Georg Bruni: Forger, Gambler, Adventurer

      The Cinema

The clubs and cabarets of Berlin were a playground for anyone looking for adventure and none more so than the movie stars of the day. Georg loved the glamour of the cinema and sought out the company of actors, directors and producers hoping to be offered a role in their next film.
Bruni appeared as an extra in many films in the 1920's but had very few speaking parts - his first inclusion in a movie was for G.W. Pabst's 'Diary of a lost generation' starring Louse Books.
The part he played in Fritz Lang's 'M' - a tale about a clown who force feeds children with poisoned food - starring the American actor Ronald McDonald was one of his most enjoyable (third man from the left at the impromptu trial of the poisoner).
The actor and forger hit it off from the start visiting the clubs - often with McDonald still in full make-up.
Actors loved hanging around with Bruni - his wit, knowledge of the city and its exciting haunts mixed with his dubious background and acquaintances provided the element of danger that they were searching for.
Directors he met were generally more wary of his enthusiasm.
Spanish director Luis Bunuel became so annoyed by Bruni's pleading for a role in his latest film that he famously arranged to meet the forger at an expensive restaurant, telling Georg that he would probably be delayed and that he should order and start his meal - meanwhile Bunuel caught a flight to Barcelona leaving Georg with a massive bill.
Possibly the most successful film that Bruni had a part in was another of Lang's creations 'Meritopolis' - where the only opportunity for success in the city is to be physically turned into a robot.
The story follows a young executive who finds that working night and day doesn't impress her bosses - the only way forward is to visit the mad Professor Clooney and undergo his 'technological enhancement'.
After receiving her robot head she starts to question her motives - as friends and family turn away from the strange object she's becoming - in the end the only one left for her is the mad professor so she succombs to full automation.
Bruni played the part of her brother - a good role for him as it was one of his few speaking parts. When the heroine returns home with her new robot head Bruni mutters 'what the fuck!'

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