1913 - 1994
The cinematographer for special effects, Theodor Nischwitz, worked as an apprentice for the Kopierwerk Afifa from 1930, one year later he joined the trick department of the Ufa in Babelsberg.
During his training as a cinematographer he chose the field of special effects and became soon an experienced artist of his line.
From 1931 he war regularly involved in special effects for feature movies like "Bomben auf Monte Carlo" (31), "F.P. 1 antwortet nicht" (32), "Gold" (34) - where he performed the electric effects - "Liebe, Tod und Teufel" (34), "Amphitryon" (35) - where he created the eye flashes - "Capriccio" (38) and "Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht" (39).
His film work was interrupted for a short time because of his entry to the military. He was assigned as a war correspondent to the West and East front before he was suspended from the military for his cooperation for the movies "Stukas" (41) and "Besatzung Dora" (43). He used the opportunity and also worked for the special effects for the colourful costume movie "Münchhausen" (43), where he was responsible for the sequence with the superfast runner and with the long-distance gun.
He continued his career successfully after the war and realized impressive special effects. To his well-known post-war movies belong "Sauerbruch - Das war mein Leben" (54), "Ein Mann geht durch die Wand" (59), "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen" (60), "Das Spukschloss im Spessart" (60) and the serial "Raumpatrouille" (66).
Theodor Nischwitz was in the lucky situation to carry on his profession
till to old age. To his last impressive works belong "Karl May" (74), "Hitler
- Ein Film aus Deutschland" (77), "Fedora" (78), the serial "Das Boot"
(81), where he created the sequences with the submarine tower in the storm,
and "Der Zauberberg" (81).
Other movies from Theodor Nischwitz: