Reinhard Hauff

Reinhard Hauff

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*23.05.1939 Marburg an der Lahn

Biography

The son of a deputy head of section studied German studies and dramatics in Vienna and Munich and participated in student theatre groups. After a traineeship in the department of entertainment of Bavaria Atelier GmbH, he was employed as an assistant editor and director and dropped out of university. In 1963, he started to direct TV shows and assisted directors like Michael Pfleghar, Heinz Liesendahl and Rolf von Sydow with shows, TV movies, documentary films, and feature films.

From 1966 to 1970, Hauff directed "Wirb oder stirb", a satire about the advertising industry, as well as musical shows starring, for instance, Wilson Pickett and Janis Joplin. In 1968/69, he directed "Untermann – Obermann", a portray of two aging circus artists, together with Volker Koch. In his first TV movie, "Die Revolte" (1969), Hauff depicted the attempt of the student movement to politically activate an employee. In "Ausweglos" (1969/70) and "Offener Haß gegen Unbekannt" (1970), he processed the authentic life stories of prisoners, inspired by reports of Martin Walser.

"Mathias Kneißl" (1970/71), the story of a Bavarian robber from the turn of the century, became Hauff’s first internationally noticed film. In 1973, he set up the Bioskop GmbH in Munich together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. Except for the TV movie "Zündschnüre" ("Fuses", 1974), that – based on a novel by Franz Josef Degenhardt – depicted the resistance of adolescents during the Nazi regime, Hauff’s films mainly focused on the stories of outsiders: "Die Verrohung des Franz Blum" ("The Brutalisation of Franz Blum", 1973/74), based on the autobiographical report by Burkhard Driest (with whom Hauff collaborated repeatedly), tells the story of a man’s career in prison, while "Paule Pauländer" (1975/76) depicts the extreme living conditions of an adolescent in the country. Hauff then problematised his experiences with lay actors that he had made in these movies in "Der Hauptdarsteller" ("The Main Actor", 1977). The screenplay to the film was written by Christel Buschmann.

In "Messer im Kopf" ("Knife in the Head", 1978), Bruno Ganz played a biochemist who gets shot during a police raid and painstakingly has to find back his identity. The film turned out to be a box office hit and won the Filmband in Silber, among other awards. "Endstation Freiheit" ("Slow Attack", 1980) and "Der Mann auf der Mauer" ("The Man on the Wall", 1982), based on a story by Peter Schneider, also dealt with the contemporary German society in a critical way. "Stammheim", a reconstruction of the trial against the terrorist group Rote Armee Fraktion, written by Stefan Aust, won the Golden Bear at the 1986 Berlinale, a decision that led to a jury scandal.

With "Linie 1" ("Line 1", 1987/88), an adaptation of the satirical musical by Grips Theater, Hauff joined his musical roots with his political involvement. Subsequent to the three-part TV movie "Mit den Clowns kamen die Tränen" (1990), based on the novel by Johannes Mario Simmel, Hauff focused on the promotion of young filmmakers. In 1993, he became the head of Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). At the German film award 2005, Reinhard Hauff received the honorary award for his lifetime achievement. His older brother is the TV director, producer, and festival director Eberhard Hauff.

Filmography

2009/2010 Spur der Bären - 60 Jahre Berlinale
Participation
 
2005 Liebeskind
Co-Producer
 
2004/2005 Alias Alejandro
Co-Producer
 
2004 Close
Co-Producer
 
2003/2004 Hab mich lieb!
Co-Producer
 
2002-2005 Wer ist Helene Schwarz?
Participation
 
2001/2002 Paule und Julia
Producer
 
2000 Kleine Kreise
Co-Producer
 
1994/1995 Die Nacht der Regisseure
Participation
 
1993 Peter Przygodda, Schnittmeister
Participation
 
1989/1990 Mit den Clowns kamen die Tränen
Director
 
1988/1989 Blauäugig
Director
 
1987/1988 Linie 1
Director
 
1985/1986 Stammheim
Director
 
1983/1984 Zehn Tage in Calcutta. Begegnung mit Mrinal Sen
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Interviews
 
1983/1984 Morgen in Alabama
Cast
 
1982 Der Mann auf der Mauer
Director
 
1980 Endstation Freiheit
Director
 
1978 Messer im Kopf
Director
 
1977 Der Hauptdarsteller
Director, Co-author
 
1975/1976 Paule Pauländer
Director
 
1974/1975 Das Andechser Gefühl
Cast
 
1974 Zündschnüre
Director
 
1973/1974 Übernachtung in Tirol
Cast
 
1973/1974 Die Verrohung des Franz Blum
Director
 
1972/1973 Haus am Meer
Director, Co-author
 
1972/1973 Desaster
Director, Co-author
 
1971/1972 Das goldene Ding
Cast
 
1971 Jakob von Gunten
Cast
 
1970/1971 Mathias Kneißl
Director, Co-author
 
1970/1971 Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach
Cast
 
1970/1971 Offener Haß gegen Unbekannt
Director, Co-author
 
1969/1970 Ausweglos - Aussagen über einen Lebenslauf
Director, Co-author
 
1969 Die Revolte
Director, Co-author
 
1969 Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?
Cast
 
1969 Janis Joplin in Concert
Director
 
1968/1969 Untermann - Obermann
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1968 Wilson Pickett in Concert
Director
 
1965 Louis Prima in Las Vegas
Director