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Also Known As: Bernhardt Wicki Died: January 5, 2000
Born: October 28, 1919 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, stills photographer

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Key figure of post-war German cinema whose preoccupation with recent German history anticipated the work of the New German Cinema.As an actor, Wicki's memorable early screen roles include the Yugoslav partisan in Helmut Kautner's anti-war film "The Last Bridge" (1954), one of the officers conspiring against Hitler in G.W. Pabst's "It Happened in Broad Daylight" (1955) and the dying friend in Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte" (1961). After a 15-year hiatus, Wicki returned to screen acting in 1976, appearing mostly in character parts (he played the Germanic Dr. Ulmer--in the middle of Texas--in Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas" 1984).As a director, Wicki first gained international attention with the adroitly handled anti-war film, "The Bridge" (1959) and was named best director at Berlin for "The Miracle of Malachias" (1961). He also directed the German section of the Hollywood WWII epic "The Longest Day" (1962) and the Marlon Brando spy thriller "Morituri" (1965).Wicki's more recent work includes two films adapted from Joseph Roth: "The False Weight" (1971), about the fall of the Hapsburg Dynasty, and "The Spider's Web" (1989), on the rise of Nazism.

Key figure of post-war German cinema whose preoccupation with recent German history anticipated the work of the New German Cinema.

As an actor, Wicki's memorable early screen roles include the Yugoslav partisan in Helmut Kautner's anti-war film "The Last Bridge" (1954), one of the officers conspiring against Hitler in G.W. Pabst's "It Happened in Broad Daylight" (1955) and the dying friend in Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte" (1961). After a 15-year hiatus, Wicki returned to screen acting in 1976, appearing mostly in character parts (he played the Germanic Dr. Ulmer--in the middle of Texas--in Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas" 1984).

As a director, Wicki first gained international attention with the adroitly handled anti-war film, "The Bridge" (1959) and was named best director at Berlin for "The Miracle of Malachias" (1961). He also directed the German section of the Hollywood WWII epic "The Longest Day" (1962) and the Marlon Brando spy thriller "Morituri" (1965).

Wicki's more recent work includes two films adapted from Joseph Roth: "The False Weight" (1971), about the fall of the Hapsburg Dynasty, and "The Spider's Web" (1989), on the rise of Nazism.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Das Spinnennetz (1989) Director
2.
  Grunstein-Variante, Die (1984) Director
3.
4.
  Falsche Gewicht, Das (1971) Director
5.
  Morituri (1965) Director
6.
  The Visit (1964) Director
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  The Longest Day (1962) Dir German episodes
8.
  The Bridge (1961) Director
9.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Martha and I (1991) Narration
2.
 Erfolg (1991) Doctor Bichler
3.
 Killing Cars (1991) Von Der Muhle
4.
 Fruhlingssinfonie (1986) Baron Von Fricken
5.
 Marie Ward (1985) George Abbot
6.
 Liebe in Deutschland, Eine (1984) Dr Borg
7.
 Dangerous Moves (1984) Puhl
8.
 Paris, Texas (1984) Doctor Ulmer
9.
 Domino (1984) Lehrter
10.
 Deathwatch (1980) Katherine'S Father
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Milestones close milestones

1938:
Stage acting debut
1938:
Was arrested and incarcerated for ten months at the Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen because of his communist views and his membership in the radical Bauhaus school of architecture
1945:
Began stage directing career, working in Switzerland, Monaco and Germany
1950:
Screen acting debut in "The Falling Star"
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Worked as assistant to film director Helmut Kautner; acted in his "The Last Bridge" (1953)
1958:
Film directing debut, the feature-length documentary "Why Are They Among Us?"
1959:
Fiction feature directing debut, "The Bridge"
1960:
Published book of photographs
1965:
Hollywood directing debut, "Morituri/The Saboteur, Code Name Morituri"
1989:
Helmed the epic "Das Spinnennetz/The Spider's Web"; debuted at the Cannes Film Festival
1990:
Narrated "Martha and I"
1990:
Acted in Antonioni's "La Notte"
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wife:
Agnes Fink. Actor. In films by Wicki, Margarethe von Trotta and others; born on December 14, 1919; married from 1945 until her death on October 28, 1994.
wife:
Elisabeth Endriss. Actor.

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