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Carl Schenkel was born in Bern/Switzerland in 1948 and studied Sociology in Frankfurt. During his studies, he wrote short stories, reports and film critiques for various newspapers. His cross-over into the film industry came after he directed an advertising spot for the city of Frankfurt. Thereafter, he worked as assistant director for filmmakers like Wolfgang Staudte and Hans W. Geissendoerfer from 1975-1979. He then collaborated on screenplays with Roland Klick, among others. His films include: Kalt wie Eis (1981), Out Of Order (Abwaerts, 1984), Bay Coven (1987), Silence Like Glass (Zwei Frauen, 1989), The Mighty Quinn (1989), Knight Moves (aka Face to Face, 1992), Exquisite Tenderness (1994), Beyond Betrayal (TV, 1994), In The Lake Of The Woods (TV, 1996), Kalte Kuesse (TV, 1997), Tarzan ... And the Lost City (1998), Hostile Takeover (1999/2000)and Murder on the Orient Express (TV, 2001).