Tom Toelle

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Tom Toelle (born May 19, 1931 in Berlin , † March 25, 2006 in Munich ) was a German director .


In 1950 Toelle began studying philosophy and history at the Free University of Berlin , but was also working as an assistant director on Berlin theaters and later even on radio and television, which is why he gave up his studies in 1954. He also wrote radio plays , made commercials and staged plays at the Hamburg Thalia Theater and the Schauspielhaus there, as well as at the Schillertheater and Schlossparktheater in Berlin and the Zurich Schauspielhaus , but also at the Bad Hersfeld Festival . He also staged operas at the Aalto Theater in Essen .

His most famous directorial work was the scandalous television film Das Millionenspiel based on a book by Wolfgang Menge , for which he was awarded the Prix ​​Italia in 1971 . The film, on whose screenplay he co-wrote, anticipated the development of the medium of television, which was driven by advertising income, in the period before the advent of private broadcasters.

In 1985 Toelle shot the film Via Mala with Mario Adorf in the lead role , and in 1995 the equally sensational film Der Trinker based on Hans Fallada 's novel of the same name with Harald Juhnke in the title role (script: Ulrich Plenzdorf ). Toelle wrote the script himself for many of his films.

From 1981 to 1989, Toelle was, in addition to his directorial work, together with Eberhard Hauff, executive director of the Bundesverband Regie (BVR) in Munich, the professional association of film and television directors in Germany. In 1994 he became a lecturer at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg , where in 1998 he was appointed professor for the "Directing / Scenic Film" course. Tom Toelle was married to the actress Ulli Philipp .

Tom Toelle was buried in the north cemetery in Munich.

His written estate is in the archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.


Toelle directed the following film productions:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Tom Toelle's grave
  2. Tom Toelle Archive Inventory overview on the website of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.