Tom Toelle

Tom Toelle

Regie, Drehbuch
*19.05.1931 Berlin; †25.03.2006 München

Biography

Tom Toelle was born May 19, 1931, in Berlin. He studied German studies and history and at the same time made his first experiences as an assistant director at several theatres in Berlin and as a writer of radio plays. From the 1960s on, Toelle wrote and directed TV productions and mainly dedicated himself to subjects that were questioning social and contemporary developments. After films like "Der Reichstagsbrandprozeß" and "Die Trennung", Toelle caused a stir far beyond the borders of Federal Germany with his daring media satire "Das Millionenspiel" ("The Millions Game", 1970): The TV movie that won numerous international awards paints the dark vision of a future where candidates of a TV show literally play for their lives.

In his following films, Toelle also frequently dealt with current and controversially discussed social topics, for instance, the new phenomenon of youth unemployment ("Wo geht‘s lang, Kutti? ") or the influence of politics on television programs ("Ein Mann von gestern"). Besides his TV work, Toelle also worked for numerous years as a theatre director at well-known theatres like Hamburg’s Thalia Theater, Berlin’s Schillertheater, or at Schauspielhaus Zürich.

In the 1980s, Toelle finished the successful multi-part TV movie "Via Mala" with Mario Adorf in the leading role. His later works include "Der Bierkönig" (1991), the adaptation of Siegfried Lenz’s story "La Paloma fliegt nicht mehr", and the historical drama "König der letzten Tage" ("A King for Burning"). In 1995, Toelle – who was married to the film and TV actress Ulli Philipp – made a film version of Hans Fallada’s novel "Der Trinker". Critics and movie goers equally praised Toelle’s film as well as leading actor Harald Juhnke. Besides his movie projects, Toelle also served as a long-time lecturer at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

Tom Toelle died on March 25, 2006, in Munich.

Filmography

2001/2002 Wenn die Liebe verloren geht
Director, Screenplay
 
1997/1998 Lonny, der Aufsteiger
Director, Screenplay
 
1995 Der Trinker
Director
 
1994/1995 Deutschlandlied
Director, Screenplay
 
1992/1993 König der letzten Tage
Director
 
1991/1992 La Paloma fliegt nicht mehr
Director, Screenplay
 
1990 Der Bierkönig
Director
 
1989/1990 Bismarck
Director
 
1987 Der Schrei der Eule
Director
 
1985 Kennwort Möwe
Director
 
1985 Via Mala
Director
 
1981/1982 Warum hast Du so traurige Augen. Geschichten aus einem Tango-Lokal
Director
 
1980 Ich möchte fliehen
Director
 
1979 Treu' und Redlichkeit. Geschichten aus der guten alten Zeit
Director
 
1978 Grüß Gott, ich komm' von drüben
Director, Screenplay
 
1977 Wo geht's lang, Kutti
Director
 
1975 Der aufsehenerregende Fall des Studienrats Adam Juracek
Director
 
1974 Die Kriegsbraut
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 Eine ungeliebte Frau
Director
 
1972/1973 Victor oder Die Kinder an der Macht
Director
 
1972 Herlemanns Traum oder Das andere Leben
Director
 
1971/1972 Alkoholiker
Director
 
1971 Die Witwen oder Eine vollkommene Lösung
Director
 
1970/1971 Kressin und der Laster nach Lüttich
Director
 
1970 Das Millionenspiel
Director, Screenplay
 
1968/1969 Im Kreis
Director
 
1968/1969 Der Kidnapper
Director
 
1968 Der Eine und der Andere
Director
 
1968 Ganze Tage in den Bäumen
Director, Screenplay
 
1968 Die Versetzung
Director
 
1967 Der Reichstagsbrandprozess
Director
 
1963 Das Ende vom Lied
Director
 
1963 Die wahre Geschichte vom geschändeten und wiederhergestellten Kreuz
Director, Screenplay
 

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