Margit Carstensen

Margit Carstensen

Darstellerin
*29.02.1940 Kiel

Biography

Margit Carstensen was born in Kiel on February 29 1940. From 1958 on, she studied acting in Hamburg, and after making her stage debut in Kleve, she performed in theatres in Heilbronn, Münster and Braunschweig. From 1965 until 1969, she was a company player at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, where she got rave reviews, for instance for her performances in plays by John Osborne and Lope de Vega. In 1969, Carstensen joined the theatre in Bremen for four years, followed by her engagement at the Staatstheater in Darmstadt (1973-1976). After more residencies in Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart, she joined the ensemble of the Schauspielhaus in Bochum in 1995 and remained with the theatre until 2006. In addition to this, she performed as a guest player at other theatres, including the Kammerspiele in Munich and the Burgtheater in Vienna. During the course of her long stage career, Carstensen worked with many prolific directors like Leander Haußmann and Christoph Schlingensief. In 2011, she starred in René Pollesch's acclaimed production of his play "Schmeiß Dein Ego weg" at the Volksbühne in Berlin.

Margit Carstensen was introduced to film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whom she met during her stint in Bremen. Under his direction, she made her screen debut in a televised production of Carlo Goldoni's play "Das Kaffeehaus". During the following years, she became Fassbinder's preferred female lead. She was awarded the "Filmband in Gold" for her performance in "Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant" ("The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant", 1972), and also had leading roles in Fassbinder's "Martha" (1974), "Nora Helmer" (1974), "Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel" ("Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven", 1975), "Angst vor der Angst" ("Fear of Fear", 1975, TV), "Satansbraten" ("Satan's Brew", 1976) "Chinesisches Roulette" ("Chinese Roulette", D/F 1976) and "Frauen in New York" ("Women in New York", 1977, TV). Moreover, she had supporting roles in "Die dritte Generation" ("The Third Generation", 1979) and Berlin Alexanderplatz" (1980, TV).

Overall, Carstensen and Fassbinder collaborated on sixteen film and movie productions. She also was one the leads in Ulli Lommel's "Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe" ("Tenderness of the Wolves", 1973) and played the character of Marlene Dietrich in Lommel's satire "Adolf und Marlene" ("Adolf and Marlene", 1976), which revolves around a fictitious encounter between the actress and the dictator.

Following Fassbinder's death in 1982, Carstensen re-focused on her successful stage career while her screen appearances became rarer and included small roles in Peter Zadek's "Die wilden Fünfziger" ("The Wild Fifties", 1983) and Agnieszka Holland's "Bittere Ernte" ("Angry Harvest", 1985). In the 1980s, she also began a long and fruitful creative collaboration with Christoph Schlingensief: Carstensen portrayed Martha Goebbels in Schlingensief's farce "100 Jahre Adolf Hitler – Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker" ("100 Years of Adolf Hitler", 1989), starred in "Terror 2000 – Intensivstation Deutschland" (1992) and later played herself in "Die 120 Tage von Bottrop" (1997), Schlingensief's unique homage to Fassbinder. She also performed in Schlingensief's stage productions "Bambiland" (2003) and "Attabambi-Pornoland – Die Reise durchs Schwein"(2003) at the Volksbühne in Berlin.

Her other screen credits include a part in Nina Grosse's "Feuerreiter" ("Fire Rider", 1998), the delightful role of a rigid school headmistress in Leander Haußmann's comedy "Sonnenallee" ("Sun Alley", 1999), and a memorable turn as a stranded tourist in Romuald Karmakar's "Manila" (2000). Her performance as the alcoholic mother of a leukemia-stricken son in Chris Kraus's "Scherbentanz" ("Shattered Glass") became a late triumph, for which she won the 2002 Bavarian Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Despite this success, she only occasionally appeared in films afterwards. She played a supporting role in Oskar Roehler's "Agnes und seine Brüder" ("Agnes And His Brothers", 2004) and was one of the leads in the film essay "It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine." (USA 2007). After Detlev Buck cast her in his successful children's film "Hände weg von Mississippi" ("Hands Off Mississippi"), Margit Carstensen played a major role in Frauke Finsterwalder's award-winning "Finsterworld".

Filmography

2015/2016 Wofür es sich zu leben lohnt
Cast
 
2014/2015 Fassbinder
Participation
 
2012/2013 Finsterworld
Cast
 
2007/2008 Mister Karl
Participation
 
2006/2007 Hände weg von Mississippi
Cast
 
2004 Agnes und seine Brüder
Cast
 
2001/2002 Scherbentanz
Cast
 
1998/1999 Sonnenallee
Cast
 
1998-2000 Manila
Cast
 
1997/1998 Feuerreiter
Cast
 
1997 Gesches Gift
Cast
 
1996/1997 Die 120 Tage von Bottrop
Cast
 
1996 Das schmutzige Dutzend
Cast
 
1992 Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland
Cast
 
1990/1991 Wer bist Du, Vater?
Cast
 
1989 Untergrund
Cast
 
1988/1989 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler. Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker
Cast
 
1984/1985 Bittere Ernte
Cast
 
1984 Emilia Galotti
Cast
 
1982/1983 Die wilden Fünfziger
Cast
 
1981/1982 Liebeskonzil
Cast
 
1980/1981 Possession
Cast
 
1979/1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mein Traum vom Traum des Franz Biberkopf: Vom Tode eines Kindes und der Geburt eines Brauchbaren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Eine Handvoll Menschen in der Tiefe der Stille
Cast
 
1979/1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Teile)
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die dritte Generation
Cast
 
1978/1979 Kalte Heimat
Cast
 
1977/1978 Spiel der Verlierer
Cast
 
1977 Frauen in New York
Cast
 
1976 Chinesisches Roulette
Cast
 
1976 Adolf und Marlene
Cast
 
1975/1976 Satansbraten
Cast
 
1975 Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel
Cast
 
1975 Angst vor der Angst
Cast
 
1973/1974 Martha
Cast
 
1973/1974 Nora Helmer
Cast
 
1973 Welt am Draht
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe
Cast
 
1972-1974 Fontane Effi Briest
dubbed by
 
1972 Bremer Freiheit
Cast
 
1972 Oma und Gregor
Cast
 
1971/1972 Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant
Cast
 
1971 Die Ahnfrau
Cast
 
1970 Die Niklashauser Fart
Cast
 

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