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Born in Cologne, he studied history of art, theater, world literature, and philosophy. He did post-graduate work in Munich before winning a scholarship to Yale Drama, where he also earned a doctorate in American literature. He lived in the United States for several years, where he worked with the American Ballet Arts school and with Eva LaGallienne. He established himself as a much-sought-after director who worked extensively in Cologne, Bremen, Salzburg and Munich, where he became the resident director of the Bavarian State Theater. He returned to America when he was invited by the American Educational Theater Association.Kracht made 18 experimental films which attracted great attention in Germany and which were presented in festivals in San Francisco, Guadalajara, London and Cannes. He began experimenting with polagraphy. Within two years his work was exhibited in Paris, Germany, Switzerland and New York and is now found in private and public collections both here and in Europe.He died in Marbella in 2005.