|Date of Birth||30 September 1903, Schwetz, West Prussia, Germany [now Swiecie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland]|
|Date of Death||18 July 1991, Berlin, Germany|
Mini Bio (1)
Director of Photography, Bruno Mondi, shot over 100 movies. He created great silent movies in the 20ties, revue films in the 30s, propaganda films in Nazi Germany of the 40s, anti-fascist films in the Soviet zone of Germany in the 50s and entertainment films in West Germany in the 60s.
In 1918 he started his career as a trainee at the Bioskop-Film in Berlin. By 1921 he was camera assistant on Destiny (1921) by Fritz Lang. Between 1924 - 1932 German cinema was at the top, and Bruno Mondi shot 26 very successful films like Fabulous Lola (1927) with superstar Lilian Harvey, or Das Girl von der Revue (1928), which was highlighted in Berlin's Roaring Twenties.
In 1932 Bruno Mondi met Veit Harlan as an actor in _Unsichtbare Front, Die_. 1935 Harlan directed his first film _Krach im Hinterhaus (1935)_ with Henny Porten in the main role and Bruno Mondi at the camera. 3 years later Harlan became the most successful director in Nazi Germany. Until 1945 Bruno Mondi and Veit Harlan made 11 films, including as films as The Golden City (1942), which was the first European feature film in color, Der große König (1942) and Kolberg (1945), still the biggest historical German war movie, and the anti-Semitic propaganda film Jud Süß (1940), which will remain the most notorious film forever.
After World War II Bruno Mondi went on working at films without any problems, whereas Veit Harlan has been accused of aiding and abetting genocide. Mondi shot socialist-style re-education films in the Soviet zone like Wozzeck (1947) and Rotation (1949). With huge effort they made the fairy tale Heart of Stone (1950), the first color feature film of the German Democratic Republic, which got international recognitions for the fascinating special effects. After that Mondi switched again and went to West Germany to shoot another 33 movies, most of them entertainment feature films, and a lot of them with tremendous success again, like the "Sissi"-films with new Romy Schneider.
Bruno Mondi is a luminous example for a brilliant and inventive cameraman and a frightening example for a perfect technician, not asking for the aim of his work.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: StateOfThings@aol.com