Geick, Eberhard


Eberhard Geick was born in Magdeburg, Germany, on September 18, 1944. After an apprenticeship as a lathe operator and his army service, he joined the East German Television Studio as a camera assistant. From 1969 to 1973, he studied cinematography at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Potsdam-Babelsberg (now Konrad Wolf Film University Babelsberg). After graduating, he underwent master training with director of photography Erich Gusko (Lotte in Weimar, dir. Egon Günther).


In 1976, Geick debuted as a director of photography with the feature film Lasset die Kindlein… (dir. Evelyn Schmidt), produced for East German television and based on a script by Wolfgang Kohlhaase. While shooting this film, he met director Konrad Wolf, who was supervising Evelyn Schmidt’s directing. Wolf invited him to work on his own feature film Solo Sunny, the story of a young, ambitious singer in East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. Geick’s photography, influenced by Italian neorealism and Russian, Polish, Hungarian and Czech film traditions, contributed to the international success of the film. In 1982, he collaborated with Wolf again on the six-part television documentary Busch singt, about the singer and actor Ernst Busch.


Geick also worked on director Frank Beyer’s production team for several feature films: Der Aufenthalt, about a young German POW who is falsely accused of murder and imprisoned in Poland; Der Hauptmann von Köpenick, a film adaptation of Carl Zuckmayer’s play; and Abgehauen, based on the autobiography of German singer and actor Manfred Krug, who left East Germany in 1977 after the expatriation of singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann. Beyer and Geick had planned another TV production after German unification; but work on Jahrestage (Anniversaries), based on a novel by Uwe Johnson, was halted one month before shooting because of differences between the director and producers.


In a career spanning four decades, Eberhard Geick has shot numerous documentaries and feature films by many renowned directors, including Konrad Wolf, Frank Beyer, Lutz Dammbeck, Helke Sander-Brahms, Ulrich Weiss, Peter Kern, Bernd Böhlich, Reiner Ackermann, Kurt Tetzlaff and his wife Juliane Geick. Like many GDR artists, Geick signed the petition against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann in 1976. In 1984, he decided not to return to the GDR after shooting a film in West Germany and, instead, continued working in the west. One of his first productions there was the love story Laputa, by Helma Sander-Brahms, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.


Since the late 1980s, Geick has photographed several films by artist and film director Lutz Dammbeck. Their collaboration started with a short film on three East German artists, Der Maler kam aus fremden Land (co-cinematography with Hartmut Lange). This was followed by Herakles Höhle—a reflection on life in totalitarian societies and the relationship between art and power—and Zeit der Götter, a documentary about the Nazi sculptor Arno Breker. Geick is credited, in tandem with cinematographer Thomas Plenert, for Dammbeck’s films on East German visual art, Dürers Erben and Das Meisterspiel, which was awarded the Silver Dove at the 1998 Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films. Geick was also one of the cameramen who created the look for Dammbeck’s powerful documentary Overgames, an investigation into the roots and influence of game shows.


Eberhard Geick has also taught cinematography at the Konrad Wolf Filmuniversität Babelsberg (1993, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1999-2000), the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (1996), and the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Munich (1985).


2015 Overgames (doc)
2008 Polizeiruf 110: Wolfsmilch (Police Call 110: Euphorbia, TV)
2008 Das Glück am Horizont (Happiness on the Horizon, TV)
2007 Liebe ist das schönste Geschenk (Love Is the Best Present, TV)
2007 Momella – Eine Farm in Afrika (Momella: A Farm in Africa, TV mini-series)
2004 Liebe auf Bewährung (Love on Probation, TV)
2003 Ursula R. – ein Frauenschicksal im Kalten Krieg (Ursula R.: A Woman’s Fate in the Cold War, doc)
2003 Rotlicht – Im Dickicht der Grossstadt (Red Light: In the Big City Jungle, TV)
2002 Berlin, Berlin (TV series)
2001 Der Verleger (The Publisher, TV mini-series)
1998 Das Meisterspiel (The Master Game, doc)
1998 Winnetous Rückkehr (Winnetou’s Return, TV)
1998 Abgehauen (Getting Out, TV)
1997 Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain of Köpenick, TV)
1997 Die Exodus-Kinder (The Children of the Exodus Ship, doc)
1997 Der Kindermord (The Child Murder, TV)
1996 Dürers Erben (Dürer’s Heirs, doc)
1995 Immenhof (TV series)
1993 Sechs Weihnachten (Six Christmases, doc)
1993 Zeit der Götter. Der Bildhauer Arno Breker (Time of the Gods: Sculptor Arno Breker, doc)
1992 Abstecher (Side Trip, doc)
1991 Miraculi
1990 Herakles Höhle (Hercules’ Cave, short, TV)
1989 Harald & Eddi (TV series)
1989 Der Maler kam aus fremden Land (The Painter Came from a Foreign Country, short, doc)
1988 Grenzüberschreitung (Border Crossing, short, TV)
1987 Crazy Boys
1986 Laputa
1986 Francesca (TV)
1983 Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – für Manuela (For Manuela: Memories of a Landscape, doc)
1983 Isabel auf der Treppe (Isabel on the Stairs)
1982 Der Aufenthalt (Held for Questioning)
1982 Busch singt… Ein Toter auf Urlaub, Teil 5 (Busch Sings: A Dead Man on Vacation, Part 5, doc)
1980 Singe den Frieden (Sing for Peace, short, doc)
1978 Solo Sunny
1978 Sibirische Ansichten (Siberian Views, short, doc)
1977 Bin ich vielleicht noch zu geduldig (Maybe I Am Too Patient, short, doc)
1977 Inti-Illimani (short, doc)
1976 Lasset die Kindlein… (Suffer the Little Children…, TV)


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