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12 January 2013

Joachim Brennecke

Handsome German actor Joachim Brennecke (1919 - 2011) never made the great breakthrough in the film business, still he took part in many films and peaked in the 1950's.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3626/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Foto Binz, Berlin.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Ross-Verlag, no. G 82, 1941-1944. Photo: Foto Binz, Berlin.

Joachim Brennecke
German collectors card in the series Filmstars aus aller Welt by Coconuss, no. 16. Photo: Rank.

Nazi Propaganda
Joachim Brennecke was born in Berlin, Germany in 1919. His father was the poet Peter Emanuel Steeg, whose real name was Willy Brennecke. From 1938 on, he attended the national acting school of the Preußischen Staatstheater and during his studies he made his film debut with the lead part in the comedy Zwei Welten/Two Worlds (1940, Gustaf Gründgens). From 1939 till 1945 he worked as a member of the ensemble of the Preußischen Staatstheater. Till the end of war he also played in Nazi propaganda films like the fluffy romantic musical Wunschkonzert/Request Concert (1940, Eduard von Borsody) with Ilse Werner, and U-Boote westwärts!/U-Boat, Course West! (1941, Günther Rittau). Thie latter follows the exploits of a German submarine as it prowls the North Atlantic.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, nr. A 3660/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3660/2, 1941-1944. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3833/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3503/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Foto Binz / Ufa.

DEFA
After the war Joachim Brennecke continued his theatre and film career in Germany and Austria. His engagements led him to Hamburg, Munich and Vienna. The post-war film also asked him again after 1950. He played the lead in mediocre films like the DEFA production Der Kahn der fröhlichen Leute/The Boat of the Merry People (1950, Hans Heinrich), Pension Schöller (1952, Georg Jacoby), Die Kaiserin von China/The Empress of China (1953, Steve Sekely) with Grethe Weiser, and Der Vetter aus Dingsda/The Cousin fromDingsda (1953, Karl Anton) starring Vera Molnar. He was last seen in the TV film Bedaure, falsch verbunden/Sorry, Wrong Number (1962, Paul Verhoeven), based on Lucille Fletcher’s often filmed thriller. He continued to work in the theatre, but in 1972 he retired from showbusiness to work as a pr consultant and as a publisher of books on the work of his father, poet Peter Emanuel Steeg. At the agte of 92, Joachim Brennecke died in 2011 in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. He and his wife Ilse Brennecke-Batliner had a daughter, Daniela Brennecke.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3503/2, 1941-1944. Photo: Foto Binz / Ufa.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. A 3112/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3833/2, 1941-1944. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Joachim Brennecke
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin, no. A 568. Photo: Magna Film / Deutsche London Film. Publicity still for Pension Schöller (1952, Georg Jacoby).

Sources: Stephanie D'Heil (Steffi-line.de), Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Filmportal.de, IMDb and Wikipedia.

1 comment:

One Mans Treasure said...

Hi Bob
Thanks again for providing information for my latest post.
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John Toohey