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Unforgettable moments with a world star and Zürihegel

He has played many unforgettable roles, but one of his best of Jonathan carpenter was in "The American friend" by Wim Wenders. This was in 1977 and one of the first performances of Bruno Ganz in the world of cinema: Dennis Hopper played in the Patricia-Highsmith-adaptation of the Tom Ripley, he was but a terminally ill picture Framer from Hamburg, a murderer, because he wants to leave his family money. Before the fact a specialist in Paris, examines him, they talk French, but all of a sudden the doctor wants to know from the patient if he or she is a Swiss. "Zürihegel!", this in the broadest dialect replied.

years later, Bruno smiled, in Whole or thief, when you reminded him in an Interview to the Passage. And mentioned a second point in the Film, just before the end. He said a further zürideutschen sentence, he himself had proposed: "Äs is so dark," he calls, and curving his orange VW beetle on the beach by the sea. Now it has become completely dark for him. The Swiss actor with a worldwide reputation died the day before yesterday at the age of 77 years. Last year, colon was diagnosed with cancer, already in the course of performances as was said in the next Film by Bettina Oberli, he had to cancel.

Not many knew that he was Swiss, as he was in the 1970s on the German stage plays and films. He worked at the Berlin Schaubühne with all sizes, trips to the movie, there was only rarely and if, then, these were quite international: played in Germany ("knife in the head"), in France ("La Marquise d'o."), but also in Switzerland ("The inventor"). In Interviews he gave with age, more often, he told of his work for the theatre Director Peter Stein. But also from Growing up with an Italian mother in Zurich-Seebach. "I refused, unfortunately, to speak with her in her language," said the later Italienfan, was also in Venice in an apartment. Italian he had learned from construction workers in the district.

He could. roles and Directors, choosing your

at the beginning of his career he was regarded as a closed and stubborn Later, he spoke openly about this time, his pursuit of perfection on the stage, but also his alcohol addiction. For example, in 1998 in a Sunday interview: "I know now that there are only two Alternatives: either (in one direction) or so (pointing to the other). No more so somehow. And if I want to restore something in my profession, it's the only way (pointing in the first direction)." He has found the right direction at the time, and not a drop touched. And when he had to play five, ten years later, in "night train to Lisbon," an alcoholic, he did after some Hesitation. Of course, very convincing.

No one could how he of melancholy, whimsy and hardness in a view combine. And, at the latest, the Hitler role in "downfall," was Bruno arrived in world cinema. He was able to pick roles and Directors, played for Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott and Lars von Trier, on the side of Matt Dillon, Michael Fassbender and Kristin Scott Thomas. Maybe that was a little did not get a satisfaction for a role, which he told as Wim Wenders, Steven Spielberg hired him in practice, for "Schindler's List" and decided at the last moment for Liam Neeson.

Among all the prices of the Oscar

Bruno Ganz countless theatre and film prizes, was missing. Actually, only the Oscar, he was in "The fall" close to it is missing. But he also knew: "Nobody wins when Hitler an Oscar." For this he was showered with praise from colleagues. And enjoyed the recognition of visually.

Hitler, angel, Alpöhi – the famous roles of Bruno Ganz "As a German, I would not have played the role, perhaps": "The fall" was Bruno Ganz is world-famous. Video: Tamedia/sda

One of the most beautiful of Bruno-stories comes from his Swedish colleagues, Stellan Skarsgård. The two played in the black crime "strength idiots", in the Nordic countries a Norwegian snow plow driver who wants revenge for the death of the son. And the Swiss, a Serbian mafia boss. At the end of the movie they finally meet each other, the two acting giants: "The Director has written a scene with a lot of ornate sets," says Skarsgård, "but then Bruno came to rehearsals and said, "let us set to delete". The film's Director agreed. All of las more, and said, "this, this and this". At the end, not a single sentence remained."

The two now sit silent next to each other. The scene is great.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 17.02.2019, 07:42 PM

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