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Never Stop Beginning - The Ufa-Star Carola Hoehn (Hoere nie auf anzufangen - Der Ufa-Star Carola Hoehn)

Never Stop Beginning - The Ufa-Star Carola Hoehn

Between 1934 and the end of the war, Carola Hoehn appeared in over 30 films. In April, April and Zu neuen Ufern she starred in films directed by Douglas Sirk. Johannes Heesters was her partner in Der Bettelstudent, Willi Forst in Koenigswalzer, Hans Moser in Liebe streng verboten and Heinz Ruehmann in Hurra, ich bin Papa. Unlike the femme fatale Zarah Leander or the sing and dance queen Marika Roekk, Carola Hoehn specialized in playing modern, intelligent, open-minded young women. After 1945 she made appearances on stage in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Bremen and Hanover. She was the German voice of stars like Katherine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, Maureen O'Hara and Danielle Darrieux. Theses dubbing assignments brought her from Berlin to Munich in 1950. In 1994 Carola Hoehn returned to the Berlin stage, playing the role of Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Theater des Westens. "Don't ever begin to give up - don't ever give up beginning" is the motto of the ever-young and full-blooded actress.

Robert Fischer has made this lively and passionate portrait, presenting numerous film clips, and newly shot footage of colleageus, friends and family, but above all - and in detail - Carola Hoehn herself.


Robert Fischer was born 1954 in Greven. He started writing about film in the mid-1970s and soon became one of Germany's foremost film historians. For his translations of Truffaut's complete writings into German, he was named Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Cultural Minister Jack Lang. Together with Joe Hembus he wrote a history of the New German Cinema. After five years as Vice Director at the Munich Film Museum, where he was involved in the reconstruction of Orson Welles’ unfinished films, he switched to filmmaking in 1999. A selection of his films includes: STRANGE BEHAVIOR OF MOVING PICTURES (short, 1978), MONSIEUR TRUFFAUT MEETS MR. HITCHCOCK (1999), NEVER STOP BEGINNING – UFA STAR CAROLA HOEHN (2000), FILM IS TRUTH: MILOS FORMAN (2000), FASSBINDER IN HOLLYWOOD (2002), DALTON TRUMBO: REBEL IN HOLLYWOOD (2006), ERNST LUBITSCH IN BERLIN (2006), WORKING WITH MAX OPHULS: LOLA MONTES REVISITED (2007), STARTING OUT: THE MAKING OF JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI’S DEEP END (2011), OUTLAW BROTHERS: THE MAKING OF THE LONG RIDERS (2013), SWAN SONG: THE STORY OF BILLY WILDER’S FEDORA (2014), RETURN OF BEETHOVEN STREET: SAM FULLER IN GERMANY (2015), SUCKER PUNCH BLUES: A LOOK BACK ON JOHN HUSTON’S FAT CITY (2017), and FILM BEYOND CINEMA: THE DUMPSTER KID EXPERIMENT AND OTHER UTOPIAS (2018), among others.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2000
Director Robert Fischer
Screenplay Robert Fischer
Cinematography Leo Potesil, Florian Sutor, Dieter Hohnhausen, Hermann Sojewa, Achim Hepers, Brian Scully
Natalie Kurz
Cast Carola Hoehn, Bruni Loebel, Hansi Wendler, Johannes Heesters, Eric Pleskow
Producer Loy W. Arnold
Production Company Bayerischer Rundfunk, in co-production with Transit Film/Munich, in cooperation with Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation/Wiesbaden
Length 50 min
Format DigiBeta PAL, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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