Thea von Harbou


Born
in Döhlau (then Tauperlitz), Hof, Bavaria, Germany
December 27, 1888

Died
July 01, 1954

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Thea Gabriele von Harbou was a prolific German author and screenwriter, best known today for writing the screenplay of the silent film epic Metropolis (1927). She published over forty books, including novels, children’s books, and collections of short stories, essays, poems, and novellas.

For the German film industry, she wrote or collaborated on more than seventy screenplays in the silent and sound era. At one time, she was the highest-paid screenwriter in Germany.

She married three times: first to actor Rudolph Klein-Rogge, who played leading roles in many of her films, second to film director Fritz Lang, and third to Indian journalist and patriot Ayi Tendulkar. She had no children of her own.

In spite of her extraordinary success in the mal
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Metropolis

3.61 avg rating — 1,106 ratings — published 1925 — 308 editions
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Das indische Grabmal

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Das Nibelungenbuch

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The rocket to the moon

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M – A Film by Fritz Lang

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The Girl in the Moon [alter...

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Spies

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Die Unheilige Dreifaltigkeit

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“The mediator between head and hands must be the heart!”
Thea von Harbou, Metropolis

“This book is not of today or of the future.
It tells of no place.
It serves no cause, party or class.
It has a moral which grows on the pillar of understanding:
“The mediator between brain and muscle must be the Heart.”
—T. vH.”
Thea von Harbou, Metropolis

“Beautiful Maria, how Sweet are your hips... Is the man whom you love never to find that out? Beautiful Maria, listen to what I say to you: only a little to one side of this way, a flight of stairs leads steeply upward, leading to freedom... Your knees are trembling... how sweet that is! Do you think to overcome your weakness by clasping your hands? You call upon God, but believe me: God does not hear you! Since I came upon the earth as the great flood, to destroy all in existence but Noah’s ark, God has been deaf to the scream of His creatures.  Or did you think I had forgotten how the mothers screamed then? Have you more responsibility on your conscience than God on His? Turn back, beautiful Maria, turn back!”
Thea von Harbou, Metropolis

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