Eugene York

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Eugen York (born November 26, 1912 in Rybinsk , Russian Empire , † November 18, 1991 in Berlin ) was a German director and screenwriter .


Eugen York was born in Russia, but moved to Germany as a child and attended the French grammar school in Berlin . Even when he was still at school he showed an interest in film.

He initially worked as a film editor and assistant director . From 1937 he made some cultural films for the film company Universum Film, which was founded in 1917 . His teacher was the film director Walter Ruttmann . After working at Universum Film for about six years, he worked for the first time in 1943 as a director on scenes with a game plot in the propaganda articles Liese and Miese . In 1944 he directed the love film Heidesommer , which was his first full-length feature film , but could not be completed in 1945 due to the situation in Germany.

After York had worked in the dubbing for several years , he was inspired by the producer Artur Brauner in the autumn of 1947 to shoot the film Morituri , which deals with a mass escape of inmates of a concentration camp with the help of a camp doctor, in the cinemas, however, an absolute one It was a failure, it was received downright hostile. In the 1950s Eugen York made a series of films with Hans Albers in the lead role: Der Greifer , Das Herz von St. Pauli and Der Mann im Strom . Several crime films followed, such as The Girl with the Cat's Eyes with Joachim Fuchsberger and Nebelmörder with Hansjörg Felmy . After this work Eugen York withdrew more and more from the cinema and began to work more for television . Among other things, he staged numerous early evening series such as you write with , daring game or stewardesses . With the film The Law of the Clan , which he made in 1976, Eugen York made his comeback as a cinema director.

In 1983 and 1984 he was the director of three episodes of the crime series Ein Fall für Zwei ( chemistry of a murder , twilight and Mr. Pankraz please ) with Günter Strack and Claus Theo Gärtner in the leading roles. In the course of his career as a director between 1938 and 1984, he directed a total of 35 films.

York was temporarily married to the actress Catja Görna .

Filmography (selection)


His film Spiegel der Zeit received the first prize for cultural films at the international film show in Munich in 1938.

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