Walter Schulze-Mittendorff

Walter Schulze-Mittendorff

Bauten, Kostüme
*31.01.1893 ; †14.08.1976

Biography

Walter Schulze-Mittendorff, born January 31, 1893 in Berlin-Tiergarten. At age fourteen he begins an apprenticeship in sculptural arts at the studio of Otto Rossius in Berlin-Steglitz, which he finishes in 1911. In 1913 he begins to study sculptural arts at the "Königliche Akademie für Bildende Künste zu Berlin" (Roayal Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin), where he receives the status of "Künstler-Einjähriger" in 1914.

After the first World War he continues his studies at what is now the "Akademie der Künste" (Academy of the Arts) in Berlin, and in 1920 he is accepted into the "Meisteratelier" (Masterclass) of the Academy of the Arts. The same year he receives the Academy"s "Dr. Paul Schultze-Preis für Bildhauerei", and in 1923 he is awarded the "Rome-Price".

In 1920 his fellow student and friend, the painter and film architect Robert Herlth, introduces him to Fritz Lang who is looking for a capable sculptor for his film "Der müde Tod" (The Weary Death, or "Destiny", as it is known by its English title) in connection with the production of the plastic elements. The encounter with Fritz Lang marks the start of Schulze-Mittendorff"s lifelong œvre with the German film.

In 1925 Fritz Lang engages the sculptor"s skills for the plastic elements in the film "Metropolis". Schulze-Mittendorff creates the Machine Man "Maria", the head of "Hel", the "Seven-Headed Phantastic Beast", and the figure group "Death and the Seven Deadly Sins". In 1932 he works for one of Lang"s films for the last time, where he creates the characteristic looks of Dr. Mabuse, with his mask for "Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" ("The Testament of Dr. Mabuse").

After the national socialists" seizure of power in 1933 he creates, in 1935, the sculptures for the film "Amphytrion" and also participated in the set"s costume design. In 1940 he signs a contract as costume designer with "Terra-Filmkunst GmbH".

After the end of World War II he continues with his film work in 1947 with the German film production company DEFA, which is later to become the state film monopoly of the German Democratic Republic, where he becomes the chief costume designer. In 1962, barely a year after the erection of the Berlin Wall, his contract ends, and he being a citizen of West-Berlin, the contract is not extended.

From 1962 until 1968 Walter Schulze-Mittendorff works as a freelance costume designer, he participates in 18 West German film and television productions. In 1964, Lotte Eisner comes to visit him and requests that he rebuilds the Machine Man "Maria" from the film "Metropolis" for the Cinémathèque Française. This second figure that he created is now situated at the film museum of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris.

Walter Schulze-Mittendorff dies on August 14, 1976 in Berlin-Grunewald.

© Bertina Schulze-Mittendorff

Filmography

1968 Das Schloß
Costume design
 
1968 Der Eismann kommt
Costume design
 
1967 Ein Schloß in Schweden
Costume design
 
1967 Anastasia
Costume design
 
1967 Slatin Pascha
Costume design
 
1967 Heinrich IV.
Costume design
 
1966 Rasputin
Costume design
 
1965/1966 Irrungen - Wirrungen
Costume design
 
1965/1966 Große Liebe
Costume design
 
1965 Kubinke
Costume design
 
1965 Romulus der Große
Costume design
 
1964 Die Kammerjungfer
Costume design
 
1963 Die Wölfe
Costume design
 
1962 Annoncentheater. Ein Abendprogramm des Deutschen Fernsehens im Jahre 1776
Costume design
 
1962 Die Rebellion
Costume design
 
1962 Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Costume design
 
1962 Rotkäppchen
Costume design
 
1961/1962 Ach, du fröhliche...
Costume design
 
1961/1962 Die schwarze Galeere
Costume design
 
1961/1962 Tanz am Sonnabend - Mord?
Costume design
 
1961 Der Traum des Hauptmann Loy
Costume design
 
1961 Die seltsame Gräfin
Costume design
 
1960/1961 Fünf Tage - fünf Nächte
Costume design
 
1960/1961 Drei Kapitel Glück
Costume design
 
1959 Musterknaben
Costume design
 
1959 Kabale und Liebe
Costume design
 
1958 Der Prozeß wird vertagt
Costume design
 
1958 Geschwader Fledermaus
Costume design
 
1957/1958 Emilia Galotti
Costume design
 
1956/1957 Mazurka der Liebe
Costume design
 
1956/1957 Alter Kahn und junge Liebe
Costume design
 
1956 Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Costume design
 
1955/1956 Thomas Müntzer
Costume design
 
1955 Das Fräulein von Scuderi
Costume design
 
1955 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
Costume design
 
1954/1955 Der Teufel vom Mühlenberg
Costume design
 
1954/1955 Ein Polterabend
Costume design
 
1954 Leuchtfeuer
Costume design
 
1953/1954 Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse
Costume design
 
1953 Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck
Costume design
 
1953 Jonny rettet Nebrador
Costume design
 
1953 Der Vogelhändler
Costume design
 
1952/1953 Anna Susanna
Costume design
 
1951/1952 Karriere in Paris
Costume design
 
1951 Der Untertan
Costume design
 
1950/1951 Das Beil von Wandsbek
Costume design
 
1950 Das kalte Herz
Costume design
 
1949/1950 Semmelweis - Retter der Mütter
Costume design
 
1949/1950 Der Rat der Götter
Costume design
 
1949 Die blauen Schwerter
Costume design
 
1949 Der Biberpelz
Costume design
 
1949 Der Kahn der fröhlichen Leute
Costume design
 
1949 Figaros Hochzeit
Costume design
 
1948/1949 Die Buntkarierten
Costume design
 
1948 ...und wieder 48!
Costume design
 
1947 Wozzeck
Costume design
 
1945 Die tolle Susanne
Costume design
 
1944/1946 Die Fledermaus
Costume design
 
1944 Der Engel mit dem Saitenspiel
Costume design
 
1943/1944 Die Feuerzangenbowle
Costume design
 
1943/1944 Der verzauberte Tag
Costume design
 
1943/1944 Quax in Afrika
Costume design
 
1943 Ein Mann mit Grundsätzen?
Costume design
 
1942/1943 Wenn die Sonne wieder scheint
Costume design
 
1941/1942 Andreas Schlüter
Costume design
 
1941/1942 Rembrandt
Costume design
 
1940/1941 Die schwedische Nachtigall
Costume design
 
1940 Rosen in Tirol
Costume design
 
1940 Kleider machen Leute
Costume design
 
1937/1938 Der Maulkorb
Sculptor
 
1937 Der zerbrochene Krug
Sculptor
 
1936/1937 Der Herrscher
Sculptor
 
1935 Les Dieux s'amusent
Costume design
 
1935 Amphitryon
Sculptor, Costume design
 
1932/1933 Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse
Sculptor
 
1927/1928 Spione
Sculptor
 
1925/1926 Metropolis
Sculptor
 
1923-1925 Zur Chronik von Grieshuus
Sculptor
 
1922/1923 Der Schatz
Sculptor
 
1922/1923 Peter der Große
Sculptor
 
1922-1924 Die Nibelungen (2 Teile)
Sculptor
 
1922 Luise Millerin
Sculptor
 
1922 Der Graf von Essex
Sculptor
 
1921 Der müde Tod
Sculptor
 

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