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Encyclopedia > Luis Trenker

Luis Trenker (actually Alois Franz Trenker) October 4, 1892 in St. Ulrich, Südtirol; † April 12, 1990 in Bozen, Südtirol, was a German film director, architect, and actor.

Trenker studied architecture after Abitur from 1912 till the outbreak of World War I. He fought on the Austrian side, serving mainly in the Alps. He wrote several books literally based upon his war experiences, the most important of which were Fort Rocca Alta and Berge in Flammen.

After the war, he resumed his studies, and worked in Bozen as an architect.

His first contact with film came in 1921, in which he helped Arnold Fanck on a mountain film. The main actor could not perform the stunts required, and so Trenker assumed the leading role. He gradually assumed more roles on set, and by 1928 was directing, writing and starring in his films. By this year he had abandoned his job as an architect to concentrate on art and married Hilde Bleichert, with whom he had four children.

The main theme of Trenker's work was the idealization of connection with the homeland and pointing out the decadence of city life. This loosely played into the hands of Nazi propogandists, who seized upon the nationalistic elements of his work. However, Luis refused to allow his work to subverted as such and eventually moved to Rome to avoid further governmental pressure. This, though, was not to be and after a pair of documentary films Trenker returned to Bozen to quit making movies.

After the war Trenker was accused of fascist opportunism but eventually the charges were dropped. In the mid 50's he again able to make movies, though by 1965 he had switched mainly to the documentary form, focusing mainly upon the Austrian Tyrol.

He also returned to writing about the mountains there, eventually dying at the age 97 in 1990.

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Film im Bayerischen Fernsehen | Bayerischer Rundfunk (192 words)
Der "Bergfex" Luis Trenker begeisterte das Publikum seit den zwanziger Jahren mit seinen Filmen: "Von der Liebe besiegt" - Trenker übernahm neben der Hauptrolle auch die Regie - über "Der Berg ruft", das Remake eines Stummfilmklassikers bis hin zu seinem ersten Tonfilm "Der Sohn der weißen Berge" (1930).
Luis Trenker spielt den italienischen Bergführer Antonio Carrel.
In dieser dramatischen Kriegs- und Heimatgeschichte verarbeitete Luis Trenker persönliche Erlebnisse aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg, als er an der Alpenfront kämpfte.
Amazon.de: Der Berg ruft (2 DVDs): DVD: Heidemarie Hatheyer,Herbert Dirmoser,Giuseppe Becce,Luis Trenker (494 words)
Luis Trenker Edition - Box-Set (9 DVDs) DVD ~ Luis Trenker
Dieses mitreißende Hochgebirgsdrama zeigt Luis Trenker in einer seiner berühmtesten Rollen: als italienischen Bergführer Tonio Carrel.
Als Bonus auf der zweiten Disc gibt es noch zwei "aktuellere" Dokumentationen von und über Luis Trenker.
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