Benno von Arent
1898 - 1956
The production designer and architect Benno von Arent was born as Benno Georg Eduard Wilhlem Joachim von Arent in Görlitz.
Before he began his artistic career he served in World War I. After the war he finished an education at a company for gas meters and fittings bevore he became a costum designer.
He came to the theater in 1923 where he became responsible for the stage settings but his great success began at the beginning of the 30s where he belonged to the early member of the SS and NSDAP. He was promoted to the management of the Reichstheaterkammer and he created numerous stage settings for important houses like the German Opera House. Beside it he also created uniforms and designed decorations.
He was also appreciated by Adolf Hitler for his activity as a stage designer.
Benno von Arent became a production designer in the the film business from 1931 and he was responsible for the deocration for the movies "Ronny" (31), "Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag" (32), "Viktor und Viktoria" (33), "Lachende Erben" (33), "Hitlerjunge Quex" (33), "Die Insel" (34), "Ein idealer Gatte" (35) and "Es leuchten die Sterne" (38).
Moveover he also created the costumes for the movies "Die schönste Frau der Welt" (24) and "Ronny" (31).
Once Benno von Arent also appeared as an actor in front of the camera for "Die Vorbestraften" (27).
Despite his many orders for the theater and movie he also worked as an architect. To his most popular realisations belong the "Berliner Haus der Deutschen Arbeiterfront", also called DAF.
During World War II he served by Heinrich Himmler where he became "SS Oberführer" When he got a prisoner by the Sovjet Union afte the war it lasted eight years till he was released again in 1953.