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25 October 2012

Sabine Sinjen

German stage and film actress Sabine Sinjen (1942-1995) was a natural and innocent teenager star in the 1950s. She changed her image and became a protagonist of the Neue Deutsche Film in the 1960s.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by UFA, Berlin-Tempelhoff, no. CK-316. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: Arthur Grimm / UFA.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag G.m.b.H., Minden-Westf., no. 569. Photo: Kolibri / Enzwieser.

Sabine Sinjen
Dutch postcard by Gebr. Spanjersberg N.V., Rotterdam, no. 4295, licency holder for UFA/Film-Foto in the Netherlands. Sent by mail in 1959. Photo: UFA.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by UFA, Berlin-Tempelhoff, no. CK-207. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: UFA.

Cheesy Heimatfilms
Sabine Sinjen was born in Itzehoe, Germany in 1942 as the daughter of the journalist Marlen Sinjen. Her father, an engineer and architect died during the war in Russia. As a little girl she already performed for the children's radio of the WDR, and later she took drama lessons. In Die Frühreifen/The Prematures (1957, Josef von Báky) she played her first film role as the innocent-naive Hannelore who falls in love with the wrong guy. She proved to be a natural talent and next she played with Lili Palmer and Romy Schneider in the remake of Mädchen in Uniform/Girls in Uniform (1958, Géza von Radványi). Film producer Artur Brauner gave her a seven-year contract, and she became a star with the box office hit Stefanie (1958, Josef von Báky) and the sequel Stefanie in Rio (1960, Curtis Bernhardt). Brauner kept her playing the natural and innocent teenager in cheesy Heimatfilms like Die Försterchristel/The Forester's Daughter (1962, Franz Josef Gottlieb), but she did not want to be typecasted and broke her contract. More interesting films were Das Glas Wasser/A Glass of Water (1960, Helmut Käutner) and the German western Die Flußpiraten vom Mississippi/Pirates of the Mississippi (1964, Jürgen Roland). Like Romy Schneider she went to France, where she made films like Les tontons flingueurs/Crooks in Clover (1963, Georges Lautner).

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by Kolibri Verlag G.m.b.H., Minden/Westf., no. 773. Photo: Kolibri / Entwieser.

Sabine Sinjen
Dutch postcard by Gebr. Spanjersberg N.V. (Licency holder of Ufa for the Netherlands), Rotterdam, no. 358/960. Photo: Arthur Grimm / Ufa.

Carlos Thompson, Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by Ufa. Photo: Publicity still for Stefanie (1958) with Carlos Thompson.

Peter Weck, Sabine Sinjen
Dutch postcard by SYBA, no. 461. Promotional card for Centrafilm, Den Haag. Publicity still for Die Försterchristel/The Forester's Daughter (1962) with Peter Weck.

Neue Deutsche film
In the early 1960’s Sabine Sinjen debuted as a stage actress in the Schiller Theatre in Berlin. On TV she became very popular as the daughter of Gustav Knuth in the series Alle meine Tiere/All My Animals (1962-1963). In 1963 she married director Peter Beauvais, with whom she made some ambitious TV plays. In the mid-1960’s she started to work with film director Ulrich Schamoni and became the protagonist of the Neue Deutsche film (New German Cinema). In such films as Es/It (1965, Ulrich Schamoni), Alle Jahre wieder/Next Year, Same Time (1967, Ulrich Schamoni) and Wir zwei/We Two (1969, Ulrich Schamoni) she played women in problematic situations. Sinjen won several awards for these roles.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by WS-Druck, Wanne-Eickel, no. 291. Photo: Arthur Grimm / Europa.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag G.m.b.H., Minden-Westf., no. 615. Photo: Kolibri / Enzwieser.

Sabine Sinjen
Dutch postcard by Takken, Utrecht, no. AX 4566.

Sabine Sinjen
Dutch postcard by Takken, Utrecht, no. AX 4199. Photo: HAFBO-Film.

Eye-patch
During the 1970’s Sabine Sinjen concentrated on theatre and television. Occasionally she made a film, like Am Wege/On the Road (1975, Peter Beauvais) and Caspar David Friedrich - Grenzen der Zeit/Boundaries of Time: Caspar David Friedrich (1986, Peter Schamoni). In 1984 she was diagnosed with cancer and lost the sight in her right eye, but still she kept playing in theatre and on TV, wearing an eye-patch. She played her last film part in Das Haus im Ginster/The House in the Macchia (1992, Gottfried Junker). The cancer killed her in 1995. Sabine Sinjen was married twice, first to Peter Beauvais and later to Günther Huber, who ia also a director.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by UFA, Berlin-Tempelhoff, no. CK-255. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: Serda / UFA.

Sabine Sinjen
German Postcard by ISV, no. M 19. Photo: Europa Film / Lilo.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by ISV, no. M 20. Photo: Europa Film / Lilo.

Sabine Sinjen
German postcard by Terra-Color, nr. F 150. Photo: private.

Sources: Stephanie D'heil (Steffi-Line), Filmportal.de (German), Wikipedia (German), and IMDb.

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Sabine Sinjen was a German film actress. She appeared in 54 films between 1957 and 1994.She has got natural beauty.

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Brauner kept her playing the natural and innocent teenager in cheesy Heimatfilms like Die Försterchristel/The Forester's Daughter (1962, Franz Josef Gottlieb), but she did not want to be typecasted and broke her contract.