Norbert Falk

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Norbert Falk.

Norbert Falk , also Fred Orbing , (born November 5, 1872 in Weißkirchen , † September 16, 1932 in Berlin ) was an Austro-German journalist and writer with great success as a screenwriter for German films during the Weimar Republic .

Live and act

The Moravian merchant's son attended grammar school and began his journalistic work as an employee of smaller newspapers such as 'Gesellschaft'. In 1895 he became the local editor of the Berlin 'Small Journal'. In the following year he worked as a critic for the first time. In 1900 the Berliner Morgenpost brought him up and employed him as a features editor and theater critic. At the same time he worked as an editor for the Berliner Illustrirten Zeitung . Norbert Falk later made a name for himself above all as the features editor of the daily newspaper BZ am Mittag and was considered one of the most influential theater critics in Germany in Berlin in the first third of the 20th century.

Falk published his own works (novels, comedies and jokes) as early as 1896. He also edited a number of anthologies, which were mainly devoted to humorous literature.

Soon after the end of the First World War, the director Ernst Lubitsch persuaded him to work on the script for three of his most famous monumental and historical productions ( Madame Dubarry , Anna Boleyn , Das Frau des Pharao ). Falk wrote two of these manuscripts, which he wrote together with Lubitsch's preferred author Hanns Kräly , under the pseudonym Fred Orbing. Afterwards, Falk turned his back on the cinema for a few years.

After a few scripts for ancillary cinematic works in 1927/28, Norbert Falk began working for the sound film in 1930. His second sound film was also to be his last and most famous work for the cinema: Together with Robert Liebmann , the UFA specialist for musical and comedic subjects, he wrote the manuscript for the lively musical comedy romance Der Kongreß tanzt , one of the few world successes of German cinema before the dawn of the National Socialist era .

When Falk died at the age of less than 60 in his adopted home Berlin, he was recognized as a critic "who played a major role in the upward trend in Berlin theaters."

Filmography (complete)

Script contributions as named author

Works (selection)

  • 1896: Lieb im Spiel (comedy)
  • 1896: Sons law (novel)
  • 1906: Master book of stories (anthology)
  • 1908: Master book of humor (anthology)
  • 1909: Treasury (Tales of World Literature)
  • 1911: The Book of Laughter (anthology)
  • 1913: The Book of Strange Stories (anthology)
  • 1920: Susanne Stranzky (novel)
  • 1921: Anna Boleyn (novel)


Web links

Commons : Norbert Falk  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. cit. according to the German stage yearbook. Vol. 44, 1933, ISSN  0070-4431 , p. 122.