Kurt Siodmak

Kurt Siodmak

Additional Names: Curt Siodmak (Weiterer Name); Curtis Siodmak (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*10.08.1902 Dresden; †02.09.2000 Three Rivers, Kalifornien, USA

Biography

Kurt Siodmak was born August 10, 1902, in Dresden. He studied mathematics and began to publish stories from the mid-1920s on. In 1928, Siodmak started to write screenplays and developed the documentary feature film "Menschen am Sonntag" (People on Sunday) which eventually became the first success for his brother, director Robert Siodmak. The film version of Siodmak's novel "F.P. 1 antwortet nicht" (F.P.1 Doesn't Answer) about the construction of an aeroplane platform in the middle of the ocean was Siodmak's last film in Germany before he left for Tessin in 1933 and later went to France to escape the Nazi regime.

In France, Siodmak wrote the script for "La crise est finie" (The Depression Is Over), an optimistic evocation of the crisis, directed by his brother Robert. But due to his insufficient command of the French language, Siodmak had to leave for England. In London, Siodmak finally enjoyed his international break-through with the adaptation of Bernhard Kellermann's novel "Der Tunnel" (The Tunnel), directed by Maurice Elvey.

In 1937, Siodmak emigrated to the USA where he was already known for his science fiction stories. He started to work for Paramount and was repeatedly employed as a "script doctor". In 1938, Siodmak and Billy Wilder participated in the foundation of the "Screenwriters Guild of America". At Universal, Siodmak made his name as science fiction and horror movie specialist with the screenplay to the eminently successful "The Invisible Man Returns". Furthermore, he became an international star with the novel "Donovan's Brain" he wrote in the summer of 1942. In 1943, Curt (by now spelled with a "C") Siodmak obtained American citizenship and reported to the "Office of Strategic Services". After an initial operative's training in San Diego, he worked in a propaganda department in Washington and wrote leaflets against Nazi Germany.

Due to an agreement with his brother Robert not to work in the other one's field of director and screenplay writer, respectively, Curt Siodmak did not direct another movie until 1951, after his brother had returned to Europe.

In 1998, Curt Siodmak came to Berlin for the extensive retrospective of the Siodmak brothers' work at the Berlinale. On September 2, 2000, Curt Siodmak died of cancer at his ranch in Three Rivers, California.

Filmography

2009/2010 The Wolfman
Screenplay
 
2002 Ritual
Screenplay
 
2002 Unter Wolfsmenschen - Unterwegs zu Curt Siodmak
Participation
 
1998 News & Stories: Curt Siodmak
Participation
 
1977 Der Heiligenschein
Story
 
1970 Hauser's Memory
based on
 
1966 Liebesspiel im Schnee
Director, Screenplay
 
1962/1963 Das Feuerschiff
Screenplay
 
1962 Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes
Screenplay
 
1962 Ein Toter sucht seinen Mörder
based on
 
1962 Vengeance
based on
 
1961 The Devil's Messenger
Director, Screenplay
 
1957 Love Slaves of the Amazons
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1956 Curucu, Beast of the Amazon
Director, Screenplay
 
1956 Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Screenplay
 
1955 Creature with the Atom Brain
Screenplay, based on
 
1953/1954 Riders to the Stars
Screenplay
 
1953 Donovan's Brain
based on
 
1953 The Magnetic Monster
Director, Screenplay
 
1951 Bride of the Gorilla
Director, Screenplay
 
1949 Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Screenplay
 
1948 Berlin Express
based on
 
1946 The Beast with Five Fingers
Screenplay
 
1946 The Return of Monte Cristo
based on
 
1945 Shady Lady
Screenplay
 
1944/1945 Frisco Sal
Screenplay
 
1944 House of Frankenstein
based on
 
1944 The Climax
Screenplay, Adaptation
 
1944 The Lady and the Monster
based on
 
1943 Son of Dracula
based on
 
1943 False Faces
Screenplay
 
1943 I Walked with a Zombie
Screenplay
 
1943 The Mantrap
Screenplay
 
1942/1943 The Purple V
Screenplay
 
1942/1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Screenplay
 
1942/1943 London Blackout Murders
Screenplay
 
1942 Invisible Agent
Screenplay
 
1941 Pacific Blackout
based on
 
1941 The Wolf Man
Screenplay
 
1941 Aloma of the South Seas
based on
 
1940 Die unsichtbare Frau
based on
 
1940 The Ape
Screenplay, Adaptation
 
1939/1940 Black Friday
Screenplay
 
1939/1940 The Invisible Man Returns
Screenplay, based on
 
1938 Her Jungle Love
based on
 
1937 Non-Stop New York
Screenplay
 
1935 The Tunnel
Screenplay
 
1935 I Give My Heart
Adaptation
 
1935 The Crouching Beast
Screenplay
 
1935 Abdul the Damned
Screenplay
 
1935 It's a Bet
Screenplay
 
1934 La crise est finie
based on
 
1934 Girls Will Be Boys
Screenplay, based on
 
1932/1933 F.P. 1
Screenplay
 
1932/1933 Marion, das gehört sich nicht
Screenplay
 
1932 I.F. 1 ne répond plus
Screenplay
 
1932 F.P. 1 antwortet nicht
Screenplay, based on
 
1932 Die unsichtbare Front
Screenplay
 
1932 Cercasi modella
Screenplay
 
1931 Le bal
Screenplay
 
1931 Der Ball
Screenplay
 
1930/1931 Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht
Screenplay
 
1930 Der Kampf mit dem Drachen oder: Die Tragödie des Untermieters
Screenplay
 
1930 Der Schuß im Tonfilmatelier
Screenplay, Story
 
1929/1930 Menschen am Sonntag
Co-author, based on
 
1929 Flucht in die Fremdenlegion
Screenplay
 
1928/1929 Mascottchen
Screenplay
 

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