16 January 2009

Carla Bartheel

Actress Carla Bartheel (1902-1983) was a star of the silent cinema in the late 1920s. Later she became a photographer and an author.

Carla Bartheel
German postcard by Ross verlag, no. 3827/1, 1927-1928. Photo: M. von Bucovich (Atelier K. Schenker).


Carla Bartheel (sometimes credited as Karla Barteel) was born Charlotte Franziska Johanna Barthel in Schwientochlowitz, Germany (now Świętochłowice, Poland), in 1902.

In 1927, she made her first film appearance in Addio giovinezza! (Augusto Genina, 1927) starring Walter Slezak, Elena Sangro and Carmen Boni.

That same years she played in eight films including Ein Mädel aus dem Volke (1927, Jacob & Luise Fleck), Kinderseelen klagen euch an (Kurt/Curtis Bernhardt, 1927), La storia di una piccola Parigina/Die Geschichte einer kleinen Pariserin (Augusto Genina, 1928), and Herkules Maier (Alexander Esway, 1928).

In the next years followed roles in Er geht rechts - sie geht links (1928, Fred Sauer), Scampolo (1928, Augusto Genina), Die Halbwüchsigen (1929, Edmund Heuberger), Katharina Knie (1929, Karl Grune), and the Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation Der Hund von Baskerville/The Hound of the Baskervilles (1929, Richard Oswald).

Warner Bros.

In the early 1930s Carla Bartheel appeared in German language versions of Hollywood productions.

Examples are Die Maske fällt/The Costume Falls (Wilhelm/William Dieterle, 1930), an alternative version of the Warner Bros. production The Way of All Men, and Dämon des Meeres/Demon of the Sea (Michael Curtiz, 1931), an adapation of Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.

She returned to Germany and made films like Eine Stadt steht kopf/A Town Stands on Its Head (Gustaf Gründgens, 1933) and the anti-communistic propaganda film Hans Westmar (Franz Wenzler, 1933).

After finishing her film career in 1933 she traveled and made photographs. In Northern Finland she made photos for her book Abenteuer an der Eismeerstraße (1939). Another book she published was Unter Sinai-Beduinen und Mönchen. Eine Reise (1943).

We could not find information on the internet about Carla Bartheel's later years. She died in 1983 in Berlin.

Sources: Thomas Staedeli, Wikipedia, and IMDb.

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