Quando Ascona era l’ombelico del mondo a comprare i quadri di Luigi Pericle troviamo la coppia Brigitte Helm e il Dr. Kunheim che abitano a Porto Ronco vicino ad Ascona appunto :

Brigitte Helm

in Metropolis, Fritz Lang

Brigitte Helm is the wife of Dr. H. E. Kunheim, Porto Ronco



La coppia certificata storicamente


Brigitte Helm

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Brigitte Helm
Born Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm 17 March 1906
Died 11 June 1996 (aged 90)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1978
Spouse(s) Rudolf Weissbach Dr. Hugo von Kuenheim (m. 1935–unknown)

Brigitte Helm (17 March 1906 – 11 June 1996) was a German actress, best remembered for her dual role as Maria and her double, the Maschinenmensch, in Fritz Lang‘s 1927 silent film Metropolis.


Born Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm in Berlin, Helm’s first role was that of Maria in Metropolis which she began work on while only 18 years old. After Metropolis, Helm made over thirty other films, including talking pictures, before retiring in 1936. Her other appearances include The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927), Alraune (1928), L’Argent (1928), Gloria (1931), The Blue Danube (1932), L’Atlantide (1932), and Gold (1934).

Though having a 10-year contract with UFA expiring in 1935, Helm incurred the wrath of Nazi Germany for “race defilement” in marrying her second husband Dr. Hugo Kunheim, an industrialist of Jewish background.[1] Helm was also involved in several traffic accidents, and was briefly imprisoned.[2][3] According to Otto Dietrich‘s book The Hitler I KnewAdolf Hitler himself saw that manslaughter charges against her from an automobile accident were dropped.[4]

Helm retired from films because she was “disgusted with the Nazi takeover of the film industry”.[5] In 1935, she moved to Switzerland where she later had four children with von Kunheim. In her later years, she refused to grant any interviews concerning her film career. Helm was considered for the title role in Bride of Frankensteinbefore Elsa Lanchester was given the role.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. Jump up^ p.127 Huff, David Stewart Film in the Third Reich University of California Press
  2. Jump up^ Obituary: Brigitte Helm – Obituaries – News. The Independent (1996-06-18). Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  3. Jump up^ Portrait of the actress Brigitte Helm by Thomas Staedeli Archived February 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Cyranos.ch. Retrieved on 2013-11-02.
  4. Jump up^ p.218 Dietrich, Otto The Hitler I Knew Methuen, 1957
  5. Jump up^ https://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/14/arts/brigitte-helm-88-cool-star-of-fritz-lang-s-metropolis.html
  6. Jump up^ Curtis, pp. 243–44
  • Curtis, James (1998). James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters. Boston, Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-19285-8.
  • Semler, Daniel (2008). Brigitte Helm: Der Vamp des deutschen Films. Munich, Belleville. ISBN 3-936298-56-4


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