Oswald Hafenrichter

Oswald Eduard Hafenrichter (10 April 1899 1973) was an Austrian-British film editor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for The Third Man (1949).

Oswald Hafenrichter
Oswald Eduard Hafenrichter

10 April 1899
DiedMay 1973 (age 74)
Hounslow, London
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
OccupationFilm editor
Years active19311973
Edith E. Burbeck (m. 1938)


Hafenrichter was born to George and Friedericka Hafenrichter in Oplotniz, Duchy of Styria (today Oplotnica, Slovenia).[1] In the first half of the 1920s, he studied medicine in Graz and Vienna then moved to Berlin, where he became an editor at UFA GmbH in 1926.[2]

A member of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), Hafenrichter fell under the radar of the Nazi Party in the 1930s, when he was arrested multiple times. He moved to Vienna, where he met the Italian director and producer Carmine Gallone. He worked on his film Al sole (1936) in Austria, and then followed him back to Italy. He stayed in Rome until 1940, when he fled first to France and then the United Kingdom. Allowed in as a communist refugee from the Nazis, he worked for the Ministry of Information editing propaganda films.[2]

He joined Sir Alexander Korda's London Films after the war, when foreigners were again allowed to work in feature films, and also worked for Carol Reed. His post-war films included An Ideal Husband (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948), and The Third Man (1949), receiving a nomination for Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the latter at the 23rd Academy Awards.[3]

Hafenrichter then alternated between Italy and England for the rest of his career, which ended in the 1970s with the editing of a series of Hammer horror films.

Personal life

He married Londoner Edith E. Burbeck in 1948, and had sons Conrard (1949), Stephen (1955), and Roland (1960). He died in Hounslow in May 1973 after a long illness.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965
  2. Weniger, Kay (2011). 'Es wird im Leben dir mehr genommen als gegeben ...' Lexikon der aus Deutschland und Osterreich emigrierten Filmschaffenden 1933 bis 1945: Eine Gesamt bersicht (in German). ACABUS Verlag. pp. 226–227. ISBN 9783862820498. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  3. McFarlane, Brian (2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. p. 187. ISBN 9781526111968. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  4. "Mr. Oswald Hafenrichter". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 1 June 1973. p. 16.
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