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Hanns Eisler (1898–1962)

Hanns Eisler was a German-Austrian-American composer and lyricist. He was known for his "Das Lied von der Moldau" ("La Chanson du Moldau", "The Song of the Moldau") used in the TV film Schweyk im zweiten Weltkrieg (1961) and also sang by Zarah Leander on TV. He did so many more songs in Hollywood, France, Austria and Germany. See full bio »

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Night and Fog
Night and Fog Composer
(1956)
Hangmen Also Die!
(1943)
A Scandal in Paris
(1946)

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 1981 Die Mutter (TV Movie)
 1980 Berlin - Auguststraße (Documentary)
 1979 Svejk toisessa maailmansodassa (TV Movie)
 1979 Deutschlandgeschichten (Documentary)
 1978 Das Leben des Galileo Galilei (TV Movie)
 1975 Galileo
 1970 Der Oktober kam... (Documentary)
 1969 Anno Populi - Im Jahr des Volkes 1949 (Documentary short)
 1966 Die Tage der Commune (TV Movie)
 1962 Esther (TV Movie)
 1962 Leben des Galilei (TV Movie)
 1961 Aktion J (Documentary)
 1961 Schweyk im zweiten Weltkrieg (TV Movie)
 1957 Katzgraben
 1957 The Crucible
 1956 Night and Fog (Documentary short)
 1955 Bel Ami
 1954 Schicksal am Lenkrad (as Hans Eisler)
 1947 Leben des Galilei (Short)
 1945 Jealousy
 1941 A Child Went Forth (Short documentary)
 1941 The Forgotten Village (Documentary) (as Hans Eisler)
 1939 The 400 Million (Documentary)
 1934 Le grand jeu (as H. Eisler)
 1933 Nieuwe gronden (Documentary short)
 1932 Pesn o geroyakh (Documentary)
 1931 Hell on Earth (as Hans Eisler)
 1924 Opus III (Short) (1927)
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Composed the music for the 1944 Decca 78-RPM record album, "Mr. Pickwick's Christmas", narrated by Charles Laughton and adapted from a chapter in Charles Dickens's comic novel "The Pickwick Papers". The recording was later transferred to LP and eventually CD. On both LP and CD, it was coupled with Ronald Colman's recording of ... See more »

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H. Eisler | Hans Eisler
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Someone who knows only music, understands nothing about it.

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A faithful communist, he wrote the national anthem of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), 'Auferstanden aus Ruinen.' While in official circles he was held up as a celebrated cultural figure, Eisler's avant-garde music was rejected by Communist authorities. Eisler would slip away from East Berlin to go bar-hopping in the Allied sectors of the city, a form of recreation cut short by the ... See more »

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