The Berlin Film Festival has organized tribute screenings to mark the recent passing of two actors who had a long history with the event. On February 11, Philip Seymour Hoffman will be honored with a showing of Capote, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar in 2006. That film also played in competition here that year. Other Hoffman films to have appeared in Berlin include 2003 Panorama title Owning Mahowny; Spike Lee’s 25th Hour; Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, which won the Golden Bear in 2000. In memory of Maximilian Schell, who passed away on February 1, producers Margit Chuchra, Dieter Pochlatko, and Werner Schweizer are presenting his film My Sister Maria in collaboration with the festival and the German Film Academy. The special screening is set for Sunday. Schell’s Marlene Dietrich documentary Marlene, ran in competition here in 1984. He returned to the competition as an actor in Jeroen Krabbé’s Left Luggage in 1998.
Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s Judgment At Nuremberg, has passed away in Austria after “a sudden and serious illness,” it was reported by the Austria Press Agency. He was 83. Schell escaped Nazi Germany with his family to Switzerland initially before becoming an actor. He began on the stage and appeared in German films before coming to Hollywood in 1958. Only three years later, in 1961, he would land what was to be the role he would be most remembered for: the defense attorney in Nuremberg who argued the fate of four Nazi judges who were on trial for sentencing innocent people to death. That role won the Oscar for Schell for Best Actor. Schell would continue a career that spanned over 60 years. His first role, however, was in the WWII pic The Young Lions with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Other film credits include The Odessa File and A Bridge Too Far. In 1976, Schell was recognized again for a best actor Oscar nomination for The Man In The Glass Booth and two years later, he garnered another actor nomination (this time for supporting) for his role in Julia which also starred Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Robards. He also became an accomplished producer and director. He wrote, produced, directed and starred in First Love about a young boy who falls in love with a girl, only to realize that she is in love with his father (Schell). The film was nominated for a Best Foreign film Oscar in 1970.