Hans Helmut Prinzler

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Hans Helmut Prinzler (born September 23, 1938 in Berlin ) is a German film scholar and author .


Prinzler grew up first in Berlin, from 1952 in Oberndorf am Neckar . After graduating from high school, he studied journalism, theater studies and German literature at the universities in Munich and Berlin between 1958 and 1966 . He then worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Journalism at the Free University of Berlin. In 1969 he moved to the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin , where he worked as a study director for ten years. In 1979 he became a speaker for events and publications at the Deutsche Kinemathek Foundation in Berlin and took over its management in 1990 after the death of long-time director Professor Heinz Rathsack . From September 2000 until his retirement in March 2006, he was also director of the newly founded Filmmuseum Berlin, which is affiliated to the Kinemathek . On the occasion of his retirement, the Kinemathek library was named after him.

He supported the Berlinale with his organizational work and was responsible for the festival for many years as director of the film series Retrospective . Prinzler has been a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts since 1996 , where he was director of the film and media arts section from 2000 to 2009. From 2009 to 2012 he was chairman of the rbb broadcasting council . From 2010 to 2014 he was a curator at the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin .


Filmography (selection)

  • 2007/2008: Eye to Eye - A German Film History , Direction and Screenplay together with Michael Althen


Prinzler is co-author and editor of several books on topics related to the film:

  • with Hans Günter Pflaum: Film in the Federal Republic of Germany. Hanser, Munich et al. 1979, ISBN 3-446-12434-9 .
  • as editor with Wolfgang Jacobsen : Käutner (= Edition Films. 8). Wissenschafts-Verlag Volker Spiess, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-89166-159-2 .
  • as editor with Wolfgang Jacobsen and Anton Kaes: History of German Film. JB Metzler, Stuttgart et al. 1993, ISBN 3-476-00883-5 .
  • as editor with Gabriele Jatho: New Hollywood 1967–1976. Trouble in Wonderland (= retrospective. 2004). Bertz, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-86505-154-5 .
  • Light and shadow. The great silent and sound films of the Weimar Republic. 335 film frames from "Mother Krause" to "Dr. Mabuse ”. Schirmer Mosel, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-8296-0588-5 .

Literature (selection)

  • Frederik Lang: Portrait of Hans Helmut Prinzler . In: Archive of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin ( online ).
  • Werner Sudendorf: Hans Helmut Prinzler 80th . In: filmdienst. The portal for cinema and film culture ( online ).
  • Wilhelm Roth: Hans Helmut Prinzler is 80 . In: epd Film , September 17, 2018 ( online ).

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