|Years active 1972–2010|
Name Bernd Eichinger
|Role Film producer|
Children Nina Eichinger
|Born 11 April 1949 (1949-04-11) Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany|
Occupation Film producer Film director Screenwriter
Partner(s) Katja Flint (1990s) Corinna Harfouch (1999–2004)
Died January 24, 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse Katja Eichinger (m. 2006–2011)
Parents Ingeborg Eichinger, Manfred Eichinger
Movies Downfall, Perfume: The Story of a Murd, The Baader Meinhof, The Name of the Rose, The NeverEnding Story
Similar People Nina Eichinger, Katja Eichinger, Uli Edel, Corinna Harfouch, Tom Tykwer
German film industry mourns Eichinger
Bernd Eichinger (11 April 1949 – 24 January 2011) was a German film producer, director and screenwriter.
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- Life and career
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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). 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.
The range of genres of films, for television and the big screen, was unusually varied. He produced a 3D zombie movie, Resident Evil:Afterlife; to Atomized, a film adaptation of the controversial novel by French recluse Michel Houellebecq. He was an incredibly prolific film maker, with almost 100 films to his credit.
Eichinger was known as tenacious. It took him 20 years to convince Patrick Susskind, the German author of Perfume:The Story of a Murderer, to trust him with the rights to make the international bestseller into a film. In 2006 the film was released, grossing $135 million worldwide.
In the 1980s Eichinger obtained the film rights to the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, decades before making movies based on Marvel comics was trending.
In 1991 he was a co-founder of Summit, the Los Angeles-based production and film sales company. Due to the success of Twilight, Summit eventually became Summit Entertainment.
Eichinger was married to Katja Hoffman, a journalist. He has a daughter from a previous relationship, Nina Eichinger, an actress and TV presenter.
Eichinger died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on 24 January 2011 at the age of 61.
Bernd Eichinger's best known films include: