Poland) on the 6th of October 1905. His father, a former army officer, owned a textile factory. Leibeneiner attended both military and civil schools, and enrolled at university in 1924. He studied German literature, philosophy and history in Innsbruck, Berlin and Munich.

There he joined an academic theatre company, and was finally asked by Otto Falckenberg to join the Münchner Kammerspiele. He debuted in a staging of Wedekind's drama "Frühlings Erwachen" and later began directing plays as well. From 1932-34, he was an ensemble member at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin.

In 1931, he gave his screen debut, playing an English lieutenant in the war movie "Die andere Seite". A year later, he embodied an Austrian army officer in Max Ophüls' "Liebelei". In 1936, Liebeneiner, who was mostly typecast as the romantic lover in movies, joined Gustaf Gründgens at the Staatstheater, where he worked as director and actor until the stage closed for good in 1944.

His feature debut as a director came in 1937, when he directed the comedy "Versprich mir nichts!". The same year, Liebeneiner became a member of the board at the Terra film production company, and subsequently he took over many positions within the Nazi film industry: From 1938-1944, Liebeneiner held the title of "Staatsschauspieler" (state actor), he was dean of the artistic department at the Film Academy Babelsberg, head of the film department at the Reichsfilmkammer (from 1939 onwards), head of production at Ufa (1942-45) and member of the presidential council at the Reichstheaterkammer. He was appointed as professor by Propaganda minister Goebbels in 1943.

Apart from his work as an official, Liebeneiner directed entertainment fare like "Der Mustergatte" and "Der Florentiner Hut", both starring Heinz Rühmann. He cast his first wife Ruth Hellberg in the Maupassant-adaptation "Yvette", while "Das andere Ich" featured his second wife Hilde Krahl in the principal role. Overall, Liebeneiner's films from that period were prominently cast, technically well executed and showed a certain interest in experimenting with narrative conventions.

However, during WWII Liebeneiner directed three propaganda films: "Bismarck" and "Die Entlassung", which both deliberately tried to draw parallels between the political legacy of the "iron chancellor" of imperial Germany and Hitler's regime, and "Ich klage an", which gained notoriety for its callous plea for euthanasia.

After the war, Liebeneiner was allowed to continue his work by the allied authorities, and until 1954, he primarily staged plays at the Hamburger Kammerspiele, most notably the premiere of Wolfgang Borchert's drama "Draußen vor der Tür". Liebeneiner also adapted this play for the screen, the result being "Liebe 47", which altered Borchert's original text and added a somewhat forced happy-end.

During the 1950s, Liebeneiner scored at the German box-office with popular entertainment fare, and between 1956-58 alone, he directed six features starring Ruth Leuwerik, among them the musical romp "Die Trapp-Familie" (which shares its source material with the later Hollywood classic "The Sound of Music"), the historical drama "Königin Luise" and the P.O.W.-exploitation "Taiga".

In the 1960s, Liebeneiner, who relocated to Vienna in 1954, successfully adapted theatre plays for television and also directed several series for the budding new medium.

His last two feature films – "Das chinesische Wunder" and "Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand" – went unrecognised and were merely made for tax reasons.

Liebeneiner and his wife Hilde Krahl have a daughter, Johanna Liebeneiner (born in 1945), who became a successful theatre actress.

On November 28th 1987, Wolfgang Liebeneiner passed away in Vienna.

Filmography

2001/2002 Das Leben geht weiter
Participation
 
1983 Montagsgeschichten (I)
Director
 
1983 Der Mustergatte
Director, Screenplay
 
1983 Ein Mann für alle Fälle. Folge 4
Director
 
1982 Der Garten
Director
 
1982 So oder so ist das Leben II
Director
 
1981 Gustav Knuth - Ein Mime wird 80
Director
 
1980/1981 Leute wie Du und ich (III)
Director
 
1980 Leute wie Du und ich (II)
Director
 
1980 Das Drehbuch
Director
 
1979 Nachbarn und andere nette Menschen
Director
 
1979 Ein Mann für alle Fälle. Folge 3
Director
 
1978/1979 Ein Mann für alle Fälle. Folge 2
Director
 
1978 Der Abschußtag
Director
 
1978 Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand
Director, Screenplay
 
1976 Das kleine Hofkonzert
Director
 
1976 Das chinesische Wunder
Director
 
1974 Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk. Teil 7-13
Director
 
1973 Schwarzwaldmädel
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 Verwandte sind auch Menschen
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 La belle Epoque
Director
 
1972/1973 Geschichten zu zweit
Director
 
1972/1973 Eine egoistische Liebe
Director
 
1972 Plaza Fortuna
Director
 
1972 Gasparone
Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Der Hutmacher
Director
 
1971 Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk. Teil 1-6
Director
 
1971 Die sieben Ohrfeigen
Director
 
1971 Besuch auf einem kleinen Planeten
Director
 
1970 Eine konsequente Frau
Director
 
1970 Ein Mädchen für alles
Director
 
1970 Scher Dich zum Teufel, mein Engel
Director
 
1969 Abel, wo ist dein Bruder?
Director
 
1969 Wenn süß das Mondlicht auf den Hügeln schläft
Director
 
1969 Mamsell Nitouche
Director, Screenplay
 
1968/1969 Mister Barnett
Director, Screenplay
 
1968 Der Kritiker des Herzens
Director
 
1968 So eine Liebe
Cast
 
1968 Ein ehrenwerter Herr
Director
 
1967/1968 Tom Sawyers und Huckleberry Finns Abenteuer
Director
 
1967 Ein Schloß in Schweden
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Keine Angst vor Kolibris
Director
 
1966 Betrug der Zeiten
Director
 
1966 Die Schatzinsel
Director
 
1966 Der Glückstopf
Director
 
1966 Towarisch
Director
 
1965/1966 Um Lucretia
Director
 
1965 Die Schelme im Paradies
Director
 
1964 Jetzt dreht die Welt sich nur um dich
Director
 
1964 Gonzague
Director
 
1964 Die Baßgeige
Director
 
1964 Liebeshändel in Chioggia
Director
 
1963/1964 Schwejks Flegeljahre
Director
 
1963 Die Zaubergeige
Director
 
1962/1963 Charleys Tante
Director
 
1962 Die große Szene
Director
 
1961 Das letzte Kapitel
Director
 
1960 Schlußakkord
Cast, Director
 
1960 Ingeborg
Director
 
1960 Eine Frau fürs ganze Leben
Director
 
1959/1960 Ich heirate Herrn Direktor
Director, Screenplay
 
1959 Meine Tochter Patricia
Director
 
1959 Jacqueline
Director
 
1958 Sebastian Kneipp
Director
 
1958 Taiga
Director
 
1958 Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika
Director
 
1957 Immer wenn der Tag beginnt
Director, Screenplay
 
1957 Franziska
Director
 
1956/1957 Königin Luise
Director
 
1956 Die Trapp-Familie
Director
 
1955/1956 Waldwinter
Director
 
1955/1956 Vor 100 Jahren fing es an
Cast
 
1955 Urlaub auf Ehrenwort
Director, Screenplay
 
1955 Ich war ein häßliches Mädchen
Director
 
1955 Die heilige Lüge
Director
 
1954 Die schöne Müllerin
Director
 
1954 Und ewig bleibt die Liebe
Director
 
1954 Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins
Director
 
1953 Das tanzende Herz
Director, Screenplay
 
1953 Die Stärkere
Cast, Director
 
1952 1. April 2000
Director
 
1951/1952 Herz der Welt
Cast
 
1951 Der blaue Stern des Südens
Director
 
1951 Der Weibsteufel
Director, Screenplay
 
1950/1951 Das Tor zum Frieden
Director
 
1950 Des Lebens Überfluß
Director
 
1950 Wenn eine Frau liebt
Director
 
1949/1950 Meine Nichte Susanne
Director, Screenplay
 
1949/1950 Tobias Knopp, Abenteuer eines Junggesellen
Voice, Dialogue editor
 
1948/1949 Liebe 47
Director, Screenplay
 
1944/1945 Das Leben geht weiter
Director, Screenplay
 
1942/1943 Großstadtmelodie
Director, Screenplay
 
1942 Die Entlassung
Director
 
1941 Ich klage an
Director, Screenplay
 
1941 Das andere Ich
Director
 
1940/1941 Friedemann Bach
Cast
 
1940 Bismarck
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1939/1940 Die gute Sieben
Director
 
1939 Der Florentiner Hut
Director
 
1938 Ziel in den Wolken
Director
 
1938 Du und ich
Director
 
1937/1938 Yvette. Die Tochter einer Kurtisane
Director
 
1937/1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
Cast
 
1937 Der Mustergatte
Director
 
1937 Versprich mir nichts!
Director
 
1936 Die un-erhörte Frau
Cast
 
1936 Das Schönheitsfleckchen
Cast
 
1935/1936 Donaumelodien
Cast
 
1935 Die selige Exzellenz
Cast
 
1935 Eine Nacht an der Donau
Cast
 
1935 Die blonde Carmen
Cast
 
1935 Künstlerliebe
Cast
 
1934/1935 Alle Tage ist kein Sonntag
Cast
 
1934/1935 Lockspitzel Asew
Cast
 
1934 Alles hört auf mein Kommando
Cast
 
1934 Der zerstreute Walzer. Eine musikalische Phantasie
Cast
 
1934 Rhapsodie. Ein musikalisches Intermezzo aus dem Leben Franz Liszts
Cast
 
1934 Musik im Blut
Cast
 
1934 Was bin ich ohne Dich
Cast
 
1934 Freut euch des Lebens
Cast
 
1934 Abschiedswalzer. Zwei Frauen um Chopin
Cast
 
1933 Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez
Cast
 
1933 Une histoire d'amour
Cast
 
1933 Rivalen der Luft. Ein Segelfliegerfilm
Cast
 
1932/1933 Liebelei
Cast
 
1931/1932 Wenn dem Esel zu wohl ist ... (Er und sein Tippfräulein)
Cast
 
1931 Die andere Seite
Cast
 

Overview

More at filmportal

Current News

20.06.2007 | 12:04 Uhr

Literature

KOBV-Suche