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Also Known As: Volker Schloendorff Died:
Born: March 31, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, assistant director

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Volker Schlondorff is one of the major directors of the New German Cinema, the group of filmmakers who, in the late 1960s and early 70s, revitalized a moribund German film culture. He studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris in the late 1950s and, between 1960 and 1964, worked as an assistant to directors including Louis Malle, Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville.

Volker Schlondorff is one of the major directors of the New German Cinema, the group of filmmakers who, in the late 1960s and early 70s, revitalized a moribund German film culture. He studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris in the late 1950s and, between 1960 and 1964, worked as an assistant to directors including Louis Malle, Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Ulzhan (2007)
2.
  Strike (2006)
3.
  Ninth Day, The (2004) Director
4.
  Legends of Rita (2000) Director
6.
  Palmetto (1998) Director
7.
  Ogre, The (1996) Director
8.
  Voyager (1991) Director
9.
  Handmaid's Tale, The (1990) Director
10.
  Gathering of Old Men, A (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
2.
3.
 Kinoerzaehler, Der (1993) Cameo Appearance
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1956:
Moved with family to Paris
1960:
First film as assistant director, "Zazie dans le Metro"
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Worked as assistant to Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle
1960:
Made first short film, "Who Cares?"
1965:
Returned to Germany
1966:
Directed first feature, "Young Torless"; earned an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film
1969:
Co-wrote and directed "Michael Kohlhaas"
1972:
With Margarethe von Trotta, co-wrote "A Free Woman"; also directed
1975:
Co-directed and co-wrote (with von Trotta), "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum/The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum"
1976:
Helmed an adaptation of Marguerite Yourcenar's novel "Coup de Grace"
1977:
Directed a 60-minute interview with actress Valeska Gert, "Nur zum Spass--nur zum Spiel"
1979:
Had biggest international success with "The Tin Drum"; first German film to receive the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film
1984:
Helmed "Swann in Love", adapted from Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu"
1985:
Directed Dustin Hoffman in a TV production of "Death of a Salesman" (CBS); earned an Emmy nomination as Best Director
1987:
Helmed second American TV-movie "A Gathering of Old Men" (CBS)
1989:
American directorial debut. "The Handmaid's Tale", scripted by Harold Pinter
1990:
Returned to live in Berlin
:
Served as managing director of Babelsberg Film Studios
1992:
First feature in three years, "Voyager"
1996:
Helmed "The Ogre" at Babelsberg Studios
1997:
Returned to the USA in part because of a case in Oklhoma involving the censorship of the video version of "The Tin Drum"; because of one scene of simulated oral sex, film was found in violation of local child pornagraphy ordinances; those who rented the film had the copies retrieved by police
1998:
Directed the noirish "Palmetto"
2000:
Received praise for "The Legends of Rita", a film about a terrorist; screened at the Berlin Film Festival; released in the USA in 2001
2001:
With Axel Geis, named joint chairman of the European Film Center
2004:
Helmed the German film, "The Ninth Day"
2006:
Helmed "Strike," a film about the beginning of the Solidarity movement in Poland
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Education

Lycee Henri IV: -
Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques: -
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1963
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1963

Notes

"After every serious movie, I would try to fo a thriller, something that wasn't so hard and demanding and tiresome. I would try to make a flick like everyone else. I always thought I could be a professional director who goes from one genre to another, which is how you keep it interesting for yourself." --Volker Schlondorff to Chicago Sun-Times, March 1, 1998.

On the matter of the censorship in Oklahoma, the director told The Boston Globe (February 22, 1998): "I thought this is not possible in America. But it's part of a whole political strategy. Certain people want to impose their values on others. Still, it is proof that this film is still vibrant."

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wife:
Margarethe Von Trotta. Director, actor. Married in 1969; divorced.
wife:
Angelika Schlondorff.

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father:
Georg Schlondorff. Doctor.

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