Rosa Porten

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Rosa Porten
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Rosa Porten, ca. 1916
Born(1884-02-18)18 February 1884
Died7 May 1972(1972-05-07) (aged 88)
Other namesDr. R. Portegg
Years active19061928
Era Silent film
Spouse(s) Franz Eckstein
Parent(s) Franz Porten
Wincenzia Porten
Relatives Henny Porten (sister)
Fritz Porten (brother)

Rosa Porten (18 February 1884 – 7 May 1972) was a prolific German screenwriter, actress, and director during the silent film era. [1] [2] [3]


Early life

Porten was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, the daughter of Franz Porten and Wincenzia Porten (née Wybiral). She had a younger sister, Henny Porten, and a younger brother, Fritz Porten. Her father was an opera singer and her sister was a popular film star in Germany. [4]


As a child, Porten and her sister would often appear in school plays and moving picture image collections featuring opera and arias that their father shot.[ citation needed ]

As a director, Porten's films were notable for featuring storylines centered on women. [3]

Personal life

Porten was married to director Franz Eckstein. She died in 1972 in Munich, Germany.[ citation needed ]


The following is a selected list of works by Porten. [5] Film archivists suspect that Porten worked on over 50 films, but most have not survived due to the flammable nature of the films of that period. [4] Her films have been featured in film festivals like The Fifth International Women and the Silent Screen Conference, Stockholm University, Sweden in June 2008, Il Cinema Ritrovato and UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in 2010 and 2014.




As a director, Porten often co-directed with her husband, Franz Eckstein; in these instances she used the pseudonym, Dr. R. Portegg. [2] [6]

Works and publications

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  3. 1 2 Gaines, Jane M. (2007). "An Archive for the Future: Sad Songs of Nitrate: Women's Work in the Silent Film Archive". Camera Obscura . 22 (3 66): 171–178. doi:10.1215/02705346-2007-018.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Forster, Annette (June 2014). "Il Dottor Portegg, Suppongo? Le Commedie di e con Rosa Porten = Dr. R. Portegg, I presume? Comedies by and with Rosa Porten". Cineteca di Bologna . Retrieved 20 August 2015.[ permanent dead link ]
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