Christiane Hörbiger: A Legendary Icon of Austrian Acting – Documentary & Reportage on time.history

2023-10-14 19:05:00

Documentary & Reportage | time.history

ORF legends: Christiane Hörbiger

She was without a doubt the “Grande Dame” of the Austrian acting guard. Whether in film, on television or on stage, Christiane Hörbiger managed to achieve the impossible feat of being loved by everyone. She was a crowd favorite for decades.
The daughter of the Austrian acting goddess Paula Wessely and her equally famous husband Attila Hörbiger impressed in the “Danube Stories”, “Schtonk”, “The Guldenburg Heritage” and “The Visit of the Old Lady”. She was seen in “Julia – An Unusual Woman” no less than 65 times. From 1969 to 1972 she was the prostitute in Salzburg’s “Everyman”, then Marie in William Shakespeare’s “What You Want”, Flora in Johann Nepomuk Nestroy’s “Talisman”, and Genia Hofreiter in Arthur Schnitzler’s “The Wide Land”. She had a permanent engagement at the Schauspielhaus Zurich from 1967 to 1985, played Elisabeth in Friedrich Schiller’s “Maria Stuart”, Dorine in Molière’s “Tartuffe”, Arkadina in Chekhov’s “The Seagull”, the Old Woman in Eugène Ionesco’s “The Chairs”, Alice in August Strindberg’s “Dance of Death”.
In archive interviews, Christiane Hörbiger talks about her difficult start as an actress in the shadow of her famous parents, the painful handling of criticism but also the highlights of her career. Her sister Maresa Hörbiger gives a look at the private side of the Hörbiger family. She recapitulates how her parents dealt with their controversial role in National Socialism and how their daughters had to wrestle with this legacy. Companions and stars from the film business such as Xaver Schwarzenberger report on the life and work of an acting icon. Her life is Austrian theater history, film history, television history. On November 30th last year, Christiane Hörbiger died in her hometown of Vienna.

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