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Hitler and Alpöhi – famous film roles of Bruno Ganz in the Video

Bruno Ganz Seebach grew up as the son of an Italian mother and a Swiss factory worker in Zurich. Early on, he decided to become an actor. Even before high school, he left the school, took night courses at the Zurich stage, Studio, and attended occasional classes at the acting school.

in addition to stage work, also the Film devoted himself Entirely from the mid-70s. There he became quickly one of the most important faces of the New German cinema. Under the direction of Wim Wenders, he played the title role in "The American friend", as well as an angel in "The sky over Berlin". For his role as a sad, a waiter in "bread and tulips", he was awarded the Swiss film prize as best actor.

for a Long time the "German dreamer was defined as a canvas cast in the role of the sensitive Intellectuals," such as the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" once wrote. The "distinct break", as he called it, came when he took over under Bernd Eichinger, the main role in "The downfall" (2004), which shows the last twelve days in the führer's bunker in Berlin.

His power, to show Hitler as a Monster and people, won him unlimited praise from the critics. "The Hitler impression he conveys is in fact stupendous – the doughy skin, the trembling Hand, the hopelessness, the anger, the last remnant of charm," wrote the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". After his masterly performance in his role offers were more flexible. Among other things, he embodied in "The Baader-Meinhof-complex" the former BKA chief Horst Herold.

"I'm Swiss, and old enough, so this needs to be done"

other surprising roles. In 2015, he played the Alpöhi in the movie "Heidi". He didn't had no choice, the role to reject, he said in an Interview. "This is a national myth, I am a Swiss, and old enough, so this needs to be done."

English, French, German and Italian language fluently. He played 2012 with Luc Bondy in his role as a bad father Max in Harold Pinter's family drama "The homecoming" at the Paris Odéon in French.

in 2018, had to cancel his Engagement at the Salzburg festival due to a bowel cancer. Now he's succumbed to the cancer.


Created: 16.02.2019, 16:50 PM

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