Carline Seiser

Carline Seiser
Born (1960-07-09) 9 July 1960
Munich, West Germany
(now Germany)
OccupationActress, painter and sculptor
Years active1977–1979; 1991 (actor)
(m. 1980; div. 1988)

Carline Seiser (born 9 July 1960)[1] is a German actress, painter and sculptor. She became known in the late 1970s for her role in the science fiction film The Hamburg Syndrome.

Life and career

Seiser was born in Starnberg.[2] Seiser's father died a few years after she was born, so she grew up with her younger brother Philipp Seiser and an older sister with her mother, two aunts and her grandparents. Her mother worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk and her aunt taught drama at the Münchner Kammerspiele. This creative environment had a lasting influence on her childhood and later adolescence. Seiser was already enthusiastic about the arts as a child. Encounters with paintings by various artists finally brought her to painting herself.

However, Seiser is best known for her short career as an actress when she was young. In 1977 she played her first role in an ensemble alongside Gustl Bayrhammer, Helmut Fischer, Michael Degen and Volker Prechtel in the television series Tatort, in the feature-length episode Das Mädchen am Klavier ("The Girl at the Piano") by director Lutz Büscher.[3] A year later she was directed by Diethard Klante in his crime drama Lauter anständige Menschen ("Loud Decent People") alongside Werner Asam, Hilde Lermann and Horst Michael Neutze.[4]

In 1978, the director Peter Fleischmann cast Seiser for the female lead of Ulrike in The Hamburg Syndrome, a four million DM utopian end-of-times drama with surreal features, alongside Helmut Griem, Fernando Arrabal, Ulrich Wildgruber and Tilo Prückner. The disturbing film did not have any outstanding commercial success when it was shown in 1979,[5] but in professional circles it quickly received positive reviews, who called it one of the most intelligent and timeless dramas in German science fiction, because of its excellent cast and the atmospheric music by Jean-Michel Jarre, being positively compared with Rainer Erler's dystopian drama Operation Ganymed.[6][7][8][9] The Hamburg Syndrome was broadcast again as part of the art theme evening Die Rückkehr der Viren ("The Return of the Viruses").[10]

Through her brother Philipp, who met Konstantin Wecker as a musician in 1979 and went on tour with him in Germany, she came into contact with Wecker, an actor, singer and songwriter, who was born in Munich in 1947. After completing filming of The Hamburg Syndrome, she largely put her film career on hold and the couple married in 1980. Seiser and Wecker separated in 1988.[11] In 1991, Seiser was seen on film again under the direction of Wolf Gaudlitz in the television film Die Väter des Nardino ("The Fathers of Nardino").[2]

In addition to her later work as a painter and sculptor with exhibitions in Munich and Vienna,[12] Seiser also worked in theater for stage design and costume, and designed posters for theater and film projects.


  • Tatort (TV series, 1977, episode "Das Mädchen am Klavier" ["The Girl at the Piano"])
  • Lauter anständige Menschen (1978)
  • The Hamburg Syndrome (1979)
  • Die Väter des Nardino (1991)


  1. ^ "Biography of Carline Seiser". Saatchi Art.
  2. ^ a b "Carline Seiser". (in German). Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Das Mädchen am Klavier – Tatort". Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen (ARD) (in German). 20 December 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Lauter anständige Menschen". Willkommen im Deutschen Filmhaus (in German). Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  5. ^ Hippen, Wilfried (18 April 2020). "Der Film zur Epidemie" [The film about the epidemic]. Die Tageszeitung (in German). Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  6. ^ Blumenberg, Hans C. (7 December 1979). "Filmtips: Die Hamburger Krankheit". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 20 August 2021. Die Hamburger Krankheit von Peter Fleischmann ist ein chaotischer Film über chaotische Zustände, erheblich reizvoller, ungewöhnlicher und intelligenter als es die vielen Verrisse vermuten lassen. ... So exzentrisch wie das Personal dieser apokalyptischen Farce zwischen Reeperbahn und Almhütte ist auch Fleischmanns Inszenierung: eine Folge von gewaltsamsten Stilbrüchen, ohne Rücksichten auf ästhetische Verluste.
  7. ^ Karasek, Hellmuth (23 September 1979). "Unheilbar" [Incurable]. Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 20 August 2021. An Randfiguren sieht man, daß Fleischmann der gelackten und geschönten neudeutschen Wirklichkeit eine Art Bunuel-Welt der Kranken, Maroden, Ausgestoßenen entgegensetzen wollte.
  8. ^ "Film: Die Hamburger Krankheit". Deutsche Filmbewertung und Medienbewertung FBW (in German). Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Die Hamburger Krankheit". Filmfest Hamburg 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Die Hamburger Krankheit" [The Hamburg Syndrome]. Cinema (in German).
  11. ^ "Konstantin Wecker Biography" (in German). Konstantin Wecker's official website.

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