Groschopp, Richard

FILM DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER (GERMANY)
BORN 19 Feb 1906, Cölleda, Thünringen - DIED 8 Jul 1996, Kleinmachnow, Brandenburg (near Berlin)
GRAVE LOCATION Kleinmachnow (near Berlin), Brandenburg: Waldfriedhof Kleinmachnow

Richard Groschopp was educated as a confectioner. Next to his work he became a member of the Association of Film Amateurs and he wrote articles for "Film für Alle". He also made some short films and won prizes with them at festivals. In 1936 Boehner-Film engaged him as camera man and director. He worked for Leni Riefenstahl when she filmed her "Olympia" in 1936. During the Second World War he produced instruction films anti-aircraft guns and marines.

In February 1945 he and his family survived the bomb attacks on Dresden. They lost their home and moved to Wirsberg in Bavaria. In 1946 he returned to Dresden, where Boehner-Film was now supervised by the Russian miltary administration. Boehner-Film was confiscated by the state and became DEFA-Produktion Sachsen. He made propaganda films and instruction films for the company until he went to the DEFA studio in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1950. The he created his first film "Modell Bianka" in 1951. He also wrote scripts for other directors. He created a series of satirical short films about life in the DDR that were also propaganda against capitalism.

After 1958 he concentrated on his own feature films. "Ware für Katalonien" (1959) and "Die Liebe und der Co-Pilot" (1961) were both successes. The western "Chingachgook, die große Schlange" (1967) was a big hit in the DDR. Groshopp married the publicist Ursula Madrasch-Groschopp (1916-2004) in 1965 and he lived in Kleinmachnov near Berlin from 1958 until his death in 1996.

Images

The grave of Richard Groschopp aJan Bontjes van Beek at the Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf, Berlin.
 

Sources
Richard Groschopp – Wikipedia


Gross, Jenny

Published: 14 Nov 2020
Last update: 14 Nov 2020