Xaver Schwarzenberger

Xaver Schwarzenberger

Additional Names: Franz Xaver Schwarzenberger (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Kamera, Schnitt, Produzent
*21.04.1946 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Franz Xaver Schwarzenberger was born in Vienna on April 21, 1946. He trained as a repro-photographer before becoming a trainee cameraman for TV. At the beginning of the 1970s he became a regular cameraman mainly for television. He teamed up with director Axel Corti to shoot the documentary-style feature "Ein junger Mann aus dem Innviertel" (AT 1973) about the early years of Adolf Hitler, the celebrated Austrian miniseries "Die Alpensaga" (1976-1978) and the legendary "Tatort" episode "Wohnheim Westendstraße" (1976).

His first collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the miniseries "Berlin Alexanderplatz" (1980) caused a controversy as Schwarzenberger's pictures were regarded as "too dark" for television. Today, the films he made with Fassbinder until the latter died are considered seminal works: the dark and melancholic "Lili Marleen" (1980), the candy-colored "Lola" (1981), the very stylized and almost dream-like "Querelle – Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel" (1982) and the black-and-white "Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss" for which Schwarzenberger was awarded the Deutscher Kamerapreis. With Fassbinder not at the helm but as a lead he then shot the sci-fi thriller "Kamikaze 1989" (1982, d.: Wolf Gremm). He also worked in France, photographing superstar Jean-Paul Belmondo in the highly successful action comedy "L'as des as" ("Ace of Aces", 1982) and the thriller "Le marginal" ("The Outsider", 1983).

Xaver Schwarzenberger then debuted as a director with "Der stille Ozean" (AT/DE 1983) a TV feature about a young physician who secludes himself to a mountain village after fatal medical malpractice. The film screened in the Berlin IFF's competition in 1983 and won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. It also won the C.I.C.A.E. award as well as the OCIC Award and garnered Schwarzenberger his second Deutscher Kamerapreis.

His second feature as a director, "Donauwalzer" (AT/DE 1984, TV), written by his wife Ulrike Schwarzenberger, also received critical praise and won various awards. The drama about a Hungarian woman who, after 20 years, finds her long-lost lover to be alive, was awarded the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno IFF as well as two Bavarian Film Awards (Best Directing and Best Cinematography). In the following years, Schwarzenberger both helmed and photographed most of his movies. The low-brow comedies "Otto – der Film" (1985; co-directed by Otto Waalkes) and its sequel "Otto – Der neue Film" (1987; again co-directed by Waalkes) as well as the adaptation of the bestselling novel "Beim nächsten Mann wird alles anders" (1988) turned out box office hits. His work as DoP for other directors included the Loriot comedy "Ödipussi" (1988) which he shot in sober images and Helmut Dietl's satire "Schtonk!" (1992) which sported a more elegant and smooth look.

His mainstay, however, were the films written by his wife Ulrike which he both photographed and directed himself. He received his third Deutscher Kamerapreis for the made-for-TV drama "Absturz" (1990) about the sad fate of an 18-year-old prostitute. Over the course of the 1990s he continued to work almost exclusively for German or Austrian TV. His most important works include the crime comedy "Duett" (AT/DE 1992), the saucy divorce comedy "Lovers" (AT 1995) and the tragicomedy "Lamorte" (AT 1997) about a reunion of school friends that holds shocking news for one of them. "Lamorte" was honored with the audience award at the Baden-Badener Fernsehfestival.

Schwarzenberger again directed for the big screen in the romantic comedy "Tafelspitz" (AT 1993), the satire "Ein Mann in der Krise" (AT 1995) and the serial killer thriller "Das Siegel" (AT 1998). His made-for-TV film "Krambambuli" (AT/DE 1998) a blend of Heimatfilm, alpine western and a dog story garnered Schwarzenberger the Austrian film and TV award "Romy" as Best Director. He also received the Grimme-Preis together with leads Tobias Moretti, Christine Neubauer and Gabriel Barylli.

In the first decade of the 21st century, Schwarzenberger's work remained limited to both low and high brow TV productions. Dramas like "Annas Heimkehr" (2003) that has catholic maid taking care of a Jewish baby in Nazi Germany alternated with comedies like "Copacabana" (2007) about an eventful wedding anniversary, starring Bruno Ganz and Nicole Heesters. A huge success were the biopics "Andreas Hofer – Die Freiheit des Adlers" (AT/DE 2002), about the Tyrolean freedom fighter and folk hero, "Margarete Steiff" (DE/AT 2005), about the creator of the world famous stuffed toys, "Sisi" (AT/DE 2009), about legendary empress Elizabeth of Austria and "Die Verführerin Adele Spitzeder" (DE/AT 2012), about the actress, singer and financial fraud of the same name.

To this day, Xaver Schwarzenberger's filmography as a director comprises of more than 50 works, as DoP he far surpasses 100. Although it is not uncommon for him to make more than three films a year, the intervals between productions have increased in recent years. The drama "Stille" (DE/AT 2013, TV) tells the story of an egomaniac journalist who suffers a personal crisis and retreats to a lonely cabin in the mountains. The comedy "Zwei Esel auf Sardinien" (2015, TV) based on Jutta Speidel's novel is about a spirited couple whose vacation to Sardinia turns out to become a trip full of adventures.

Filmography

2012 Clarissas Geheimnis
Director, Director of photography
 
2012 Stille
Director, Director of photography
 
2010/2011 Die Verführerin Adele Spitzeder
Director, Director of photography
 
2009 Sisi
Director, Director of photography
 
2009 Der Bär ist los! Die Geschichte von Bruno
Director, Director of photography
 
2008/2009 Detektiv wider Willen
Director, Director of photography
 
2008 Die Liebe ein Traum
Director
 
2008 Und ewig schweigen die Männer
Director, Director of photography
 
2007 Muttis Liebling
Director, Director of photography
 
2006/2007 Copacabana
Director, Director of photography
 
2005/2006 Mein süßes Geheimnis
Director, Director of photography
 
2005 Margarete Steiff
Director, Director of photography
 
2002/2003 Annas Heimkehr
Director, Director of photography
 
2002/2003 Eine Liebe in Afrika
Director, Director of photography
 
2001/2002 Andreas Hofer - Die Freiheit des Adlers
Director, Director of photography
 
2000 Happy Hour oder Glück und Glas
Director, Director of photography
 
2000 O Palmenbaum
Director, Director of photography
 
1999 Stella di Mare - Hilfe, wir erben ein Schiff!
Director, Director of photography
 
1998 Fever
Director, Director of photography
 
1997/1998 Krambambuli
Director, Director of photography
 
1996 Lamorte
Director, Director of photography
 
1995 Fesseln
Director, Director of photography
 
1994 Die Nacht der Nächte
Director, Director of photography
 
1994 Dr. Schwarz und Dr. Martin - Neuland
Director, Director of photography
 
1994 Tonino und Toinette
Director, Director of photography, Editing
 
1993 Schramm
Cast
 
1993 Die skandalösen Frauen
Director, Director of photography
 
1992/1993 Tafelspitz
Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
1992 Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt. Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Participation
 
1992 Duett
Director, Director of photography
 
1991/1992 Schtonk!
Director of photography
 
1990-1992 Der fliegende Holländer
Director of photography
 
1989/1990 Ein anderer Liebhaber
Director, Director of photography
 
1989 Souterrain
Director, Director of photography
 
1989 Absturz
Director, Director of photography
 
1988 Beim nächsten Mann wird alles anders
Director, Director of photography
 
1987/1988 Ödipussi
Director of photography
 
1987 Gewitter im Mai
Director, Director of photography
 
1987 Otto - Der neue Film
Director, Director of photography
 
1986 Der Fall Franza
Director, Director of photography
 
1985/1986 Momo
Director of photography
 
1985 Otto - Der Film
Director, Director of photography
 
1985 Das Mal des Todes
Director of photography
 
1984/1985 Die Nacht
Director of photography
 
1984 Hugo
Director of photography
 
1983/1984 Donauwalzer
Director, Director of photography
 
1983/1984 Wenn ich mich fürchte...
Director of photography
 
1983 Die Rache des winkenden Mädchens
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Der stille Ozean
Director, Director of photography
 
1982 As der Asse
Director of photography
 
1982 Querelle - Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel
Director of photography
 
1982 Der Bauer von Babylon. Rainer Werner Fassbinder dreht "Querelle"
Participation
 
1981/1982 Kamikaze 1989
Director of photography
 
1981/1982 Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Director of photography
 
1981/1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Letzte Arbeiten
Participation
 
1981 Die Rückkehr des winkenden Mädchens
Director of photography
 
1981 Lola
Director of photography
 
1980/1981 Der Schüler Gerber
Director of photography
 
1980 Lili Marleen
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Das Äußere und das Innere und das Geheimnis der Angst vor der Angst
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mein Traum vom Traum des Franz Biberkopf: Vom Tode eines Kindes und der Geburt eines Brauchbaren
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Die Schlange in der Seele der Schlange
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Wissen ist Macht und Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Einsamkeit reißt auch in Mauern Risse des Irrsinns
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Von den Ewigkeiten zwischen den Vielen und den Wenigen
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Die Sonne wärmt die Haut, die sie manchmal verbrennt
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Merke - einen Schwur kann man amputieren
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Eine Liebe, das kostet immer viel
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Ein Schnitter mit der Gewalt vom lieben Gott
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Eine Handvoll Menschen in der Tiefe der Stille
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Ein Hammer auf dem Kopf kann die Seele verletzen
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Wie soll man leben, wenn man nicht sterben will
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Teile)
Creative supervisor, Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Die Strafe beginnt
Director of photography
 
1979 Feuerzeichen
Director of photography
 
1978/1979 Wochenendflug
Director of photography
 
1978 Auf freiem Fuß
Director of photography
 
1978 Die feindlichen Brüder
Director of photography
 
1978 Esch oder die Anarchie
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Die Straße
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Das Männerquartett
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Der Zauberlehrling
Director of photography
 
1977 Das große Fest
Director of photography
 
1977 Edwards Film
Director of photography
 
1976/1977 Curd Jürgens - Der Filmstar, der vom Theater kam
Director of photography
 
1976 Fehlschuß
Director of photography
 
1976 Wohnheim Westendstraße
Director of photography
 
1976 Der Kaiser am Lande
Director of photography
 
1976 Liebe im Dorf
Director of photography
 
1976 Der Baum des vergessenen Hundes
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Die Insel der Seligen
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Freistadt im Mühlviertel
Director of photography
 
1975 Zar und Zimmermann
Director of photography
 
1975 Jakob, der Letzte
Director of photography
 
1974/1975 Totstellen
Director of photography
 
1974 Komtesse Mizzi
Director of photography
 
1974 Literatur
Director of photography
 
1973 Ein junger Mann aus dem Innviertel
Director of photography
 
1973 Imster Schemenlaufen
Director of photography
 
1973 Alpbacher Lebensuhr
Director of photography
 
1973 Ohr III
Director of photography
 
1973 Tiroler Advent
Director of photography
 
1973 Der Traum und die Wirklichkeit
Director of photography
 
1973 Wenn ihr wollt, ist es kein Märchen
Director of photography
 
1972 David Oistrach und Paul Badura-Skoda spielen Werke von Mozart
Director of photography
 
1972 Einer geht in den Wald und kommt dabei unter die Leute
Director of photography
 
1972 Tiroler Osterbräuche
Director of photography
 
1972 Weihnachtsevangelium
Director of photography
 
1972 Kennst du das Land?
Director of photography
 
1971 Ionesco inszeniert Ionesco: Der König stirbt
Director of photography
 
1971 Fest der 1000
Director of photography
 
1971 Blochziehen in Fiss
Director of photography
 
1971 Der grüne König
Director of photography
 
1971 Mode im Schloss
Director of photography
 
1971 Das Ohr II
Director of photography
 
1971 Das Ohr I
Director of photography
 
1970/1971 Nachrichten richten nach
Director of photography
 
1970 Die ersten Tage
Director of photography
 
1970 Apropos Film V/70
Director of photography
 
1970 Die Albertina - Ein Direktor stellt sein Haus vor
Director of photography
 
1970 Johann Strauß und seine Zeit
2nd Camera unit
 
1969 Wohnhaft in Wien
Director of photography
 
1969 Der Tag der Tauben
Assistant camera
 
1967/1968 Engel der Sünde
Assistant camera
 

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