Georg Tressler

Georg Tressler (January 25, 1917 – January 6, 2007) was a Vienna-born German film actor and film director. Also known as George Tressler, Hans Tressler, Hans Dressler, Hans Georg Keil and Hans Sternbeck (per IMDb).

The son of actor Otto Tressler, he began his acting career in the 1930s. George Tressler was drafted into the German army during World War II and served on the Russian Front. He became ill and was released from the service and returned to Vienna.

In the immediated post-war period Tressler was employed making films to help his Austrian compatriots better understand how to benefit from US Marshall Plan aid.[1] According to Maria Fritsche, author of "The American Marshall Plan Film Campaign and the Europeans: A Captivated Audience?" Tressler took special efforts to find ways to convince his audience accepting US aid was of genuine benefit to them. In particular, when he found Austrian farmers feared the techniques and technology used in America on much larger American farms was inapplicable to their much smaller farms Tressler found ways to show how those techniques could be adapted to Austrian farms.

When Tressler turned to directing feature films, many of them shared themes of youthful rebellion.[2][3] His 1956 film Die Halberstarken/Teenage Wolfpack was one of the most popular films in Austria.

He directed nearly 80 movies during his lifetime, including The Death Ship (1959) with Horst Buchholz and Mario Adorf. He came to Hollywood and directed Disney's The Magnificent Rebel (1962). Other works include Teenage Wolfpack (1956) and 2069: A Sex Odyssey (1974). His 1966 film Der Weibsteufel was entered into the 16th Berlin International Film Festival.

He died on January 6, 2007, in Saxony, three weeks shy of his 90th birthday.

Selected filmographyEdit

Director

Actor

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Maria Fritsche (2018). The American Marshall Plan Film Campaign and the Europeans: A Captivated Audience?. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781350009356. Retrieved 2020-05-05.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Timothy Shary; Alexandra Seibel (2007). Youth Culture in Global Cinema. pp. 27, 30, 32, 33. ISBN 9780292709300. Retrieved 2020-05-05.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Constantin Parvulescu (2015). Orphans of the East: Postwar Eastern European Cinema and the Revolutionary Subject. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253017659. Retrieved 2020-05-05.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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