Ulrich Schamoni

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Ulrich Schamoni (born November 9, 1939 in Berlin ; † March 9, 1998 there ) was a German film director , screenwriter , actor and media entrepreneur .


Ulrich Schamoni was born into a film family. His father Victor Schamoni was, among other things, a director and film scholar, his mother Maria a scriptwriter. The father died in 1942 in World War II . Ulrich and his three brothers Thomas , Victor and Peter were evacuated with their mother in 1944 to Iserlohn , where Maria Schamoni's mother lived. After the end of the war, Schamoni attended the Archbishop's Convict for two years in Werl . From this time onwards, Schamoni's uncle Wilhelm Schamoni became a father substitute for him and his brothers. Ulrich Schamoni portrayed him in 1982 in the television film Der Vikar von Helmeringhausen or What good is it for eternity . The family later moved to Münster , where Schamoni attended grammar school. After dropping out of high school shortly before graduating from high school in 1957, Schamoni went to Munich , briefly attended Ruth von Zerboni's drama school and then returned to Berlin. Here he worked from 1959 to 1964 as an assistant director , among others with Hans Lietzau and Wilhelm Dieterle and above all his "director's father" Rudolf Noelte , from whom he said he learned the most. At the age of 20, Schamoni wrote his novel Your son sends greetings , which was immediately indexed as harmful to young people after it was published in 1962 .

Schamoni made his first short film as a director in 1964: the documentary film Hollywood in Deblatschka Pescara , which was released in 1965, was awarded a Federal Film Prize in 1965. With a bit of luck and a bit of luck , another documentary followed in 1965. Schamoni also directed his first feature film Es in 1965 , which explores the relationship crisis of an unmarried young couple ( Sabine Sinjen , Bruno Dietrich ). The film was a success with critics and audiences and in 1966 won a total of five federal film awards. Three others and the “ Silver Bear ” from the Berlin Film Festival in 1967 went to Alle Jahre again in 1967 , Schamoni's ironic reckoning with the bourgeois double standard of his former adopted home of Münster. In 1967 he used the proceeds from Es to buy a single-family house at 19 Furtwänglerstraße in Berlin. It became his residence and also his place of work. In 1968 he followed up with a funny portrait of the left-wing alternative Berlin culture and student scene with a quartet in bed .

Schamoni's grave in Berlin

With his films, which are new in terms of both content and form, Ulrich Schamoni established himself - like his brother Peter - as a leading representative of the New German Cinema . Schamoni wanted to tackle German commercial cinema with his films and campaigned for a new realism in cinema. From 1978 he also produced films for German television. Schamoni later turned away from film and became a media entrepreneur. In 1987 he founded the second private Berlin radio station Hundert, 6 , followed in 1992 by the first local television station IA TV , where he also had a daily commentary. He later left both companies.

Ulrich Schamoni died of leukemia on March 9, 1998 in Berlin and was buried in the forest cemetery in Zehlendorf in field 039-679.

On March 15, 2012, the documentary film Farewell to the Frogs about Schamoni's life was shown in German cinemas . This was made by his daughter Ulrike on the basis of his personal film diaries and shows Ulrich Schamoni even during his illness.


  • 1965: Hollywood in Deliblatzka Pescara (director)
  • 1965: Spirit and a Little Happiness (TV film, director)
  • 1965: Es (Director / Screenplay / Actor)
  • 1966: Charly May (screenplay)
  • 1966: The Letter (Actor)
  • 1966/67: Every year again (director / screenplay)
  • 1967: A Scent of Flowers (TV Movie, Actor)
  • 1967: Lockenköpfchen - The Chronicle of Wilfried S. or How do you manipulate reality? (Director / screenplay)
  • 1968: Quartet in Bed (Director / Screenplay)
  • 1969: For My Children - by Vati (Direction)
  • 1969: The Return (TV Movie, Actor)
  • 1970: We - two (director / screenplay / actor)
  • 1971: Eins (Director / Screenplay / Actor)
  • 1972: My Brother Willi (Director / Screenplay)
  • 1973: On the reservation (TV film, actor)
  • 1974: Chapeau Claque (Director / Screenplay / Actor)
  • 1979: What would we be without us (TV series, director / screenplay)
  • 1980: That's How It Works (TV Series, Actor)
  • 1980: The Dream House (Director)
  • 1981: The Nightmare Woman (Actor)
  • 1982: The Vicar of Helmeringhausen or What good is it for eternity (TV film about Wilhelm Schamoni , director)
  • 1982: Ullis Allerlei (TV film, director / actor)
  • 1983: The Usher (Actor)
  • 1984: How They Lived Every Day (TV series, director)
  • 1985: Alles Paletti (TV film, actor)
  • 2012: Farewell to the frogs , posthumously by Schamonis daughter Ulrike released


Web links

Commons : Ulrich Schamoni  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Maria Schamoni: My Schamonis . Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung, Munich 1983, pp. 158–1959.
  2. Ulrich Schamoni: Ullis Allerlei . Documentary film 1982.
  3. Lutz Hachmeister , Christine Schulte: "... as soon as you are successful, you get into the line of fire". Conversation with Ulrich Schamoni . In: Medium , No. 4, 1984.
  4. ^ Biography of Ulrich Schamoni. In: Hilmar Hoffmann (Ed.): Peter Schamoni film pieces . Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2003, p. 193.
  5. a b Ulrich Schamoni on schamoni.de, accessed on March 24, 2015.
  6. Peter W. Jansen: The double life . In: Der Tagesspiegel , March 11, 1998, p. 31.
  7. ^ Announcement by the production company Ziegler Film