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Name: Arnold Fanck  
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Date of Birth: 6th March 1889
Place of Birth: Frankenthal, Palatinate, Germany
Profession: Director
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Arnold Fanck (born 6 March 1889 in Frankenthal; died 28 September 1974 in Freiburg im Breisgau) was a pioneer of the German mountain film.

Together with Odo Deodatus Tauern, Bernhard Villinger and Rolf Bauer, Fanck established the company "Berg- und Sportfilm GmbH Freiburg" in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1920. Fanck, who held a PhD in geology, realized mountain films, sport films and ski films. He was assisted by Sepp Allgeier, a cameraman who later belonged to Leni Riefenstahl's team. His most popular and successful films of the period between the wars include:

  • Das Wunder des Schneeschuhs (1919/20),
  • Die weiße Hölle von Piz Palü (1928) and
  • SOS Eisberg (1932), which was filmed off Greenland

During the National Socialist period, Fanck got in trouble with propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, since he refused to cooperate — apparently because of the necessity of joining the party. In 1934, he also began working on his film Der ewige Traum/Der König vom Mont-Blanc, which not only starred a French hero in French mountains, but also had a Jewish producer, Gregor Rabinowitsch. This conflict brought Fanck into economic difficulties, which he was only able to surmount by accepting a contract of the Japanese ministry of culture in 1936. With Die Tochter des Samurai and other "culture films", Fanck decided to cooperate with the fascist regime. Soon afterwards, he produced Ein Robinson (1938/39) a propaganda film for Bavaria Filmkunst. After World War II, Fanck's main films of the National Socialist period were proscribed by the allied military governments. Fanck received no further job offers and had to work as a lumberjack.

After the screening of his film Der ewige Traum at the mountain film festival in Trento in 1957, Fanck was once again recognized for his artistic achievements. In order to survive his economic difficulties, however, he was forced to sell the rights to his films to a friend, until TV broadcasts improved his situation.

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