Gernot Roll in 2015
|Born||9 April 1939|
|Died||12 November 2020 81) (aged|
Gernot Roll (9 April 1939 –12 November 2020) was a German cinematographer, film director and script writer. He collaborated on several films with directors Edgar Reitz and Sönke Wortmann. He was regarded as an expert on literary adaptations and film biographies, such as The Buddenbrooks , filming Thomas Mann's novel in eleven television episodes directed by Franz Peter Wirth, and the same work again in 2008 in the film directed by Heinrich Breloer.
Roll was born in Dresden and grew up in Pirna.At the age of 14 he began training as a cameraman and then worked at the DEFA Studios in Berlin-Babelsberg. His first film as a camera assistant was the fairy tale film The Singing Ringing Tree . In 1960 he went to West Germany to work at Bavaria Film in Munich. He filmed literary works such as Geschlossene Gesellschaft , and television series such as Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre and Tatort . From 1976, he worked as a freelance cinematographer. He was considered an expert in literary adaptations and film biographies. In 1979, he was the cinematographer for The Buddenbrooks , eleven episodes for television of Thomas Mann's novel, directed by Franz Peter Wirth.
Roll's breakthrough came with the celebrated 16-hour TV series Heimat – Eine deutsche Chronik by Edgar Reitz in 1984.Among his films were Caroline Link's Jenseits der Stille and Helmut Dietl's Rossini – oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief . He worked with Sönke Wortmann for Der bewegte Mann , with Peter Sehr for Kaspar Hauser , and with Link again for Oscar-winning Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa). He also worked with directors including Jo Baier, Axel Corti and Peter Keglevic.
Roll's debut as a director was in the film Radetzkymarsch. Roll was the director for films including the children's classic Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (The Robber Hotzenplotz) in 2006. In 2008, he was the cinematographer for Heinrich Breloer's film Die Buddenbrooks .
Roll was one of the founding members of the Deutsche Filmakademie in 2003.
He was married to the producer Rita Serra-Roll;their son is the actor Michael Roll (born 1961). They lived in the Hunsrück.
Roll died on 12 November 2020 in Munich after a severe illness, at the age of 81.
Films for which Roll was the cinematographer include:
|1970||The Last Escape||Walter Grauman|
|1971–72||Salto Mortale||Michael Braun||TV series|
|1977||Zero Hour||Edgar Reitz|
|1979||The Buddenbrooks||Franz Peter Wirth||TV series|
|1980||Ein Stück Himmel||Wirth|
|1984||Heimat – eine deutsche Chronik||Reitz||TV series|
|1985||Mit meinen heißen Tränen||Fritz Lehner|
|1989||The Rose Garden||Fons Rademakers|
|1982||Kleine Haie||Sönke Wortmann|
|1994||Der bewegte Mann||Wortmann|
|1996||Das Mädchen Rosemarie||Bernd Eichinger||TV film|
|1996||Beyond Silence||Caroline Link|
|2001||Nowhere in Africa||Link|
|2001||Die Manns – Ein Jahrhundertroman||Heinrich Breloer||miniseries|
|2005||Speer und Er||Breloer|
|2010||Henri 4||Jo Baier|
|2013||Home from Home||Reitz|
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