Karlheinz Martin

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Karlheinz Martin (May 6, 1886 – January 13, 1948) was a German stage and film director, best known for his expressionist productions. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_0

After enjoying success with experimental productions in Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg, Martin went to Berlin, where he premiered Ernst Toller's anti-war drama, Transfiguration (Die Wandlung) on September 30, 1919. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_1

Performed in a hall seating fewer than 300 spectators, the production used the intimacy of the space to drive home the horrors of Toller's script. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_2

The sets were jagged flats placed against blackness, and lit with harsh white spotlights. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_3

Scenes ended in blackouts not, as was customary at the time, with the curtain falling. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_4

Fritz Kortner became famous for his intense portrayal of the young hero. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_5

Martin turned to film in 1920, when he directed a cinematic adaptation of one of the most celebrated expressionist dramas, Georg Kaiser's From Morn to Midnight (Von morgens bis mitternachts) with actor Ernst Deutsch as the Cashier who embezzles money from a bank and goes on a desperate search for meaning in his life in a nightmarish metropolis. Karlheinz Martin_sentence_6

After World War II, Martin revived Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera in Berlin, and premiered Georg Kaiser's pacifist drama, The Soldier Tanaka (Der Soldat Tanaka). Karlheinz Martin_sentence_7

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