Reading various interviews about Emilia Schüle, the German actress currently starring in the Marie Antoinette (2022) miniseries, constantly mention how many frock flicks she’s previously done, but I’ve never heard of her! So I had to go track her down. Looks like she’s done a LOT of stuff in Germany, not so much for American/international cinema. So, let’s broaden our horizons, shall we?
Okay, so not historical, but!
Striving for Freedom (2013)
A German TV movie about a young German widow who goes to Texas in 1844.
Berlin One (2015)
A TV movie set in the … 1930s? … about a police officer battling his demons.
Ku’damm 56 (2016)
A drama miniseries about a woman who owns a dance school and is raising three daughters, including Schüle, in Berlin, 1956.
“The series describes the accomplishments of several famous German physicians and scientists at the prestigious Charité hospital in Berlin during its history,” per IMDB.
Ku’damm 59 (2018)
The same family, now in 1959! One daughter wants “more,” one wants to rock n’ roll!
“A romantic drama set in 1961 that follows a young studio extra’s ambitious efforts to reunite with the French girl he loves after being separated by the construction of the Berlin Wall,” again per IMDB.
Narcissus and Goldmund (2020)
A feature film about two medieval monks. Not sure how Schüle’s character plays in.
Ku’damm 63 (2021)
Our mom and daughters are now in 1963!
Marie Antoinette (2022)
She plays the Austrian archduchess who marries the heir to the French throne in this currently-airing-in-the-US miniseries.
Which Emilia Schüle shows/movies have you seen? What did you think?
To be fair I doubt there’s a wide choice of Native American actors in Germany. The hennin in Narcissus and Goldmund is very nice, though I have my doubts about the matchy- matchy- color scheme, and of course way too much hair is showing.
At least it looks like they managed one for the lead male Indigenous role, since Indigenous Canadian actor Wesley French plays the character “Buffalo Hump.” Scanning the rest of the IMDB list though, it’s definitely a lot of ‘well so long as we slap braids and buckskin on them, it works.’
Oh, my … the background of cliffs in the still for “Striving For Freedom” look nothing like the Texas Hill Country, which is where the land grant taken up by the Mainzer Adelsverein in the mid 1840s was situated. That is all low rolling limestone hills and meadows spotted with oak trees – not towering grey cliffs.
Guess they went to film in the same place that they filmed the execrable “Texas Rising” series.
I’m not going to lie, ‘Buffalo Hump’ is a name that strikes me as probably sounding better in the original language.
I’m in no mood “to be fair” after decades of poor representation. If they can’t afford to bring in Indigenous American actors to play the parts, the producers should work on another project.
I tend to agree, yeah. And it would be worth it to put in the effort to cast accurately even if it meant putting less of the budget into other areas, I think.
Actually, I’ll give the Germans a pass on that one, though it’s not great. In my opinion the UK is the worst offender in the “not hiring Americans” department. 99% of actors “playing Americans” sound HORRIBLE. The British actors who actually can pull off American actors are working HERE, NOT THERE. They definitely have the money to fly an American actor over for an American role instead of sticking a Brit who CANNOT master the accent in a part.
Well since you’ve already pinched half our actors, we need to keep the other half busy or they’ll run off too!
The guy who plays the Native American is hot!!!!! I really want to see “Germany does 1800s Texas”!!! I’m sure she’s a good actress, and some of these projects seem interesting, but Lord, Marie Antoinette on PBS is soooooo boring!!! Your posts have been more interesting than the actual series. The “seductive backstage” pic looks almost identical to a scene from season 1 of Bridgerton. And hooray to FrockFlicks for going international!!! I hope the trend continues!!
It’s fascinating to note how some actresses (and actors) can look very different depending on the exact role they’re dressing up for and how others are completely unmistakeable no matter what Look they happen to be wearing.
It’s also amusing to note that Germany seems to have her very own Lily James (The two actresses even share at least one of the same roles) and that ‘Auntie Beeb’ somehow managed to borrow her for Marie Antoinette.
I think my favourite Look from this particular gallery (or at least my favourite picture) has to be the image of Miss Emilia in that furry cape, a-horse in the snow: it looks so Cozy!
Austrian speaking: Emilia Schüle really is a very good actress and very known in the German-speaking countries. And yes, there are some weaker movies she played in, but I feel that this isn‘t less her fault but a flaw of the German film industry, which often has its focus on similar topics (WW2, for example, I bet half of all German actors and actresses had a part in one of these movies). So at least Emilias historical movies are a little bit more diverse.
Also, I would recommend the Ku‘damm trilogy, it is a bit melodramatic, but very solid!
Of course, I meant „IS less her fault“ – sorry.
Content warning for sexual assault for ‘Ku’damm’ / ‘The Berlin Dance School.’
I’m Sorry, I’m a simple person, I see 1930s ,I’m immediately Intrigued by Art Deco Glamor!
Looks Better than Goddamn Peaky Blinders? But Nazi’s are involved? If so, I’m out!
But what if the Nazis are getting their ***** kicked?!?
In Charité, she plays Hedwig Freiberg, an actress who becomes the mistress and later wife of Dr. Robert Koch (the guy with the syringe in the picture). She takes an interest in his microbiology research and volunteers to be injected with a potential tuberculosis treatment, which I think is the scene pictured. I highly recommend the series.
I recently watched both ‘Charite’ and its WWII set sequel ‘Charité at War.’ I liked the first series better. It’s not as cinematic as ‘The Knick,’ but similar setting and fascinating real life figures it dramatizes.
Agreed. I ended up watching Charité because I was looking for something to fill the historical medicine show gap left by The Knick. I also like to think that watching German TV shows helps me retain some of my German.
I do like her as an German actress. The posters of “Narziss und Goldmund” were looking interesting and it was looking good for a German production. It’s nice to see some German actors here too.