Weitere Namen
Theo Nischwitz (Weiterer Name)
Cast, Screenplay, Director of photography, Production design, Miscellaneous
Berlin München

Biography

Theo Noschwitz was born April 27, 1913, in Berlin, and started an apprenticeship at the Afifa film laboratory in Berlin in 1930. From 1931 on, he worked for Universum Film AG (Ufa) for elaborate and prestigious productions like "Der Kongress tanzt" ("Congress Dances", 1931), "F.P.1 antwortet nicht" ("F.P.1 Doesn’t Respond", 1932), or "Gold" (1934) in the department of special effects- During World War II, he worked as a war correspondent but was recalled for two propaganda films by director Karl Ritter. "Stukas" and "Besatzung Dora" ("The Crew of the Dora") were both finished in 1942/43. In 1942, Nischwitz also worked in the special effects team of Ufa’s jubilee production "Münchhausen" ("The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen").

In 1949, Nischwitz became the head of the special effects department of Bavaria in Munich. During the following years, he was in charge of special effects for a broad scope of films, including Helmut Käutner’s films "Der Apfel ist ab" ("The Original Sin", 1948) and "Königskinder" ("Royal Children", 1949), Harald Braun’s "Nachtwache" (1949), Josef von Baky’s "Das doppelte Lottchen" ("Two Times Lotte", 1950), Rudolf Jugert’s "Nachts auf den Straßen" ("Detour", 1951), Rolf Hansen’s "Sauerbruch – das war mein Leben" (1953/54), "Die Nackte und der Satan" ("The Head", 1959) by Victor Trivas, Frank Wisbar’s film "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen" ("Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen", 1959), Bernhard Wicki’s "Das Wunder des Malachias" ("Miracle of Malachias", 1960), and Harald Reinl’s "Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel" ("The Blood Demon", 1967).

From 1963 on, Nischwitz mainly worked for TV productions and drew a lot of attention for his special effects for the TV series "Raumpatrouille" ("Space Patrol", 1966) – together with the architects Rolf Zehetbauer and Götz Weidner. In the early 1970s, he returned to the film business and participated in the films "Ludwig – Requiem für eine jungfräulichen König" ("Ludwig – Requiem for a Virgin King", 1972), "Karl May" (1974), and "Hitler – ein Film aus Deutschland" ("Hitler – A Film from Germany", 1977) by Hans Jürgen Syberberg. During this period of time, he also collaborated with Wim Wenders for "Der amerikanische Freund" ("The American Friend", 1976/77) and with Billy Wilder for "Fedora" (1978).

After "Das Boot" ("The Boat"), Nischwitz was involved in the films "Der Zauberberg" ("The Magic Mountain", 1981), "Die Schaukel" ("The Swing", 1983), "Didi und die Rache der Enterbten" ("Nonstop Trouble with the Family", 1984), "Otto – der Film" (1985), "Ödipussi" (1987), and "Erfolg" ("Success", 1990). Theo Nischwitz’s last assignment, Roland Emmerich’s film "Moon 44", was also produced in 1990. Four years later, on July 14, 1994, Nischwitz died in Grünwald near Munich.

FILMOGRAFIE

1990/1991
  • Optical effects
1989/1990
  • Optical effects
1989
  • Director of photography
1988-1992
  • Optical effects
1988-1990
  • Optical effects
1987/1988
  • Optical effects
1987/1988
  • Optical effects
1987/1988
  • Optical effects
1987-1989
  • Special effects
1985
  • Optical effects
  • Special effects
1984/1985
  • Special effects
1984/1985
  • Optical effects
  • Special effects
1984
  • Optical effects
1983/1984
  • Special effects
1983/1984
  • Special effects
1983/1984
  • Special effects
1983/1984
  • Special effects
1983
  • Optical effects
1981/1982
  • Special effects
1980/1981
  • Special effects
1980/1981
  • Optical effects
1979/1980
  • Special effects
1979/1980
  • Special effects
1979/1980
  • Lighting design
1978
  • Special effects
1977/1978
  • Optical effects
1977
  • Optical effects camera
  • Prop master
  • Special effects
1977
  • Optical effects camera
  • Prop master
  • Special effects
1977
  • Optical effects camera
  • Prop master
  • Special effects
1977
  • Optical effects camera
  • Prop master
  • Special effects
1976/1977
  • Animation
1976/1977
  • Optical effects
1975
  • Special effects
1974
  • Optical effects
1973/1974
  • Optical effects
1968
  • Screenplay
1964
  • Optical effects
1960/1961
  • Optical effects
1960
  • Optical effects
  • Visual effects
1959/1960
  • Special effects
1959
  • Optical effects
1959
  • Optical effects
1958/1959
  • Stunts
1958/1959
  • Optical effects
1958/1959
  • Special effects
1957/1958
  • Optical effects
1956
  • Special effects
1954
  • Optical effects
1953/1954
  • Optical effects
1953
  • Special effects
1952
  • Optical effects
1951/1952
  • Optical effects
1950
  • Director of photography
  • Special effects
1950
  • Special effects
1950
  • Optical effects
1949/1950
  • Optical effects
1949
  • Optical effects
1949
  • Optical effects
1949
  • Special effects
1949
  • Special effects
1948/1949
  • Special effects
1948
  • Special effects
1948
  • Optical effects
1942/1943
  • Optical effects
1942/1943
  • Director of photography
1940/1941
  • Optical effects camera
1935
  • Optical effects
1935
  • Optical effects
1934-1935/1954
  • Optical effects
1933/1934
  • Optical effects
1932/1933
  • Optical effects
1932
  • Optical effects
1931/1932
  • Optical effects
1931
  • Optical effects
1931
  • Optical effects
1931
  • Optical effects
  • Optical effects camera
1931
  • Optical effects
1930/1931
  • Optical effects