Maximilian Schell
Academy Award-winning Swiss actor
Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell is an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg in 1961. He is also a writer, director and producer of several films.
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5 Sci-Fi Movies That Should Be Remade
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Sci-fi is possibly the most hit-or-miss genre of film. Done right, it's a thing of beauty: tingling the senses and captivating the imagination. Done wrong, it's cold, tedious, or worse: campy schlock. The below movies fall somewhere in between: interesting enough to be of note all these years later, yet not worthy of universal praise. Methinks they need to be remade -- stat! Dune What happens when you take a well-known sci-fi novel and place the film version in the hands of one of Hollywood's weirdest directors? Dune happens. The folks at Wikipedia describe it as such, "A young man foretold as the 'Kwisatz Haderach' attempts to lead the native Fremen of the titular desert planet to victory over the malevolent House Harkonnen." So uh, that clarifies that. Anyhow, it was a commercial and critical bust upon release, with my main man Roger Ebert calling it "An incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays ...
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Maximilian Schell remembered by Placido Domingo
LATimes - about 3 years
Maximilian Schell, the commanding Austrian-born actor who died Saturday at 83, is being remembered in obituaries for his long movie career, especially his Oscar-winning role in "Judgment at Nuremberg." In Los Angeles, audiences had the good fortune to appreciate another side of Schell -- opera director.
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Judgment at Nuremberg actor Maximilian Schell dies aged 83 - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - about 3 years
Sydney Morning Herald Judgment at Nuremberg actor Maximilian Schell dies aged 83 Sydney Morning Herald Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Oscar for best actor in 1961 for Judgment at Nuremberg, has died at the age of 83. Schell died following "a sudden and serious illness", agent Patricia Baumbauer said on Saturday. The actor became ill on ... Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell diesBBC News Maximilian Schell dies at 83; Oscar-winning actorLos Angeles Times Film Actor Maximilian Schell Dead at 83Wall Street Journal New York Times -Voice of America -Daily News & Analysis all 412 news articles »
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Maximilian Schell, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 83
NYTimes - about 3 years
Austrian-born actor Mr. Schell was a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg.”
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Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies
CNN - about 3 years
Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, winner of an Academy Award for his portrayal of a defense lawyer in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died,
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Oscar winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83
Fox News - about 3 years
Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
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Marlene Dietrich on TCM: SHANGHAI EXPRESS, THE SCARLET EMPRESS, THE DEVIL IS A ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Another option for a future Dietrich Day on TCM is Maximilian Schell's Oscar-nominated 1984 documentary Marlene. In that highly praised effort, only Dietrich's voice is heard (she refused to appear on camera) answering questions about her life and
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Sjogren Finds 'Redemption' in Petaluma - SF360.org
Google News - over 5 years
Isabelle Huppert and Maximilian Schell were attached to that earlier version, but it fell apart when the money couldn't be raised. After several revisions across many years, Beyond Redemption now centers on two women: Anna (Rabe), an East Bay wife who
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maximilian Schell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 83
    Schell died age 83 on 1 February 2014, in Innsbruck, Austria after a "sudden and serious illness".
    More Details Hide Details The German television news service Tagesschau reported that he had been receiving treatment for pneumonia. His grave is in Preitenegg/Carinthia (Austria) where the family home was and where he and his sister lived until the end.
  • 2011
    Age 80
    In 2011, Schell appeared at a 50th anniversary tribute to the film and his Oscar win, held in Los Angeles at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he spoke about his career and the film.
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  • 2008
    Age 77
    From 2008 he was romantically involved with German opera singer Iva Mihanovic; they eventually married on 20 August 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Schell was a semi-professional pianist for much of his life. He had a piano when he lived in Munich and said that he would play for hours at a time for his own pleasure and to help him relax: "I find I need to rest. An actor must have pauses in between work, to renew himself, to read, to walk, to chop wood." Conductor Leonard Bernstein claimed that Schell was a "remarkably good pianist." In 1982, on a program filmed for the U.S. television network PBS, before Bernstein conducted the Vienna Philharmonic playing Beethoven symphonies, Schell read from Beethoven's letters to the audience. In 1983, he and Bernstein co-hosted an 11-part TV series, Bernstein/Beethoven, featuring nine live symphonies, along with discussions between Bernstein and Schell about Beethoven's works. On other occasions, Schell worked with Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, which included a performance in Chicago of Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, and another in Jerusalem, of Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw. Schell also produced and directed a number of live operas, including Richard Wagner's Lohengrin for the Los Angeles Opera. He worked on the film project Beethoven's Fidelio, with Plácido Domingo and Kent Nagano.
  • 2007
    Age 76
    In 2007, he played the role of Albert Einstein on the German television series Giganten (Giants), which enacted the lives of people important in German history.
    More Details Hide Details Schell also served as a writer, producer and director for a variety of films, including the problematic documentary film, Marlene (1984), with the unwilling participation of Marlene Dietrich. It was nominated for an Oscar, received the New York Film Critics Award and the German Film Award. Originally, Dietrich, then 83 years of age, had agreed to allow Schell to interview and film her in the privacy of her apartment. However, after he began filming, she changed her mind and refused to allow any actual video footage of her be shown. During a videotaped interview, Schell described the difficulties he had while making the film.
  • 2006
    Age 75
    In 2006 he appeared in the stage play of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues, directed by Robert Altman, which played in London at the Old Vic.
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  • 2003
    Age 72
    From the 1990s until late in his career, Schell appeared in many German-language made-for-TV films, such as the 2003 film Alles Glück dieser Erde (All the Luck in the World) opposite Uschi Glas and in the television miniseries The Return of the Dancing Master (2004), which was based on Henning Mankell's novel.
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  • 2002
    Age 71
    After 2002, separated from his wife (whom he divorced in 2005), Schell had a relationship with the Austrian art historian Elisabeth Michitsch.
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  • 1996
    Age 65
    In a number of films Schell played the role of a Jewish character: as Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father, in The Diary of Anne Frank (1980); as the modern Zionist father in The Chosen (1981); in 1996, he played an Auschwitz survivor in Through Roses, a German film, written and directed by Jürgen Flimm; and in Left Luggage (1998) he played the father of a Jewish family.
    More Details Hide Details In The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), adapted from the stage play by Robert Shaw, Schell played both a Nazi officer and a Jewish Holocaust survivor, in a character with a double identity. Roger Ebert describes the main character, Albert Goldman, as "mad, and immensely complicated, and he is hidden in a maze of identities so thick that no one knows for sure who he really is." Schell, who at that period in his career saw himself primarily as a director, felt compelled to accept the part when it was offered to him: Schell's acting in the film has been compared favorably to his other leading roles, with film historian Annette Insdorf writing, "Maximilian Schell is even more compelling as the quick-tempered, quicksilver Goldman than in his previous Holocaust-related roles, including Judgment at Nuremberg and The Condemned of Altona". She gives a number of examples of Schell's acting intensity, including the courtroom scenes, where Schell's character, after supposedly being exposed as a German officer, "attacks Jewish meekness" in his defense, and "boasts that the Jews were sheep who didn't believe what was happening." The film eventually suggests that Schell's character is in fact a Jew, but one whose sanity has been compromised by "survivor guilt." Schell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 54
    In 1985 he met the Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko, whom he married in June 1986; their daughter Nastassja was born in 1989.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 37
    Beginning in 1968 Schell began writing, producing, directing and acting in a number of his own films: Among those were The Castle (1968), a German film based on the novel by Franz Kafka, about a man trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after he made Erste Liebe (First Love) (1970), based on a novel by Ivan Turgenev. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Schell's next film, The Pedestrian (1974), is about a German tycoon "haunted by his Nazi past". In this film, notes one critic, "Schell probes the conscience and guilt in terms of the individual and of society, reaching to the universal heart of responsibility and moral inertia." It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and was a "great and commercial success in Germany," notes Roger Ebert. Schell then produced, directed and acted as a supporting character in End of the Game (1975), a German crime thriller starring Jon Voight and Jacqueline Bisset. A few years later he co-wrote and directed the Austrian film, Tales from the Vienna Woods (1979).
  • 1961
    Age 30
    His performance in the TV drama was considered so good that he and Werner Klemperer were the only members of the original cast selected to play the same parts in the 1961 film version.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Academy Award for Best Actor, which was the first win for a German-speaking actor since World War II. After also winning the New York Film Critics award for his role, Schell recalled the pride he felt upon receiving a letter from his older sister, Maria Schell, who was already an award-winning actress: According to Reimer, Schell gave a "bravura performance," where he tried to defend his clients, Nazi judges, "by arguing that all Germans share a collective guilt" for what happened. Biographer James Curtis notes that Schell prepared for his part in the movie by "reading the entire forty-volume record of the Nuremberg trials." Author Barry Monush describes the impact of Schell's acting: Producer-director Stanley Kramer assembled a star-studded ensemble cast which included Spencer Tracy and Burt Lancaster. They "worked for nominal wages out of a desire to see the film made and for the opportunity to appear in it," notes film historian George McManus. Actor William Shatner remembers that prior to the actual filming, "we understood the importance of the film we were making." It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning two.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    He also was rumored to have been engaged to the first African American Supermodel Donyale Luna. in the mid 1960's.
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  • 1959
    Age 28
    In 1959, Schell acted in the role of a defense attorney in an edition of Playhouse 90 a live TV production of Judgment at Nuremberg, a fictionalized re-creation of the Nuremberg War Trials.
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  • 1958
    Age 27
    In 1958 Schell was invited to the United States to act in the Broadway play, "Interlock" by Ira Levin, in which Schell played the role of an aspiring concert pianist.
    More Details Hide Details He made his Hollywood debut in the World War II film, The Young Lions (1958), as the commanding German officer in another anti-war story, with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. German film historian Robert C. Reimer writes that the film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, again drew on Schell's powerful German characterisation to "portray young officers disillusioned with a war that no longer made sense." In 1960, Schell returned to Germany and played the title role in William Shakespeare's Hamlet for German TV, a role that he would play on two more occasions in live theatre productions during his career. Along with Laurence Olivier, Schell is considered "one of the greatest Hamlets ever," according to some. Schell recalled that when he played Hamlet for the first time, "it was like falling in love with a woman.... not until I acted the part of Hamlet did I have a moment when I knew I was in love with acting." Schell's performance of Hamlet was featured as one of the last episodes of the American comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1999.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Age 7
    The Schell family was forced to flee Vienna in 1938 to get "away from Hitler" after the Anschluss, when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany.
    More Details Hide Details They resettled in Zurich, Switzerland. In Zurich, Schell "grew up reading the classics," and when he was ten, wrote his first play. Schell recalls that as a child, growing up surrounded by the theatre, he took acting for granted and didn't want to become an actor at first: "What I wanted was to become a painter, a musician, or a playwright," like his father. Schell later attended the University of Zurich for a year, where he also played soccer and was on the rowing team, along with writing for newspapers as a part-time journalist for income. Following the end of World War II, he moved to Germany where he enrolled in the University of Munich and studied philosophy and art history. During breaks, he would sometimes return home to Zurich or stay at his family's farm in the country so he could write in seclusion:
    While he was a child, his family fled Vienna in 1938 when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, and they settled in Zurich, Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details After World War II ended, Schell took up acting or directing full-time. He appeared in numerous German films, often anti-war, before moving on to Hollywood. Schell was top billed in a number of Nazi-era themed films, as he could speak both English and German. Among those were two films for which he received Oscar nominations: The Man in the Glass Booth (1975; best actor), where he played a character with two identities, and Julia (1977; best supporting actor), where he helps the underground in Nazi Germany. His range of acting went beyond German characters, however, and during his career, he also played personalities as diverse as Venezuelan leader Simón Bolívar, Russian emperor Peter the Great, and scientist Albert Einstein. For his role as Vladimir Lenin in the television film, Stalin (1992), he won the Golden Globe Award. On stage, Schell acted in a number of plays, and his was considered "one of the greatest Hamlets ever."
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on December 8, 1930.
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