Peter Berling

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Peter Berling at the Berlinale 2016

Peter Berling (born March 20, 1934 in Meseritz-Obrawalde ; † November 21, 2017 in Rome ) was a German film producer , writer and actor .


Berling grew up in Berlin and Osnabrück after the Second World War . His father was the architect Max H. Berling . Peter Berling left the school without a high school , then completed a bricklayer and then studied at the Polytechnic a semester long architecture . He then studied graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich ; later he came to film through commercials.

He has appeared in more than 130 films, for example directed by Werner Herzog , Martin Scorsese , Helmut Dietl , Jean-Jacques Annaud , Volker Schlöndorff , Liliana Cavani and in films by Helge Schneider . He was also known as a producer (including for Rainer Werner Fassbinder ), critic and chronicler. About Fassbinder, Berling wrote the biographical text The 13 Years of Rainer Werner Fassbinder , in which he describes in detail the life and work of the director. He also wrote several scripts or worked on them, including the controversial film Play We Love from 1977. He has lived in the Roman district of Trastevere since 1969 .

Berling still appeared on television in old age, for example regularly in the shows 10 vor 11 and Prime-Time / Spätausgabe , in which he slipped into various roles and costumes and was questioned by Alexander Kluge with mock seriousness. Only in the broadcast did he find out who he was and what the broadcast was about.

The writer and his sources of inspiration

Berling had been successful as a writer of novels set in the Middle Ages since the early 1990s. For some of his medieval novels processed Berling, the conspiracy theory about the Priory of Sion , the book crusade against the Grail of the SS -Offiziers and esotericist Otto Rahn and the report itinerary Willelmi de Rubruc of William of Rubruck about his trip to the Mongols and the biography Vie de Saint Louis by Jean de Joinville .


Berling's works are primarily published by the publishers Bastei Lübbe Verlag , Ullstein Verlag and Hoffmann & Campe .

Grail cycle

  1. The Children of the Grail (1991), ISBN 3-404-12060-4
  2. The Blood of Kings (1993), ISBN 3-404-12368-9
  3. The crown of the world (1995), ISBN 3-404-12634-3
  4. The Black Cup (1997), ISBN 3-404-14262-4
  5. The Princess Kilim (2005), ISBN 3-7857-2193-5 (new edition from 2006, ISBN 3-404-15539-4 )

Prehistory to the Grail Cycle

The following three books are independent of each other, but provide a prehistory of the Grail Cycle.

Single novels

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : Peter Berling  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Peter Berling is dead ,, November 22, 2017, accessed on November 23, 2017
  2. a b As a guest at SWR People on May 27, 2009
  3. Ijoma Mangold: The Alleszermalmer . Portrait of Peter Berling In: Die Zeit , January 19, 2012, page 41 online
  4. Broadcasts with Peter Berling on dctp's webTV , accessed on September 12, 2014
  5. Video As a guest Roche & Böhmermann (November 4, 2012)  in the ZDFmediathek , accessed on February 6, 2014. (offline)