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26 November 2013

Gertrud Arnold

Gertrud Arnold (1873-1931) was a German stage and screen actress.

Die Nibelungen: Gertrud Arnold as Queen Ute
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 672/3. Photo: Decla-Ufa-Film. Publicity still of Gertrud Arnold as Queen Ute in Fritz Lang's silent film Die Nibelungen (1924).

Queen Ute


When she was 20, Gertrud Arnold trained as an actress in Berlin. She had her first engagement in 1894 in Cottbus, followed by engagements in theatres in Jena, Halle and Hannover.

In 1911 she reached Berlin, where she performed a.o. at the Schillertheater and the Theater am Nollendorfplatz. Memorable parts were those of Iphigenie in Iphigenie auf Tauris, Lady Milford in Kabale und Liebe, and Anna Mahr in Gerhart Hauptmann's Einsame Menschen.

As of 1914 she also acted on screen. Her debut was probably in Pauline (Henri Etievant, 1914). A unique copy of this Vitascope film was found back in the Desmet Collection of the Netherlands Filmmuseum (now EYE).

Between 1921 and 1930, Gertrud acted in various silent German films, mostly as the elder woman. Her most important performance being that of Queen Ute in Die Nibelungen (Fritz Lang, 1924).

After that she played Matten in Zur Chronik von Grieshuus (Arthur von Gerlach, 1925), set in 1700 and starring Paul Hartmann, Lil Dagover, and Rudolf Forster.

Other memorable films were Im Namen des Kaisers (Robert Dinesen, 1925), the Austrian film Die Wiskottens (Arthur Bergen, 1926), Die Königin des Weltbades (Victor Janson, 1926) and the early sound film Rosenmontag (Hans Steinhoff, 1930) with Lien Deyers

Her last film was Brand in der Oper (Carl Froehlich, 1931) with Gustav Froehlich.

Gertrud Arnold died in Berlin in 1931.

Die Nibelungen: Margarethe Schön as Kriemhild
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 677/3. Photo: Decla-Ufa-Film. At the beginning of part 2 of Die Nibelungen, Kriemhild's Rache - after Siegfried has been killed by Hagen von Tronje - Margrave Rüdiger von Bechlam (Rudolf Ritttner) swears loyalty to the vengeful Kriemhild (Margarete Schön) in Fritz Lang's silent film Die Nibelungen (1924).

Die Nibelungen
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 673/6, 1919-1924. Photo: Decla-Ufa-Film. Publicity still for Die Nibelungen (1924, Fritz Lang) with Margarete Schön as Kriemhild near the corpse of Siegfried (Paul Richter). She points at the traitor Hagen Tronje (Hans Adalbert Schlettow). Her brother, king Gunther (Theodor Loos), is standing next to her.

Die Nibelungen 2: Kriemhilds Rache
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 671/8, 1919-1924. Photo: Decla-Ufa-Film. Publicity still for Die Nibelungen 2: Kriemhilds Rache/Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (Fritz Lang, 1924). Kriemhild (Margarete Schön) has gotten the deathblow. In the back, king Hetzel (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) looks in astonishment.

Source: Wikipedia (German).

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