Richard Angst

Richard Angst (23 July 1905 – 24 July 1984) was a Swiss cinematographer who worked on more than ninety films during his career, most of them in Germany. Angst emerged as a leading photographer of mountain films during the silent era. He often worked with the director Arnold Fanck, and accompanied him in 1937 for The New Earth his troubled 1937 co-production with Japan.[1] While he worked on some Nazi propaganda films such as My Life for Ireland, many of the films he was employed on during the era were less political.[2]

Richard Angst
Born23 July 1905
Died24 July 1984 (1984-07-25) (aged 79)
Years active1927–1969

After the Second World War, he worked regularly in German commercial cinema often at CCC Film. He was the cinematographer for Fritz Lang's The Indian Tomb and The Tiger of Eschnapur (both 1959).

Selected filmography


  1. High p.161
  2. Reimer & Reimer p.40


  • High, Peter B. The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years' War, 1931-1945. University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.
  • Reimer, Robert C. & Reimer, Carol J. The A to Z of German Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

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