Karl Anton

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Karl Anton (born October 25, 1898 in Prague , Austria-Hungary , † April 12, 1979 in Berlin ) was a German film director , screenwriter and film producer .


The son of the medical professor Wilhelm Anton and his wife Gisela attended a convent school up to the Matura . He then got theater engagements as an actor in Vienna , Linz and Prague . During the First World War he worked on documentary recordings. In 1920 he became a camera assistant and was able to direct his first Czech film as a director the following year.

In 1923 he founded Anton-Film , which was later renamed Sonor-Film . After the start of the sound film era, Karl Anton settled in Paris in 1931 , produced several French versions of Paramount films and directed comedies. In 1935 he went to Berlin and now worked for the Tobis film company .

Karl Anton's grave in the Dahlem Forest Cemetery in Berlin

Anton reached the peak of his career during the Second World War , when he created lavish revue films such as Wir Tanz um die Welt (1939) and Star of Rio (1940) as well as crime comedies such as Peter Voss, the Thief of the Million (1943/44, released 1946). In the propaganda film Ohm Krüger (1941) he was responsible for the crowd scenes and provided a justification for the German attack on Yugoslavia with the idea for people in the storm (1941).

After the end of the war, Anton first worked in Switzerland and then found connection to the Federal Republican film scene of the 1950s. He ended his directorial work with the Edgar Wallace film The Avenger (1960). Karl Anton Film GmbH , founded in Berlin, continued to produce cultural, industrial and advertising films.

He was married to Ruth Buchardt-Hansen for the second time since 1940 and has two daughters.

Karl Anton died in Berlin in 1979 at the age of 80 and was buried in the Dahlem forest cemetery.



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  1. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin tombs . Haude & Spener, Berlin 2006. p. 281.