Friedrich Dürrenmatt

    January 5, 1921 December 14, 1990 • 69 y.o. (103)

    Full Name Friedrich Josef Dürrenmatt
    Place of Birth Konolfingen, Switzerland
    Place of Death Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    Citizenship Switzerland
    Career 1955 — 1990
    Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime

    Facts

    • Everett M. Ellestad, "Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Mausefalle (Mouse Trap)", The German Quarterly, 43, 4, 770–779, November 1970.
    • Gerhard P. Knapp, "Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Studien zu seinem Werk", Poesie und Wissenschaft, XXXIII, Lothar Stiehm Verlag, Heidelberg, 1976.
    • Neuchâtel

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    Title Ratings: 6.84
    My Ratings:
    • Drama 54%
    • Mystery 23%
    • Crime 15%
    • Thriller 8%
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                                  Author — 61

                                  2023
                                  1
                                  Искусство смерти, 2023 — (based on a story by)

                                  Drama, 1 hr 15 min
                                  Russia • Vladimir Beldiyan

                                    2021
                                    2
                                    Bi Hameh Chiz, 2021 — (play)

                                    Drama, 1 hr 59 min
                                    Iran • Mohsen Gharaie

                                      2017
                                      3
                                      Ночной разговор с палачом, 2017

                                      Short
                                      Russia • Yakov Sivchenko

                                        4
                                        2017 — (short story: Der Tunnel)

                                        Short, 11 min
                                        Germany, Switzerland • Christoph Daniel...

                                          2008
                                          5
                                          Der Besuch der alten Dame, 2008 — (play)

                                          Drama, 1 hr 28 min
                                          Germany, Austria • Nikolaus Leytner

                                            2006
                                            6
                                            2006 — (play)

                                            Drama, 1 hr 39 min
                                            Estonia • Roman Baskin

                                              2000
                                              7
                                              2000 — (play)

                                              Drama, 1 hr 39 min
                                              Czechia • Frantisek Filip

                                                8
                                                2000 — (book)

                                                Crime, Drama, Mystery, 2 hr 4 min
                                                United States, Canada • Sean Penn

                                                  1999
                                                  9
                                                  1999 — (play)

                                                  Drama, 1 hr 40 min
                                                  Czechia • Zdenek Zelenka

                                                    10
                                                    1999 — (play)


                                                    United States

                                                      1996
                                                      11
                                                      La dama regresa, 1996 — (play)

                                                      Drama, 1 hr 40 min
                                                      Argentina • Jorge Polaco

                                                        1994
                                                        12
                                                        1994 — (play)

                                                        Drama, 1 hr 40 min
                                                        Portugal • Artur Ramos

                                                          1993
                                                          13
                                                          1993 — (book)

                                                          Drama, 1 hr 9 min
                                                          Slovakia • Dusan Davidov

                                                            14
                                                            1993 — (play)

                                                            Musical, Comedy
                                                            Finland • Taru Mäkelä

                                                              15
                                                              1993 — (novel)

                                                              Drama, 1 hr 46 min
                                                              Germany, Switzerland • Hans W. Geissendörfer

                                                                1992
                                                                16
                                                                1992 — (play)

                                                                Drama, History, 1 hr 17 min
                                                                Czechoslovakia • Peter Mikulík

                                                                  17
                                                                  1992 — (novel)

                                                                  Crime, Drama, 1 hr 5 min
                                                                  Czechoslovakia • Martin Hollý

                                                                    18
                                                                    1992 — (play)

                                                                    Comedy, Drama, 1 hr 50 min
                                                                    Senegal, France, Switzerland • Djibril Diop Mambéty

                                                                      1989
                                                                      19
                                                                      Визит дамы, 1989 — (play)

                                                                      Drama, 2 hr 24 min
                                                                      Soviet Union • Mikhail Kozakov

                                                                        1988
                                                                        20
                                                                        Физики, 1988 — (play)

                                                                        Drama, Mystery, 1 hr 40 min
                                                                        Soviet Union • Oleg Ryabokon

                                                                          21
                                                                          1988 — (play)

                                                                          Comedy
                                                                          Norway • Per Bronken

                                                                            22
                                                                            1988 — (novel)

                                                                            Crime, 50 min
                                                                            West Germany • August Everding

                                                                              1982
                                                                              23
                                                                              1982 — (novel)

                                                                              Thriller, 1 hr 52 min
                                                                              United States, United Kingdom • George Schaefer

                                                                                1981
                                                                                24
                                                                                1981

                                                                                Drama, 47 min
                                                                                West Germany • Guy Kubli

                                                                                  1979
                                                                                  25
                                                                                  1979 — (novel)

                                                                                  Thriller, 2 hours
                                                                                  Italy • Alberto Negrin

                                                                                    1977
                                                                                    26
                                                                                    1977

                                                                                    Comedy
                                                                                    Czechoslovakia • Miroslav Dolejsí

                                                                                      1976
                                                                                      27
                                                                                      1976 — (play)

                                                                                      Drama, 1 hr 28 min
                                                                                      Yugoslavia • Mira Trailovic

                                                                                        1974
                                                                                        28
                                                                                        1974 — 1978 — (play)

                                                                                        Comedy, Drama, 1 hr 30 min
                                                                                        Spain • Alfredo Castellón...

                                                                                          29
                                                                                          Авария, 1974 — (novel)

                                                                                          Crime, Mystery, 2 hr 11 min
                                                                                          Soviet Union • Vitautas Zalakiavicius

                                                                                            30
                                                                                            1974 — (novel)

                                                                                            Crime, Drama, 1 hr 30 min
                                                                                            France • Daniel Le Comte

                                                                                              1973
                                                                                              31
                                                                                              1973 — (play)

                                                                                              Drama
                                                                                              Greece

                                                                                                1972
                                                                                                32
                                                                                                1972 — (novel)


                                                                                                Italy • Daniele D'Anza

                                                                                                  33
                                                                                                  La più bella serata della mia vita, 1972 — (play)

                                                                                                  Comedy, Drama, Mystery, 1 hr 46 min
                                                                                                  Italy, France • Ettore Scola

                                                                                                    34
                                                                                                    1972 — (play)

                                                                                                    Drama, 3 hr 20 min
                                                                                                    Italy • Daniele D'Anza

                                                                                                      35
                                                                                                      Последнее дело комиссара Берлаха, 1972 — (novel)

                                                                                                      Drama, 1 hr 40 min
                                                                                                      Soviet Union • Vasili Levin

                                                                                                        1971
                                                                                                        36
                                                                                                        1971 — (play)

                                                                                                        Drama
                                                                                                        Finland • Kyllikki Forssell

                                                                                                          37
                                                                                                          1971 — (play)


                                                                                                          France • Marcel Cravenne...

                                                                                                            38
                                                                                                            1971 — (play)


                                                                                                            France • Alberto Cavalcanti

                                                                                                              39
                                                                                                              1971 — (story "Die Panne")

                                                                                                              Drama, 2 hr 18 min
                                                                                                              India • Satyadev Dubey

                                                                                                                1970
                                                                                                                40
                                                                                                                1970 — (play)

                                                                                                                Drama, 1 hr 15 min
                                                                                                                Belgium • Kris Betz

                                                                                                                  1969
                                                                                                                  41
                                                                                                                  1969 — (play)

                                                                                                                  Drama, 58 min
                                                                                                                  Yugoslavia • Ivan Hetrich

                                                                                                                    1968
                                                                                                                    42
                                                                                                                    1968 — (play)

                                                                                                                    1 hr 40 min
                                                                                                                    Finland • Tom Segerberg

                                                                                                                      43
                                                                                                                      1968 — (play)

                                                                                                                      Comedy
                                                                                                                      Italy • Franco Enriquez

                                                                                                                        44
                                                                                                                        1968 — (play)

                                                                                                                        Drama, 1 hr 50 min
                                                                                                                        Switzerland, West Germany • Leopold Lindtberg

                                                                                                                          1966
                                                                                                                          45
                                                                                                                          1966 — (novel)

                                                                                                                          Crime, Drama
                                                                                                                          Czechoslovakia • Martin Hollý

                                                                                                                            46
                                                                                                                            1966 — (play)

                                                                                                                            1 hr 50 min
                                                                                                                            Finland • Ere Kokkonen

                                                                                                                              47
                                                                                                                              Grieche sucht Griechin, 1966 — (novel)

                                                                                                                              Comedy, 1 hr 29 min
                                                                                                                              West Germany • Rolf Thiele

                                                                                                                                48
                                                                                                                                1966 — (play)

                                                                                                                                45 min
                                                                                                                                Finland • Eila Lappalainen...

                                                                                                                                  1965
                                                                                                                                  49
                                                                                                                                  1965 — (play)

                                                                                                                                  Drama, 1 hr 32 min
                                                                                                                                  Czechoslovakia • Frantisek Filip

                                                                                                                                    50
                                                                                                                                    1965 — 2016 — (play)

                                                                                                                                    Drama, 1 hr 21 min
                                                                                                                                    Spain • Cayetano Luca de Tena...

                                                                                                                                      51
                                                                                                                                      1965 — (play)

                                                                                                                                      Comedy, 1 hr 38 min
                                                                                                                                      West Germany • Helmut Käutner

                                                                                                                                        1964
                                                                                                                                        52
                                                                                                                                        1964 — (play)

                                                                                                                                        Comedy, 2 hr 5 min
                                                                                                                                        West Germany • Fritz Umgelter

                                                                                                                                          53
                                                                                                                                          1964 — (play)

                                                                                                                                          Drama
                                                                                                                                          Portugal • Jorge Listopad

                                                                                                                                            54
                                                                                                                                            1964 — (play)

                                                                                                                                            Drama, 1 hr 40 min
                                                                                                                                            United States, Italy, France • Bernhard Wicki

                                                                                                                                              55
                                                                                                                                              1964 — 1968 — (play)

                                                                                                                                              Drama, 1 hr 30 min
                                                                                                                                              United Kingdom • Christopher Morahan...

                                                                                                                                                1962
                                                                                                                                                56
                                                                                                                                                1962 — (story)


                                                                                                                                                Italy • Vittorio Cottafavi

                                                                                                                                                  57
                                                                                                                                                  1962 — (play)

                                                                                                                                                  Drama, 35 min
                                                                                                                                                  West Germany • Werner Schlechte

                                                                                                                                                    1960
                                                                                                                                                    58
                                                                                                                                                    1960 — (play)

                                                                                                                                                    Drama, 50 min
                                                                                                                                                    West Germany • Rudolf Noelte

                                                                                                                                                      59
                                                                                                                                                      1960 — (radio play)

                                                                                                                                                      Musical, Comedy
                                                                                                                                                      Yugoslavia • Anton Marti

                                                                                                                                                        60
                                                                                                                                                        1960 — 1963 — (novel)

                                                                                                                                                        Drama, 1 hour
                                                                                                                                                        United Kingdom • Naomi Capon...

                                                                                                                                                          1953
                                                                                                                                                          61
                                                                                                                                                          Teatr Telewizji, 1953 — (drama) (play)

                                                                                                                                                          Drama, 1 hr 29 min
                                                                                                                                                          Poland • Krystyna Janda...

                                                                                                                                                            Writer — 45

                                                                                                                                                            1997
                                                                                                                                                            1
                                                                                                                                                            1997

                                                                                                                                                            Crime, Drama, 1 hr 25 min
                                                                                                                                                            Germany • Nico Hofmann

                                                                                                                                                              1996
                                                                                                                                                              2
                                                                                                                                                              1996 — (adaptation)

                                                                                                                                                              Drama, 1 hr 20 min
                                                                                                                                                              Czechia • Petr Koliha

                                                                                                                                                                3
                                                                                                                                                                1996 — (based on "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" by)

                                                                                                                                                                Drama, Thriller, 1 hr 36 min
                                                                                                                                                                United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany • Rudolf van den Berg

                                                                                                                                                                  1991
                                                                                                                                                                  4
                                                                                                                                                                  1991

                                                                                                                                                                  Drama
                                                                                                                                                                  Ilir Bega

                                                                                                                                                                    1990
                                                                                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                                                                                    Szürkület, 1990

                                                                                                                                                                    Crime, Drama, Mystery, 1 hr 45 min (in credits: F. Dürrenmatt)
                                                                                                                                                                    Hungary • György Fehér

                                                                                                                                                                      1989
                                                                                                                                                                      6
                                                                                                                                                                      1989 — (play)

                                                                                                                                                                      Comedy, 2 hr 40 min
                                                                                                                                                                      West Germany • Reinhard Zobel...

                                                                                                                                                                        1985
                                                                                                                                                                        7
                                                                                                                                                                        1985 — (short story "Die Wurst")

                                                                                                                                                                        Comedy, 1 hr 20 min
                                                                                                                                                                        Switzerland, France • Bay Okan

                                                                                                                                                                          1984
                                                                                                                                                                          8
                                                                                                                                                                          1984

                                                                                                                                                                          Drama
                                                                                                                                                                          Hungary • András Rajnai

                                                                                                                                                                            1983
                                                                                                                                                                            9
                                                                                                                                                                            1983

                                                                                                                                                                            Drama, 1 hr 44 min
                                                                                                                                                                            Hungary • András Rajnai

                                                                                                                                                                              1982
                                                                                                                                                                              10
                                                                                                                                                                              1982

                                                                                                                                                                              Drama, 1 hr 25 min
                                                                                                                                                                              Switzerland, West Germany • Max Peter Ammann

                                                                                                                                                                                1978
                                                                                                                                                                                11
                                                                                                                                                                                1978

                                                                                                                                                                                Crime
                                                                                                                                                                                Hungary • András Kern

                                                                                                                                                                                  1975
                                                                                                                                                                                  12
                                                                                                                                                                                  Der Richter und sein Henker, 1975 — (screenplay) (novel)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Drama, Mystery, Crime, 1 hr 46 min
                                                                                                                                                                                  West Germany, Italy • Maximilian Schell

                                                                                                                                                                                    13
                                                                                                                                                                                    1975


                                                                                                                                                                                    Portugal • Jorge Listopad

                                                                                                                                                                                      14
                                                                                                                                                                                      1975

                                                                                                                                                                                      Drama, 1 hr 34 min (in credits: Dürrenmatt)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hungary • Károly Esztergályos

                                                                                                                                                                                        1973
                                                                                                                                                                                        15
                                                                                                                                                                                        1973

                                                                                                                                                                                        Drama
                                                                                                                                                                                        Belgium • Dré Poppe

                                                                                                                                                                                          1972
                                                                                                                                                                                          16
                                                                                                                                                                                          1972


                                                                                                                                                                                          Argentina • Alejandro Doria

                                                                                                                                                                                            1971
                                                                                                                                                                                            17
                                                                                                                                                                                            1971 — (adaptation)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Comedy, 1 hr 25 min
                                                                                                                                                                                            West Germany, Switzerland • Dieter Schlotterbeck

                                                                                                                                                                                              18
                                                                                                                                                                                              1971 — (teleplay)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Drama, 1 hr 45 min
                                                                                                                                                                                              Austria • Georg Madeja...

                                                                                                                                                                                                19
                                                                                                                                                                                                1971 — (teleplay)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2 hr 15 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                West Germany • Oswald Döpke

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1969
                                                                                                                                                                                                  20
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1969 — (play) (writer)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drama, 1 hr 25 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Denmark • Hans-Henrik Krause

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1968
                                                                                                                                                                                                    21
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1968

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crime
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hungary • Imre Mihályfi

                                                                                                                                                                                                      22
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1968

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drama, 33 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Denmark • Birthe Helmer-Petersen

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1967
                                                                                                                                                                                                        23
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1967


                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hungary • Miklós Szinetár

                                                                                                                                                                                                          24
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1967 — (novel)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Comedy, 1 hr 55 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                          West Germany • Friedrich Dürrenmatt

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1965
                                                                                                                                                                                                            25
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1965 — 1973 — (writer)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crime, Drama, 30 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                            United Kingdom • Michael Hart...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              26
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1965 — 1970

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                              West Germany • Ernst Schnabel...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1964
                                                                                                                                                                                                                27
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1964

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Comedy, 2 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                West Germany • William Dieterle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  28
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1964

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  50 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finland • Carl Mesterton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1963
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1963

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Comedy, Crime, 44 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Denmark • Clara Østø

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1962
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1962 — (story)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sci-Fi, 1 hr 14 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italy • Vittorio Cottafavi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1962

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Drama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Switzerland • Kurt Horwitz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1961
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          32
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1961 — 1964 — (story)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canada • George McCowan...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            33
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi, 1961 — (screenplay) (play)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Comedy, Drama, 1 hr 35 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Switzerland, West Germany • Kurt Hoffmann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              34
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1961

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Short, Drama, 35 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Belgium

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                35
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1961

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Short, 30 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Switzerland • Roger Burckhardt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1959
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  36
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1959

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Comedy, Drama, 1 hr 55 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  West Germany • Ludwig Cremer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    37
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1959 — 1965 — uncredited

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Western, 50 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    United States • Thomas Carr...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1958
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      38
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1958

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drama, 1 hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Switzerland • Roger Burkhardt...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        39
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Es geschah am hellichten Tag, 1958 — (story) (novel) (screenplay)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crime, Drama, Thriller, 1 hr 40 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Switzerland, West Germany, Spain • Ladislao Vajda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1957
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1957 — 1960 — (story)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Drama, 30 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          United States • Robert Florey...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            41
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1957 — 1958 — (story)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crime, Drama, Mystery, 1 hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            United States • Don Medford...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              42
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1957 — (teleplay) (novel)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Drama, Mystery, 1 hr 29 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              West Germany • Franz Peter Wirth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                43
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1957

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drama, 1 hr 15 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                West Germany • Fritz Umgelter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1955
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  44
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1955 — 1967 — (story)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drama, 1 hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  United Kingdom • Cyril Coke...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1948
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    45
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1948 — 1958 — (story)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drama, 43 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    United States • Paul Nickell...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Director — 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1989
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1989 — (theatre version)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Comedy, 2 hr 40 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      West Germany • Reinhard Zobel...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1967
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1967

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Comedy, 1 hr 55 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        West Germany • Friedrich Dürrenmatt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actor — 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1975
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Der Richter und sein Henker, 1975 — Lamont Friedrich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Drama, Mystery, Crime, 1 hr 46 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          West Germany, Italy • Maximilian Schell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1966
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grieche sucht Griechin, 1966 — narrator, voice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Comedy, 1 hr 29 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            West Germany • Rolf Thiele

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other — 15

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