Friedrich Luft was the son of a German teacher and a Scottish mother. His older brother was the German-American physiologist and university professor Ulrich Cameron Luft . Friedrich Luft grew up in Friedenauer Kaiserallee 74 (today: Bundesallee ) and attended the nearby Friedenau grammar school on Maybachplatz (today: Perelsplatz ). He studied German , English and history in Berlin and Königsberg . He listened to Max Herrmann 's lectures on theater history with great interest . From 1936 he was a freelance author . He wrote feature articles for the Berliner Tageblatt and the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung . He wrote numerous scripts for the Heeresfilmstelle , for example for the films The Carrier Pigeon in Action and The Horse and the Gas Mask for the Horse . He also produced texts for the cabaret artist Werner Finck . In 1940 he married the illustrator Heide Thilo.
Immediately after the Second World War , he first worked for the Tagesspiegel, which was founded in 1945 . He had a column entitled Urbanus with everyday sketches from the post-war Berlin period that are still worth reading . These were published in 1948 by Suhrkamp Verlag under the title Daily papers by Urbanus . The Neue Zeitung , founded in 1947 by the US occupation forces, took him into service as the feature editor of its Berlin edition, as a theater and film critic until it ceased publication in 1955.
Above all, however, he was the "voice of criticism" at the radio station RIAS . Every Sunday lunchtime, from the first broadcast on February 9, 1946 - at that time still on DIAS (wire radio in the American sector) - until October 28, 1990 shortly before his death, he spoke in this role about Berlin theater premieres of the previous week. His rhetorical peculiarities were his fast and sometimes breathlessly choppy speaking, a sometimes drastic expression combined with baroque flourishes as well as the same, recurring saying goodbye to the listeners:
“We'll talk again in a week. As always - same time, same place, same wave. Yours Friedrich Luft. "
Friedrich Luft spoke fluent English . He lived and worked for 50 years until his death near Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberger Maienstraße 4. A plaque commemorates the critic that was very popular in Berlin at the time. Luft was buried in the Dahlem forest cemetery. The common grave with his wife Heide, who worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, is in Dept. 8U-43. His grave is dedicated to the city of Berlin as an honorary grave .
In 1991 the "Friedrich-Luft-Archiv" was set up in the Academy of the Arts . It contains manuscripts of the reviews of his radio broadcast Voice of Criticism as well as a collection of Luft's newspaper reviews and glosses from the years 1945 to 1990, his library and a tape archive with recordings of his radio programs from the holdings of the RIAS.
- Balloons . 1939
- Urbanus daily papers . 1948
- Puella on the island (children's book). 1949
- Nonsense in a beautiful shape ... - From the profundity of our speakers and writers. In: Die Welt , May 4, 1957
- Gustaf Gründgens . Rembrandt-Verlag, Berlin 1958 (2nd edition 1960)
- About the great, beautiful silence ( Charlie Chaplin biography). 1958
- Berlin theater 1945–1961 . Erhard Friedrich Verlag Velber near Hanover 1961 (2nd edition 1962)
- Air leaps . 1962
- Voice of criticism . Velber near Hanover 1965 (first and second edition 1961 under the title Berliner Theater 1945–1961 )
- Voice of criticism. Theater events since 1965 , Stuttgart 1979.
- The voice of criticism. Conversation with Hans-Christoph Knebusch . In the Witnesses of the Century series , 1991.
Radio plays (selection)
- 1953: Karl Farkas : By candlelight - arrangement (word): Curth Flatow , composition: Robert Katscher , arrangement (music): Heinrich Riethmüller , director: Rolf Kutschera (theater recording - RIAS Berlin)
- 1953: Franz von Schönthan and Paul von Schönthan : The Robbery of the Sabine Women (moderator) - adaptation (word): Friedrich Luft, director: Willi Sämann; Hanns Korngiebel (theater recording - RIAS Berlin)
- Petra Kohse: Same place, same wave - Friedrich Luft and his time. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1998, ISBN 978-3-351-02482-6 .
- Hans-Jörg von Jena : The critic Friedrich air. A trusted contemporary . In: Junge Freiheit of February 12, 1999, with reference to the published biography of Petra Kohse
- Ulrich Weinzierl : A theater legend named Friedrich Luft. In: Die Welt , December 24, 2010.
- Wilfried F. Schoeller (Ed.): Friedrich Luft: “About the Berlin air. Feuilletons. “ The Other Library , Berlin, ISBN 978-3-847-70405-8 .
- Literature by and about Friedrich Luft in the catalog of the German National Library
- Activities as an actor and screenwriter in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Friedrich-Luft-Archiv in the archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
- The voice of criticism on Deutschlandradio
- Werner Schwipps: Book review of Petra Kohse's monograph Same place, same wave. Friedrich Luft and his time. ( Memento of September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), Communications from the Study Group on Broadcasting and History - Information from the German Broadcasting Archive , 1998
- Academy of Arts: Friedrich Luft Archive , Archive of Performing Arts
- Friedrich Luft Prize 2018 goes to the Deutsche Theater Berlin , Theater der Zeit
- Germany radio .com, book market December 16 2018, Tobias Lehmkuhl : Ironically cultural critic of the city (16 December 2018)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German theater critic|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 24, 1911|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin-Friedenau|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 24, 1990|
|Place of death||Berlin|