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Max Ehrlich's Filmography


The first paid public film projection in Germany took place on November 1st 1895 at the Berliner Wintergarten. It consisted of eight scenes and lasted for fifteen minutes.


Silent Films:

  Then, during its first decade of existence, German cinema led a sideshow sort of existence; it was nothing more than cheap entertainment that in fact often was controlled by sideshow companies.

Only just prior to World War I did the artistic possibilities of this new media begin to be exploited. The first significant feature length films appeared in 1913, mainly reaching back into stage theater traditions.

In particular, Max Reinhardt, Director of the Deutsche Theater (and also of the acting school where Max Ehrlich was studying at the time) began to apply his wizardry to directing film productions. Other great film directors during this early period included Paul Wegener and Joe May.

Not before long, the first German movie stars also were "born", many of whom -- over the years -- would work with Max Ehrlich. They included  Henny Porten, Asta Nielsen, Pola Negri (Polish born, but after 1917 present largely in German films), Emil Jannings, Werner Krauß and Conrad Veidt just to name a few

In 1917, with the support of the German government, the Universum Film AG (UFA) was founded, and until 1945 would remain the main production company in Germany (see below).

After World War I, within the relative freedom of the Weimar Republic, cinema both grew and developed, taking on numerous new forms. 

Ernest Lubitsch made historical and operetta films. Fritz Lang also presented his first productions, as did Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Soon, expressionist silent movies became the main means of artistic expression in the film media during the 1920s, 

But Fritz Lang quickly freed himself from these expressionist influences, going his own way into new cinematographic directions. These came to be characterized as "Neue Sachlichkeit" (New Concreteness) and "Proletarischer Film" (Proletaritariat Cinema), terms taken over from the world of painting (Dix, Beckmann, Grosz) and giving rise to a more-or-less realistic vision of the world and understanding of cinema.

The "Neuesachlichkeit" (New Concreteness) trend perhaps found it's best expression in the area of documentary films, whilst, at the end of the1920s... early 1930s, "Proletarische Filme" (Prolitarian Films) emerged, both spiritually and organizationally attached to the labor movement.

Meanwhile, by the early 1930s, the UFA, under the direction of Alfred Hugenberg, had grown into a powerful business concern.

But, in 1932, a new management team took over and the UFA came under the control of the "upcoming" Fascist regime. From this point onward, until it's demise following World War II, the UFA became one of the most powerful medias to be misused by the Nazis.

  In der Heimat da gibt's ein Wiedersehn
We'll See Each Other Again in Our Native Land

1927 Familientag im Hause Prellstein
Family Day in the Prellstein Household

1928 Herkules Maier
Herculis Maier

  Es zogen drei Burschen
Three Guys on Their Way

  Flitterwochen (Drehbuch)
Honeymoons (writer)

  Fraulein Chauffeur (Zwischentitel)
Miss Chauffeur (dialog panels writer)

  In Werder Blühen die Bäume
The Trees are Blooming in Werder

  Die  blaue Maus
The Blue Mouse

  Die Wochenendbraut (Zischentitel)
The Weekend Bride (dialog panels writer)

  Die tolle Komtess (Drehbuch, Darsteller)
The Wonderful Countess (script, actor)

  Das Haus hone Männer (Zwischentitel)
The House without Men (scene title)

  Ihr dunkler Punkt
Her Dark Spot

1929 Liebfraumilch

Sound Films:

1930 Wien, du Stadt der Lieder (USA 1930)
Vienna, City of Song (USA 1930)

  Hokuspokus (follow this link to view film)

  Die vom Rummelplatz (follow this link to view film)
Those of the Sideshow (USA 1932)
Fair People (1930 Int'l English)

  Die Korvettenkapitän
The Corvette Captain (USA 1933)

  Der Greifer
Night Birds

  Susanne macht Ordnung
Susanne Straightens Up

  Lieutnant, warst du einst bei den Husaren?
Lieutenant, Were You Once With the Hussars?

  Die Marquise von Pompadour
Madame Pompadour (USA 1930)

  In Wien hab' ich einmal ein Mädel geliebt
Once I Loved a Girl in Vienna (USA 1934)

1931 Der Liebesartzt
The Love Doctor

  Schatten der Unterwelt
Shadow of the Underworld

  Der Tanzhusar
Dancing Hussar (USA 1933)

  Um eine Nasenlänge
By a Nose

  Der Storch streikt
The Stork goes on Strike

  Die Schwebende Jungfrau
The Floating Virgin

  Der Hochtourist
The High Altitude Tourist

  Der Schlemihl
The Poor Snook

1932 Goldblondes Mädchen, ich schenk' Dir mein Herz
Golden blond Girl, I Offer You My Heart

  Wenn die Liebe Mode macht
When Love Makes Fashion

Short Films:

1931 Kabarettprogramm No. 2
Cabaret Program No. 2

  Kabarettprogramm No. 6
Cabaret Program No. 6

1932 Wer zahlt heute noch?
Who Still Pays these Days?

  Die erste Instruktionsstunde (Regie)
The First Lesson (director)

1933 Der falsche Hund
The Phony Cur (writer, director)

  Herr Doktor engagiert
The Doctor is Hiring

  Kaczmarcz als Rosenkavalier (Regie)
Kaczmarcz as the Rose Knight (director)

  Mord im Kohlenkeller (Regie)
Murder in the Coal Cellar (director)

  Hugos Nachtarbeit (Drehbuch, Regie)
Hugo's Night Job (writer, director)






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