Bernd Eichinger

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Bernd Eichinger
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Bernd Eichinger, 2008
Born (1949-04-11)11 April 1949
Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany
Died 24 January 2011(2011-01-24) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, United States
Occupation Film producer
Film director
Years active 1972–2010
Spouse(s) Katja Hofmann (2006–2011)
Partner(s) Katja Flint (1990s)
Corinna Harfouch (1999–2004)
Children Nina Eichinger

Bernd Eichinger (11 April 1949 – 24 January 2011) was a German film producer, director and screenwriter

Life and career

Eichinger was born in Neuburg an der Donau. He attended the University of Television and Film Munich in the 1970s, and bought a stake in the fledgling studio company Neue Constantin Film in 1979, becoming its executive director. Under his leadership, Constantin Film evolved into one of the most successful German film businesses. As of 2005, he was chairman of the supervisory board and still owned a substantial stake in the company. Eichinger also produced some movies independently (for example Downfall).[1] One of Eichinger's last films was about the left-wing terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF) based on the book Der Baader Meinhof Komplex ("The Baader-Meinhof Complex") by Stefan Aust.[2]


Eichinger died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on 24 January 2011 at the age of 61.[1][3]



Selected filmography

Bernd Eichinger's best known films include:

Year Title Director Notes
1977 Grete Minde Heidi Genée
1977 Die Konsequenz Wolfgang Petersen
1982 Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo Uli Edel[1]
1984 The Neverending Story Wolfgang Petersen[1]
1986 The Name of the Rose Jean-Jacques Annaud[1]
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Uli Edel
1991 Manta, Manta Wolfgang Büld
1992 The Cement Garden Andrew Birkin
1993 The House of the Spirits Bille August
1994 Der bewegte Mann Sönke Wortmann
1996 Das Mädchen Rosemarie Eichinger himself TV film
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Bille August
1997 Prince Valiant Anthony Hickox
1999 Der große Bagarozy Eichinger himself also screenwriter
2001 Nowhere in Africa Caroline Link co-produced by Eichinger; won Oscar
2002 Resident Evil Paul Anderson[1]
2004 Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel also screenwriter
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Alexander Witt
2005 Fantastic Four Tim Story
2006 Atomised Oskar Roehler
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Tom Tykwer co-writer
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Russell Mulcahy
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Tim Story
2008 The Baader Meinhof Complex Uli Edel[1] also screenwriter
2010 Zeiten ändern dich Uli Edel co-writer
2011 3096 Bernd Eichinger
2012 The Vow Michael Sucsy not credited


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "German filmmaker Bernd Eichinger dies at 61". Reuters. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. (German) "Der Eichinger-Komplex" in Jungle World, 2006-02-22. ISSN 1613-0766.
  3. "Produzent Bernd Eichinger gestorben". Spiegel Online. 25 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. PreistraegerdesBayerischenFilmpreises-Pierrot PDF

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