Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

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Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

#1 Post by Calvin » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:28 am


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#2 Post by MichaelB » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:29 am

Cue the inevitable Downfall parody of Hitler hearing the news of Ganz’s death. I daresay it’ll
go live in the next few hours.

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#3 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:58 am

That is very sad news but it is great that he was able to go out on a recent high profile note with The House That Jack Built. Apparently he is also playing Sigmund Freud in the upcoming film The Tobacconist!

Of course Wings of Desire (reprised in Faraway, So Close) is his supreme role along with Downfall, but he also had a great role in the Australian film by Gillian Armstrong The Last Days of Chez Nous.

He is also in two films by Theo Angelopoulous Eternity And A Day and The Dust of Time.
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#4 Post by Calvin » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:05 am

Ganz will also (provided he makes the final cut) have a role in Malick's upcoming Radegund.

I think that his performance in Angelopoulos' The Dust of Time is one of his very best and I recommend people seek it out if you haven't already seen it.

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#5 Post by Mr Sheldrake » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:41 am

Ganz had a remarkable string of hits on the vintage US art house circuit of the late 70s including The Marquise of O, Herzog's Nosferatu (streaming free on Prime), Knife in the Head, and my favorite, Wenders loopy Ripley, The American Friend.

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Re: Passages

#6 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:57 am

Calvin wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:05 am
Ganz will also (provided he makes the final cut) have a role in Malick's upcoming Radegund.
That would be a real shame. Hopefully, he got his scenes out of the way before his health declined, although with Malick I guess that's still not a guarantee.

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Re: Passages

#7 Post by jbeall » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:45 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:29 am
Cue the inevitable Downfall parody of Hitler hearing the news of Ganz’s death. I daresay it’ll
go live in the next few hours.
This image would probably be more appropriate. RIP.

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Re: Passages

#8 Post by Big Ben » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:46 pm

I think one of the most remarkable things about Ganz was how broad his career was. He worked on so many films from so many countries with so many great people.

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#9 Post by denti alligator » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:07 pm

He was apparently one of the finest German-language stage presences. I never had the chance to see him, but by all accounts he was stunning.

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Re: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

#10 Post by Calvin » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:37 pm

Ganz was the holder of the Iffland Ring, as "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre" as willed by the previous owner. He was preceded by Josef Meinrad and, before him, Werner Krauss.

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Re: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

#11 Post by denti alligator » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:49 pm

To whom did Ganz will the ring?

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Re: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

#12 Post by Calvin » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:01 pm

Unknown at this point, though this Der Spiegel article says that Ganz's original choice was Gert Voss up until Voss' own death in 2014.

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Re: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

#13 Post by whaleallright » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:36 pm

This guy was in a remarkable number of extraordinary movies, and at least in my experience he was uniformly excellent in a wide range of performance styles. A few of them should be better known, including Peter Handke's The Left-Handed Woman, Alain Tanner's In the White City (which, like Chris Petit's Radio On, feels very much like a Wim Wenders film directed by someone else), and Rudolf Thome's System without Shadow. He's intensely charismatic, even sexy, in The American Friend despite his character being so glum the entire time, and in The Marquise of O (one of my very favorite films) his basic magnetism is essential to the part.

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Re: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

#14 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:30 pm

I also had not realised until now that he was in that recent Sally Potter film The Party!

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