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The Anti-Diva

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When the Defa Foundation brought the movie “1-2-3 Corona” back to some theaters in the summer of 2000, the title attracted attention. But the debris film, which was made in Berlin in 1947, has nothing to do with viruses. It is about a circus that sets up its tent in the bombed city, its main attraction is a young trapeze artist named Corona.

After she is injured falling off the tightrope, the group of hikers abandons her. But the members of two youth gangs pick up the artist again and improvise a show with her that turns into a triumph. The film, influenced by neorealism, lightly and humorously tells the story of war children who grew up as orphans.

Schlossparktheater talent factory

The lead role was played by Eva-Ingeborg Scholz, who was 19 years old when the film was shot. She had been bombed several times with her parents in Berlin and since 1947 she was on the stage of the Schlossparktheater, in whose ensemble there were also future stars such as Hildegard Knef and Klaus Kinski. Divas were alien to Scholz, with the down-to-earth, life-hungry role of hers making her a much-sought-after supporting actress in post-war German cinema.

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She was seen in the drama “Der Verlorene” dealing with Nazi crimes – actor Peter Lorre’s only directing job to return from Hollywood – and in Helmut Käutner’s film adaptation of Zuckmayer’s “Des Teufels General”, but also with clothes like ‘Through against all odds’ or thrillers like ‘Bandits of the Autobahn’.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder chose her for his gangster film “The American Soldier” (1970), Helmut Dietl for the chic satire “Rossini” (1997). Her filmography lists about a hundred roles, and in 2018 she received the German Acting Award for an appearance in “Tatort”.

More recently, Eva-Ingeborg Scholz lived in Gräfelfing near Munich. Now, as her agency announced, she has died. She was 94 years old.


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