Frank-Burkhard Habel

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Frank-Burkhard Habel , often with F.-B. Habel abbreviated (* 1953 in Berlin ), is a German film and television scholar and journalist as well as sporadic actor and screenwriter. He has also worked in other roles in film and television.


Habel grew up in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg , where he was able to gain his first stage experience as an actor as a child. In 1971 he became a member of the ensemble of the Berlin Theater on the 12th floor , initially working full-time as a unit manager at the German TV broadcaster - where he worked on some episodes of the TV series Polizeiruf 110 , but also on film adaptations by George Bernard Shaw , Noël Coward , Thomas Wolfe and Stanisław Lem - and later at the State Film Archive of the GDR . From the late 1970s to 1989, Habel also worked at the GDR State Film Archive .

From 1980 to 1984 he studied film history at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam , and until the 1990s he also appeared in several student films, such as the James Bond parody Live and Let Die , for which he was shown at the 1984 international student film festival was awarded as the best actor. He wrote his diploma thesis on DEFA's prickly animal productions . In the summer of 1989 he finished his work for government agencies and worked as a freelance writer, dramaturge, distributor, critic, juror, curator of exhibitions and film series, moderator and actor. He has also been a guest lecturer at various educational institutions in Germany and abroad. As a founding member and board member of the Film Communication Association , Habel co-founded the Cottbus Film Festival . Until 2005 he also belonged to the theater on the 12th floor , later Zimmer Theater Karlshorst . From 2009 to 2013 he was second chairman of the Kurt Tucholsky Society .

He has been active as a film journalist since the late 1970s. In the 1980s, Habel worked on the CineGraph - Lexicon for German-language film . Since the mid-1990s, Habel has published various books on film topics. In his books, Habel often deals with the history of cinema and television in the GDR. He writes regularly for the daily newspaper Junge Welt and occasionally for Neues Deutschland .



Production Manager:

Author and dramaturge:

  • 1983: every year again
  • 1987: Christmas Men (not completed)
  • 1995: Quartet of five - summer stories
  • 1995: Pariser Platz - Scenes from History
  • 2002: moonlight daydreams
  • 2003: Carneval of Melodies
  • 2004: The stars shine
  • 2010: That too!


  • 100 years of film. That was our cinema. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-89602-031-5 .
  • with Frank Eberlein: The Olsen Gang. The big book for fans. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-89602-056-0 .
  • Disgust Alfred. A heart and a soul. The big book for fans. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-89602-062-5 .
  • Gojko Mitic, Mustangs, torture stakes. The Defa Indian films. The big book for fans. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-89602-120-6 .
  • Crazy with desire. The film divas from the silent film era. A passionate look back to the time of the first stars. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1999 ISBN 3-89602-128-1 .
  • with Volker Wachter : Lexicon of the GDR Stars. Actors from film and television. Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-89602-304-7 .
  • The large lexicon of DEFA feature films. The complete documentation of all DEFA feature films from 1946 to 1993. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-89602-349-7 .
  • with Volker Wachter : The great lexicon of GDR stars. The actors from film and television. Extended new edition. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-89602-391-8 .
  • Cut films. Censorship in the cinema. Kiepenheuer, Leipzig 2003, ISBN 3-378-01069-X .
  • with Thomas Grossman: Dean Reed. The true story. Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-355-01738-1 .
  • What I should know about the Defa. 163 keywords about the Defa film. Defa Foundation, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-00-024166-6 .
  • Lexicon actors in the GDR. New Life Publishing House, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-355-01760-2 .

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