Merkel pays tribute to 'Downfall' producer

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute Wednesday to German film producer Bernd Eichinger, behind international hits such as "Downfall" and "The Name of the Rose", who has died of a heart attack aged 61.

"Cinema has not just lost one of the most successful producers of recent decades, but also one its most passionate driving forces and dreamers," Merkel said in a statement.

He died in Los Angeles on Monday after collapsing during a meal with family and friends, his firm Constantin Film said.

Eichinger first made his name in 1981 with the harrowing drugs drama "Christiane F. - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo".

Thereafter dividing his time between Hollywood and Europe, he produced films such as "The NeverEnding Story" (1984), "The Name of the Rose" (1986) starring Sean Connery and the big-budget "Resident Evil" series.

He also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for the Oscar-nominated films "Downfall" (2004) about Hitler's final days; "The Baader Meinhof Complex" (2008) about left-wing German guerrillas in the 1970s; and the star-studded "Perfume" (2006).

© 2011 AFP

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