Günther Anders (cinematographer)

Günther Anders (born 8 November 1908 in Berlin;[1] died 16 September 1977 in Munich) was a German cameraman and cinematographer.


Anders was the son of a director of the film production company Eiko, later sales director for UFA. As early as 1918 he was appearing in child roles in silent films.

After leaving school in 1922 and completing an apprenticeship in the photographic department at UFA he trained at the State School of Phototechnics (Staatliche Hochschule für Fototechnik) in Munich. He then spent some years as an assistant to Carl Hoffmann, Karl Freund and Eugen Schüfftan. In 1934 he took full charge of the camera for the first time in Ich bin Du, a short film directed by Hoffmann.

After a considerable quantity of drama films Anders was reckoned among the top cameramen in the Third Reich. Besides his drama work he was involved in several significant propaganda films, such as Wunschkonzert and the anti-Polish production Heimkehr. On these he worked principally with the directors Karl Ritter and Gustav Ucicky. In the winter of 1944/45 he was cameraman on the last, unfinished, large-scale production of this era, Das Leben geht weiter ("Life Goes On").

In 1947 he began his post-war activity with the drama Zwischen gestern und morgen about returnees. As part of the cinema boom of the 1950s Anders received many commissions as cameraman, mostly in Austria. In 1965 he was successful in bringing the estranged brothers Attila Hörbiger and Paul Hörbiger together in front of the camera for the filming of the stage play Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind, of which he was the director. His last film was in 1968.

Günther Anders was married, as his second wife, to the costumier Charlotte Flemming.




  1. ^ The birthdate 12 July 1902 in Breslau given by the IMDb refers to the philosopher Günther Anders

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