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:
- 1968: Ida Rogalski - TV series
- 1968: the kidnapper
- 1970: The Millionaire Game (and script)
- 1971: I'm not a bird
- 1971: The crime scene - Kressin and the truck to Liège
- 1976: Scary Stories (TV series, several episodes)
- 1977: Where are you going, Kutti?
- 1978: Lady of the Camellias
- 1978: Hello, I'm from over there (and script)
- 1985: Via Mala , based on the novel by John Knittel
- 1987: The Owl's Cry, based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith
- 1988: crash
- 1990: Bismarck (TV three-part series of the BR)
- 1993: King of the last days , two-parter
- 1994: Deutschlandlied
- 1995: The Drinker
- 1998: Lonny, the climber (and screenplay)
- 2001: When Love Is Lost (and script)
- Cooperative of German Stage Members (publisher), German Stage Yearbook 2007 , Verlag Bühnenschriften-Vertriebs-Gesellschaft mbH, Hamburg, 2007, page 872
- Literature by and about Tom Toelle in the catalog of the German National Library
- Tom Toelle in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Tom Toelle at filmportal.de
- faz.net: Director Tom Toelle died Article from March 28, 2006
- Tom Toelle Archive in the Archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
- knerger.de: Tom Toelle's grave
- Tom Toelle Archive Inventory overview on the website of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German director|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 19, 1931|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 25, 2006|
|Place of death||Munich|