Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RIP Peter Schamoni

Director Peter Schamoni has died.

Producer, director Peter Schamoni is inextricably linked with the comedy "Zur Sache, Schätzchen!" The film made in 1968 not only made him famous overnight, but also young actress Uschi Glas. Schamoni died today June 14, at the age of 77, in Munich, Germany. Schamoni was born on March 27, 1934, in Berlin, Germany. He had been in a Munich hospital for the past two weeks suffering from pancreatic cancer which was only diagnosed this past Easter. He continued with projects while undergoing treatment. Peter produced and directed more than 30 films and documentaries. He won six Federal Awards and five Bavarian Film Awards, a Silver Bear and an Oscar nomination. On January 16, 2009 he was awarded the Bavarian Film Award of merit for lifetime achievement. Peter is the son of actress
Maria Schamoni (Maria Vormann) [1906–1984], brother of cinematographer, actor Victor Schamoni [1932–1975], producer, director, writer, actor Thomas Schamoni [1936-2014], director screenwriter, actor Ulrich Schamoni [1939-1998]. Schamoni directed, edited and acted in the 1976 Euro-western "Potato Fritz" (aka "Montana Trap").

[Thanks to Dan van Husen for alerting me to Peter's passing.]

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