Brigitte Helm

Brigitte Helm

Additional Names: Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm (Weiterer Name); Eva Gisela Schittenhelm (Geburtsname)
Darstellerin
*17.03.1906 Berlin; †11.06.1996 Ascona, Schweiz

Biography

Brigitte Helm - Actress

Schooled between 1916-24 in the Johanna-Covent in Werftpfuhl (Mark Brandenburg), she acquired her first theater experience in school productions. After completing her schooling, she played the double role of young girl and machine woman Maria in Fritz Lang’s film "Metropolis" (1925/26). As a result, she got a ten year contract with Ufa.

In 1927 she performed leading roles like the miller’s daughter Magda in Karl Grune’s "Am Rande der Welt" (At the Edge of the World) and the blind woman in G. W. Pabsts "Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney" (The Love of Jeanne Ney). With the success of Henrik Galeen’s "Alraune" (A Daughter of Destiny) she is pigeonholed into playing the vamp, a poised, statue-like beauty. Helm files a suit against the Ufa in order to get other roles, and finally an agreement is reached.

In 1928/29 she plays the lead in the melodrama "Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna" (The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna), in which her noble and loving character kills herself with poison. She successfully made the transition to sound movies in 1930, playing alongside famous tenor Jan Kiepura in "Die singende Stadt" (The Singing City). As Gilgi in the movie adaptation of Irmgard Keun's "Eine von uns" (One of Us), she plays a contemporary female character, who has her own job, yet still dreams of perfect love.

She presented her last vamp role in 1932 as the desert queen Atinea in Pabst’s "Die Herrin von Atlantis" (The Queen of Atlantis), performing in all three language versions of the film, as she also worked on films both in France and England. In 1935, she made her last appearance on the screen in "Ein idealer Gatte" (An Ideal Husband). With the end of her Ufa-contract, Helm retired from filmmaking. She married the industrialist Hugo Kunheim and moved to Ascona, where she led a very secluded private life. In 1968, she was awarded the Golden Film Ribbon for her lifetime contribution to German cinema

Brigitte Helm passed away in Ascona on June 11th 1996.

Filmography

1977/1978 Wie im Traum
Cast
 
1957/1958 Das gab's nur einmal
Participation
 
1935 Ein idealer Gatte
Cast
 
1934 Die Insel
Cast
 
1934 Vers l'abîme
Cast
 
1934 Fürst Woronzeff
Cast
 
1934 L'Or
Cast
 
1934 Le secret des Woronzeff
Cast
 
1933/1934 Gold
Cast
 
1933 Inge und die Millionen
Cast
 
1933 Adieu les beaux jours
Cast
 
1933 Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez
Cast
 
1933 L'étoile de Valencia
Cast
 
1932/1933 Spione am Werk
Cast
 
1932/1933 Der Läufer von Marathon
Cast
 
1932 The Mistress of Atlantis
Cast
 
1932 Voyage de noces
Cast
 
1932 Hochzeitsreise zu Dritt
Cast
 
1932 Eine von uns
Cast
 
1932 Die Herrin von Atlantis
Cast
 
1932 L'Atlantide
Cast
 
1931/1932 Die Gräfin von Monte Christo
Cast
 
1931 Gloria
Cast
 
1931 Im Geheimdienst
Cast
 
1931 Gloria [Dt. Version]
Cast
 
1930 Die singende Stadt
Cast
 
1929/1930 Alraune
Cast
 
1929 Manolescu
Cast
 
1928/1929 Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna
Cast
 
1928/1929 Rund um die Liebe
Participation
 
1928 Der Skandal in Baden-Baden
Cast
 
1928 Die Yacht der sieben Sünden
Cast
 
1928 Abwege
Cast
 
1927 Am Rande der Welt
Cast
 
1927 Alraune
Cast
 
1927 Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney
Cast
 
1925/1926 Metropolis
Cast
 

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